After your bone grafting procedure has been completed you will have bone placed into extraction site(s) to help heal and preserve your jawbone in preparation for implant replacement surgery. The bone graft itself is made up of numerous small particles. During the first several days after your bone graft procedure you may feel and find small granules inside your mouth. Do not be alarmed as it is normal to have particles come out of the graft site and into your mouth.
To help promote bone healing and to minimize the amount of particles that become dislodged try to do the following:
- Never touch or apply pressure to the wound site with your fingers, tongue or any other object, as the bone graft site material is soft and pliable during the initial healing stage.
- Do not smoke for a minimum of two weeks after surgery.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages for a minimum of one week after surgery.
- Do not chew or create pressure directly on and near the graft site until healed.
Gentle salt water rinsing should be performed for the first time on the evening of the surgery. Use warm water consisting of (1/2) teaspoon of salt diluted in cup of warm water. Rinse a minimum of four to five times a day after the first evening. Patients are asked to gently brush and floss twice a day starting the day after surgery with a soft bristle brush. Rinse mouth and be careful not to disturb the graft area while brushing. Remember the better your oral hygiene, the faster your mouth will heal.
It is our wish that your recovery is smooth, timely and as pleasant as possible. Make sure to get the detailed after patient care information list before your surgery. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.