Instructions After Bone Grafting Procedure

For Pain

Unless you have received different instructions from the doctor, take 2-3 tablets of Ibuprofen 200mg (Advil, Motrin) every 4-6 hours. If you find this is not controlling your pain well enough, you may take the prescription pain medicine in addition. Remember that narcotic pain medications can slow reflexes and make you groggy, making driving and operating machinery dangerous. If pain increases after the first 4-5 days, call our office. If antibiotics were prescribed, take them as directed until gone.

Do not disturb the wound

Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery. If gauze is needed, be sure to wet the gauze before placing it into the mouth.

Avoid chewing hard  or crunchy foods on graft site

During the first few weeks, eat soft foods like yogurt, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, pasta, etc. Try not to chew in areas where surgery was performed. Definitely avoid eating foods such as peanuts, pocorn and chips. Rinse thoroughly after eating to prevent food from infecting the surgical site.

Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is important following surgery to prevent infection. You may begin gently rinsing with water, saltwater, or mouthwash 20 hours after surgery. Saltwater rinses can be made by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water. Avoid brushing directly on the surgery site. Brush the remainder of the teeth as usual.

No Smoking

Smoking can complicate your healing process and could lead to bone graft failure. It is preferred that you do not smoke throughout your healing process, however, if you do it is at your own risk.

Restrict activities

Restrict your daily activities the day of surgery and preferably the next day (rest and keep your head up) and resume normal activity when you feel comfortable.