Home Care Instructions: Bone Grafting Surgery
For the best possible experience healing from bone grafting procedures, please follow these instructions and tips closely:
- Bleeding: A small amount of bleeding is normal throughout the day following surgery. If bleeding is excessive, use a moist gauze pad to keep light pressure on the area for 20-30 minutes continuously without interruption. If bleeding continues past 48 hours, please contact us.
- Do Not Disturb: It is extremely important for proper bone graft healing to leave the surgical site alone. Don’t touch it with your tongue or fingers, and don’t lift the lip or pull back the cheek to look at it. This can cause the sutures to tear and will delay healing.
- Bone Granules: Do not be alarmed if you discover small granules of bone in the mouth for the first few days after the surgery – this is normal.
- Rest: Rest for the remainder of the day after your surgery, and avoid strenuous physical activity for 2-3 days thereafter.
- Pain: Follow the pain management instructions given to you in our office.
- Swelling: An ice pack may be applied to the face over the surgical area for 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off as needed to relieve swelling and discomfort.
- Hygiene: Brush your teeth, however avoid the operated area for the first day, and be very gentle thereafter.
- Avoid straws, smoking and vigorous rinsing to protect the surgical site.
- Rinse: You may hold a warm saltwater solution in the mouth for comfort for 2-3 minutes per hour. If we prescribed antimicrobial rinse, follow instructions for gentle rinsing as prescribed.
- Eating: Start with clear liquids (NO straws), and increase your diet to include soft foods as you feel ready. Do not chew at the surgical site.
- Sinuses: For sinus procedures, do not blow your nose for one week.
- Numbness: You may have a temporary numbness in the gums, and your teeth may feel loose for a few days. This is normal and will resolve.