Post-Op Care for Your Bone Graft Procedure
Expect the following post-surgery:
- Bleeding: small amounts are normal and may continue for the first 24 hours.
- Pain: moderate discomfort will occur after the anesthesia wears off and can continue for several days.
- Swelling: some may occur along with discoloration of your lip and/or your cheek for a few days.
- Sensation: a temporary loss of feeling in the location on your gums is normal. Your teeth may also feel loose for a period of time along with some sensitivity to hot/cold.
- Rest and avoid tenuous activity for the next 24 hours following your procedure.
- Keep your blood pressure low to reduce any bleeding and enhance healing.
- Reduce your pain with over-the-counter pain relievers (Tylenol, Advil, non-aspirin pain relievers) every 4 to 6 hours until bedtime.
- Use prescribed pain medication as directed and with food or milk to reduce stomach irritation.
- Avoid alcohol if taking any prescribed pain medication or antibiotics.
- Apply an ice-bag to the facial area of your procedure in 15 minute increments for the first day following your procedure.
- Eat soft foods for the first 2 to 4 days, maintain a balanced diet, and drink plenty of water.
- Avoid alcohol for 48 hours post-procedure.
- Avoid chewing directly on the area of your procedure.
- Brush all of your teeth following each meal. Avoid the treatment area for the first 24 hours.
- Do not rinse your mouth vigorously and do not use a Waterpik®
- Use a salt water solution to alleviate any discomfort (1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda + 8 ounces of warm water). Mix and hold in your mouth for 2 to 3 minutes every hour as necessary.
- Avoid blowing your nose or any activity that would stress your sinuses if your sinus was involved in the procedure. Use a decongestant if necessary.
- Avoid lifting your lip or disturbing the procedure area. This could irritate or open your sutures/incision.
- Stop smoking following your procedure to speed healing. Smoking may cause graft to fail.
- Take all prescribed antibiotics as directed for the duration of the prescription. Women: consult your pharmacist about birth control complications with antibiotics.
- Use an anti-microbial mouth rinse if instructed to do so.
- Return as scheduled to your dentist for suture removal and follow-up.
Contact your dentist if you experience any of the following:
- Uncontrollable pain
- Excessive or severe bleeding
- Marked fever
- Excessive warm swelling in the days following your procedure
- Reactions to any prescribed medications (rash, itching, breathing issues)
Follow these instruction to assure a comfortable healing period and eliminate complications.