Post-Op Care for Your Bone Graft Procedure

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.

Post-graft care:

  • 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.


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