A bone graft procedure often follows tooth extraction in cases where the jawbone needs additional strength for successful dental implantation. Although it is a safe procedure, there are a few postoperative dos and don’ts to adhere to, which we have detailed below.

Bone Graft Aftercare

The immediate actions you need to take after the grafting procedure are keeping the gauze pack in place with firm pressure over the area and removal after a period of 30 minutes. If bleeding persists, change with a new one and bite on it firmly.
Once it stops and you remove the gauze pad, steer clear of mouth rinsing or chewing in the areas of the bone grafting to avoid any damage to the bone graft. Regarding eating, a liquid or soft-food diet is recommended for the first 24 hours.
Steer clear of chewing directly on the surgical site even after 24 hours pass. Do not indulge in hard, crunchy, or spicy foods; take the prescribed pain medications. Make arrangements beforehand and plan ahead to rest. Restrict strenuous activities and return to normal routine slowly. When there is significant pain and inflammation on the graft site, place ice packs on the outside of the face to lessen it.

Oral Hygiene

A proper oral care regime is non-negotiable after a bone graft that is followed by tooth extraction. It is crucial because adequate mouth cleaning helps reduce the risks of developing an infection. However, we do not encourage vigorous brushing; very gentle rinsing should begin after 12 hours of bone graft surgery and tooth extraction.
Make sure you do not skip mouthwash if it’s prescribed to you. However, in case your dentist did not write one, rinse gently with warm salt water solution 2 times daily. As far as brushing teeth is concerned, it is better to start after a day of bone graft surgery.

Dietary Modification

  • Switch to a soft diet or liquids entirely after tooth extraction and bone graft. Soft mashed potatoes, beans, boiled veggies, bone broths, soups, and milkshakes are some good options.
  • Non-chewy foods are a good option for 1 week after surgery, like scrambled eggs or pasta.
  • DO NOT eat hard or crunchy items like nuts, seeds, chips, popcorn, etc., for at least 14 days post tooth extraction and bone graft to prevent an infection in the surgical site.
  • DO NOT start with mouth rinsing for the first 12 hours after your surgery. When you cross the mark, rinse lightly with the oral rinse, if prescribed, or with warm salt water for a week.

When to Call For Help?

  • Uncontrollable bleeding even after firmly biting on a gauze pad for about 60 minutes.
  • When there is no change or ease in pain after a prescribed dose of medication, be careful not to take higher doses without talking to your dentist.
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • If the swelling goes beyond the initial 72 hours or interferes with swallowing.
  • Pus oozing from the mouth.

Closing Note

If you have more questions regarding the bone graft or tooth extraction we offer, make that appointment as soon as possible. Do not hesitate to contact our expert, Dr. Jeevan Ghatnekar, an ADA, CDA, Academy of General Dentistry member at Irvine Family & Implant Dentistry, for all your dental needs. Our experienced staff can help you at every step of the way. To book a consultation, just give us a call at (949) 552-1380.

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