It is the goal of this surgery to regenerate lost alveolar bone. This is done to restore near normal dimensions of bone in preparation for naturally appearing dental prosthesis. The recipient site is prepared. The grafted bone is placed and separated from the soft tissue by using a resorbable membrane. It is then allowed to heal undisturbed.
Grafted bone is completely replaced by regeneration of your own bone in 4 6 months. The grafted bone goes through several stages of healing. For the first 4 6 weeks the grafted bone is soft, malleable and may be displaced.
Day of Surgery
Control of Minor Bleeding
- Keep a gauze pack directly on the surgical site and apply gentle pressure.
- Change the gauze pack every 30 to 45 minutes until minor bleeding is controlled.
- It is common to have slight bleeding for a few hours after bone graft surgery.
- Do not rinse or clean the teeth next to the surgical site. This can wash away to newly formed clot of blood and restart the bleeding.
- If bleeding persists, apply a moist tea bag to the surgical site with gentle pressure for 30 minutes. Repeat the application of the tea bag for a second time if you still have slight bleeding.
We are very concerned about your well being, please call our office if you need further assistance.
Control of Minor Swelling
- Apply an ice pack to your face near the surgical site. Intermittent application with 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off is most effective. Ice should be applied for several hours on the day of your surgery.
- Keep your head elevated above chest level.
Please take your pain medications and or antibiotics according to the specified dosage schedule.
Eating and Drinking
It is okay to drink soon after surgery. Please remove your gauze pack and replace it afterwards. Please avoid very hot liquids and alcohol on the day of your surgery. Do not use a straw.
- Do not clean next to the surgical site.
- You may brush and floss your other teeth.
- The tongue should be brushed.
You may not drive for 24 hours after IV sedation or while taking pain medications.
Light activity is recommended for the first day.
Day After Surgery
- It is okay to have some minor bleeding.
- It is a good idea to apply ice.
- Take pain medications if needed.
- You may have soft nutritious foods and please chew on the opposite side of your surgery.
- It is okay to start gently rinsing in the surgical area. Please avoid mouth rinses that have alcohol.
Week After Surgery
- When it feels comfortable, advance your diet to a normal diet and chew on both sides.
- Please avoid vigorous exercise for the first week after surgery.