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After Bone Grafting


  • Follow instructions carefully to avoid unnecessary discomfort. Some discomfort is normal and to be expected. The level and duration varies between patients.
  • Take the prescribed or recommended pain medications as directed.


  • Rest quietly with your head elevated for the remainder of the day.
  • Always get up slowly from a reclining position to prevent dizziness.
  • Limit physical activity.
    To encourage rapid healing please REST!


  • As soon as possible, place an ice pack on your face over the surgical area; 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
  • Use the ice pack for the first 6 hours following surgery. This will contribute to your comfort and minimize swelling.
  • Moist heat may be applied the day following surgery for added comfort.


  • Ideally, pain medication should be taken BEFORE numbness wears off.
  • If an antibiotic was prescribed, take it as directed until it is ALL GONE.
  • Some pain medications may cause lightheadedness. Lying down will help this.
  • Some medications may cause an upset stomach. Taking these with food will lessen this side-effect.

Mouth Care

  • Do not brush, floss, rinse and spit the day of surgery. This may dislodge the clot that has formed and cause bleeding.
  • Begin to brush the NON-SURGICAL area the day following surgery. Do not rinse vigorously for 2 days! Weak salt-water rinses may be used, GENTLY, to loosen food debris. You may begin to brush the surgical area 1 week after surgery.
  • When brushing the graft site, run your toothbrush under hot water first to soften the bristles.
  • Apply Perioscience Gel to the surgical site gently with your fingertip or a q-tip 3-5 times daily. 


  • Maintain a balanced diet.
  • Eat softer foods such as pasta, eggs, yogurt, baked potatoes or hot cereal.
  • Avoid extremes: very hot, very cold, acidic foods, also hard or crunchy foods.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol for 2 days after the surgery or until you are no longer taking medication.


  • Fluids should be consumed as soon as possible. It is recommended that you drink 6-8 glasses of water over the remainder of the day following surgery.
  • Avoid using a straw as it may cause a suction, which may loosen the blood clot and cause bleeding.


  • Slight bleeding from the surgery area is normal, however, extensive bleeding should not occur. If such bleeding should occur, apply firm pressure with moist gauze or a moistened tea bag to the area for 20 minutes.
  • If bleeding does not subside, please call! 727-799-6733

Swelling and Bruising

  • Some swelling often occurs and this is normal.
  • Bruising may occur in the surgical area as well as into your chin and neck area.
  • If fever accompanies swelling, contact us immediately! 727-799-6733


  • We strongly advise NOT SMOKING after surgery. Smoking delays the healing, increases discomfort, and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical site.

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