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Have you recently undergone bone graft surgery? If so, you’re on the right track toward a strong and successful oral health! However, that will only be the case if you recover properly. So, to help you care for your smile and grafting site following your treatment, our Smiles Dental team recommends that you do the following things:

-Stop the bleeding: You can expect some slight oozing or blood-tinged saliva for the first 12 to 24 hours. However, it’s best to keep the bleeding under control by keeping a clean gauze pad over the surgical site. Apply pressure to the pad for about an hour and then discard it. If the bleeding continues, place another pad on the site and repeat this process.

-Reduce swelling: You may experience some swelling in the mouth, cheeks, eyes, and sides of the face. This is not uncommon and it can be reduced by placing an ice pack outside the surgical area. Cool the area in 30-minute intervals for the first 24 to 48 hours.

-Take medications: To help with pain and infections, your dentist may prescribe pain medication and antibiotics to keep you as comfortable and as healthy as possible. Make sure you follow the instructions with each product and don’t stop taking the antibiotic until it is gone.

-Watch your diet: For the first 24 hours, get plenty of liquids and only consume cool, soft foods. Do your best to chew away from the graft site. Please avoid using straws as much as possible because straws can dislodge the clot and encourage bleeding.

-Get plenty of rest: Make sure you rest as much as possible for the first two or three days. It’s also best to avoid strenuous activities after surgery because your normal caloric intake may be reduced and you may be severely dehydrated. Exercise may further weaken you.

If you have any questions or concerns about bone graft recovery in , , please remember that you can always call and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. , if anything goes wrong. We are happy to help you!