After Bone Grafting

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The bone graft is made of small sand like particles. In order not to dislodge the bone graft and help healing, you need to do a few simple things:

  • Do not rinse vigorously.
  • Do not pick at the site.
  • Do not chew on the site.
  • Keep your mouth very clean while healing takes place. (see oral hygiene instructions below)
  • If any dental plates or bridges push on or irritate this area, please call our office so we can determine if an adjustment needs to be made by us or your general dentist.
  • If you have any questions after surgery, please call our office at (229) 247-7585.


  • Bite on gauze (do not chew) for 30 minutes. Then remove and check for bleeding.
  • Repeat process with fresh gauze as needed until bleeding has diminished to a slow oozing or stops altogether.
  • Do not rinse or spit for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not use a straw for the first three days.


  • Fill your prescriptions and take your medications as directed.
  • Take the first dose of pain medication after you get home before the numbness wears off. We recommend you take it with light food, such as a milkshake, frosty or soup.
  • Remember that certain antibiotics render birth control pills ineffective. Therefore, all female patients who are currently taking birth control pills should use another form of contraception, during the entire cycle, when antibiotics have been prescribed.

Oral Hygiene

  • Cleanliness is a must for rapid and uncomplicated recovery.
  • The day after surgery, brush as you normally would and begin rinsing with warm salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water) four to five times per day for one week.