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Bone graft surgery is designed to restore bone structure in the jaw caused by tooth extractions, severe tooth decay or advanced gum disease. It’s not uncommon for your dentist to recommend a bone graft in advance of receiving a dental implant. Thoughtful preparation and quality aftercare are important for a speedy recovery from bone graft surgery.

At the initial consultation you should let the periodontist or oral surgeon know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking. The outpatient procedure usually requires deep sedation. This means you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you.

Tobacco use impedes the healing process and can also cause a serious infection in the sensitive gum tissues. If you use tobacco on a regular basis you might want to talk to your doctor about a cessation program. If possible you should choose one that doesn’t involve lozenges or nicotine gum as these can also irritate the gums.

During the recovery process you will need to eat a soft foods diet. Stocking up in advance on soft foods you like will make things easier. Proper hydration is important to recovery. Try to drink plenty of lukewarm liquids without using a straw. The suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose.

It’s not uncommon for the incisions to weep a little blood for a few days after the procedure. You can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops you should rinse your mouth with salt water to cleanse the area and soothe the gums.

If you have questions about planning for your procedure or things you can do to help the recovery process, please call us at 626.963.6006 to schedule an appointment.