You will want to take certain precautions after bone grafting surgery. By following these, you will help to ensure proper healing of the area. Avoid chewing on the area where the grafting was completed. You will want to avoid putting pressure on the area for 4-6 months. If the area receives too much pressure from chewing or ill-fitting temporary teeth, then the bone graft could fail. Also, be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics to help prevent infection in the area.
Oral hygiene is also very important while the area is healing. Proper hygiene will help the area to heal more quickly and prevent infection from forming. Warm salt water rinses should be done 4-5 times a day for the first week and always after eating. You will also want to gently brush your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush, being especially gentle around the bone grafting area. Dr. Fugler may prescribe a rinse for you to use. If so, you will want to use it in the morning and at night after brushing your teeth.
Smoking and chewing tobacco should be avoided for at least two weeks. If able, tobacco products should be avoided for the entire 4-6 months that the area is healing. Tobacco products, especially smoking, increases the chances that the bone graft will not heal properly and fail.
If you have a removable prosthesis, Dr. Fugler will want to evaluate it prior to the surgery. He will instruct you on how to wear it after the bone grafting surgery and the limitations of using it while the area is healing.
We hope to make your surgery a success and keep you comfortable while the area is healing. If at any time, you have questions, please feel free to give us a call.