After Socket Bone Grafting
The following information applies when grafting material has been placed into extraction sites to help preserve your jawbone in preparation for possible implant replacement of the extracted tooth.
Your bone graft is made up of many particles. The graft may appear sandy. You may find some small granules in your mouth for the first several days. Do not be alarmed by these. It’s normal to have some of them come out of the graft site. There are some things you could do to minimize the graft from becoming dislodged:
- Do not disturb or touch the wound.
- Avoid aggressive rinsing or spitting to allow blood clot and graft material stabilization.
- Do not apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the grafted area to prevent disturbing the graft.
- Do not lift or pull on the lip to look at the sutures. This can cause damage to the wound site and tear the sutures./li>
DO NOT SMOKE!
Gentle rinsing is encouraged. Do not vigorously rinse to prevent disturbing the graft. It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress, please call the office. Please try to call during office hours so that answers may be provided as efficiently as possible.