In addition to the general post-operative instructions, Dr. Suadi of BR Dental Care would like to emphasize a few points on care after this procedure. Your bone graft is made up of many particles. You may find some small granules in your mouth for the first several days. Do not be alarmed by this. It is normal to have some of them come out of the graft side and into your mouth. There are some things you could do to minimize the amount of particles that become dislodged.

  1. Do not vigorously rinse or spit for 3–5 days.
  2. Do not apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the grafted area, as the material is movable during the initial healing.
  3. Do not lift or pull on the lip to look at the sutures. This can actually cause damage to the wound site and tear the sutures.
  4. For the first day, we would suggest letting the blood clot stabilize and not even rinse your mouth. Following the first day, gentle rising would be advised but not too vigorously as you can again disturb some of the bone graft granules.

If a partial, denture, or flipper is placed in your mouth, please see our dentists in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to have it adjusted and learn how to remove and replace it appropriately.