After Bone Grafting

Do not disturb the wound. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery.

Do not chew directly on the site for 90 days. Hygiene after the first 24 hours is limited to rinsing only until your check-up visit. Stop brushing and flossing at one-tooth-away from the graft site. Avoid pressures on any visible membranes or graft material.


Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding (your mouth fills up rapidly with blood) can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for one hour. If bleeding continues please call for further instructions.


Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag on the cheek of the area of surgery. Apply the ice for 20 minutes on and off as much as possible for the first 36 hours.


Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eaten on the day of surgery. Try to eat away from the dental implant or bone grafted area(s) for 2-3 weeks.


For moderate pain, one or two tablets of Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken as directed or Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) may be taken as directed.

For severe pain, take the prescribed medication as directed. The prescribed pain medicine may cause drowsiness. Do not drive an automobile or work around machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Pain or discomfort following surgery should subside more and more every day. If pain persists, it may require attention and you should call our office.


Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics as directed to help prevent infection.

Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Warm water rinses should be used at least 4-5 times a day, especially after meals. Do not brush the implant or bone grafted areas for 2-3 weeks. Antibacterial rinses may be used. Be gentle brushing around any adjacent teeth.


Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. During exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur.

Wearing your Prosthesis

Partial dentures, flippers, or full dentures should not be used immediately after surgery unless they have been adjusted to accommodate the surgical site.