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BONE GRAFT POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS:

While your mouth is numb, stay on a liquid diet and avoid solid foods which may damage the surgical area without your awareness.

For the first month, avoid chewing in the bone grafted area. During this period of time, refrain from chewing gum, sticky candy, hard foods, and sharp foods (such as potato chips).

Avoid smoking since this can delay healing and increase your chance of a post- operative infection.  In fact, this is an excellent opportunity to quit completely!

If an antibiotic was prescribed to you, please be sure to take it as directed.

You may also be asked to rinse twice daily with a prescription mouthwash called Chlorhexidine (0.12%).  Start using the rinse the day after surgery.

Do NOT brush the bone grafted area for the first 3 weeks.

If the sutures are the type which does NOT dissolve, they will typically be removed in the dental office in about 2 weeks.

 If a non-dissolvable barrier membrane was used to help contain the bone graft, it is usually removed in 3 to 4 weeks. Call the office if it should come loose prematurely.

Call the office to notify the dentist if you suspect any problems with the bone grafted area. For example, swelling or bleeding that occurs 1 to 3 weeks after the procedure.

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