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Bone grafts are meant to restore the bone in your jaw after gum disease attacked and deteriorated it. This is a beneficial but invasive surgery that can restore your oral health and make it possible to replace a tooth with a dental implant. However, because the treatment is so invasive, the recovery period is quite important. So, if you’ve recently restored your smile with a bone graft in Beverly Hills, California, it’s best to recover by doing these things:

Step No. 1: Do your best to stop the bleeding and reduce the swelling. When dealing with the bleeding, place a clean gauze pad over the surgical site and apply some pressure for about an hour. When the time is up, check to see if the bleeding has stopped. If it hasn’t, replace the used pad with a new one and add pressure for another hour. To reduce swelling, place an ice pack on the (outside) area for 30 minutes at a time. Have the ice pack on the area 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off. Do this for the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery.

Step No. 2: Take the medications your dentist prescribes to you. This can help with pain and potential infection. Make sure to closely follow the instructions of the medication and don’t take them on an empty stomach. This can lead to nausea.

Step No. 3: Only eat cool, soft foods and drink plenty of liquids the first 24 hours after surgery. When eating, chew away from the graft site. When drinking, avoid using a straw because using a straw can dislodge the clot and encourage bleeding.

Step No. 4: Rest as much as possible. It’s best to rest for the first two or three days. While you rest, avoid strenuous activities because your normal caloric intake is typically reduced and you could be severely dehydrated. Exercise may further weaken you.

Do you have any questions about the recovery period following bone graft surgery? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD a call at 310-734-4557 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team will be happy to give you the answers you’re looking for. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Goodman if you have any concerns. We look forward to helping you!