• Please review our General Post-Operative Care instructions in addition to the following information.
      A specially prepared cadaver bone graft has been placed into the extraction site to help preserve your jawbone in preparation for possible implant replacement of the extracted tooth. 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 these. It's normal to have some of them come out of the graft and into your mouth. These are some things you could do to minimize the amount of particles that become dislodged:

      • - Do not disturb or touch the wound.
      • - Avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting on the day of your surgery to allow blood clots and grafted material stabilization.
      • - Do not apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the grafted area, as the material is movable during the initial healing.
      • - 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.
      • - Do not smoke.
      • - Avoid chewing on the graft site.

      On the first post-operative day, gentle rinsing should be started but not too vigorously as you can disturb some of the bone graft granules. Use a warm salt water rinse (1/2 a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) at least 4 to 5 times a day. If Peridex (Chlorhexidine) oral rinse was prescribed start it on the first post-operative day. Use Peridex (Chlorhexidine) full strength twice a day after brushing. Rinse a capful in the mouth for one minute then spit out. Gentle tooth brushing should be started on the first post-operative day as well and continued at least twice a day. Please be very careful not to disturb the graft area. Remember, your mouth will heal faster and better if you maintain excellent oral hygiene.

      Please be sure to show your temporary appliance, flipper or partial denture to our doctor, it must be checked for proper fit before it can be worn. The appliance often requires a minor adjustment in order to prevent excessive pressure on the bone graft. Pressure on the bone graft could result in graft failure.


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