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After Socket Bone Grafting

Socket bone grafting is a process that places grafting material into extraction sites to help preserve the jawbone in preparation for a possible implant.

The bone graft is made up of many particles, and 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 site and into your mouth. There are some things you could do to minimize the number of particles that become dislodged:

  • Do not disturb or touch the wound.
  • Avoid aggressive rinsing or spitting for two days to allow a blood clot to form and graft material to 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 because this can cause damage to the wound site and tear the sutures.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Gentle rinsing is allowed but not too vigorously as this can disturb some of the bone graft granules.

It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will help, but if you have questions about your progress, please call the office.

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