In many cases a bone graft is installed to restore sufficient structure in your jaw to mount a dental implant or to provide your dentures with a more secure surface. Quality preparation and aftercare will go a long way toward ensuring that you have a speedy recovery.
At your initial consultation with your Village Pointe Oral Surgery surgeon, you should let them know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking that might increase your risk of bleeding.
If you use tobacco on a regular basis, you might want to speak with your physician in advance to set up a cessation program. Tobacco use irritates gum tissues, which increases recovery time. It also makes you more prone to developing an infection in the gums during recovery. When selecting a program, try to choose on that doesn’t call for the use of nicotine lozenges or gum. These too can irritate healing gum tissues.
Since you will need to be deeply sedated for the procedure, you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home.
While you are recovering, you will need to stick to a soft foods diet. This includes items like yogurt, mashed potatoes and applesauce. While it’s important to stay hydrated, you should try to also avoid drinking hot or cold beverages. You should also avoid drinking through a straw as this can pull blot clots loose from the incisions.
If you are due for a bone graft and you have questions about how to have a speedy recover, you can always call Village Pointe Oral Surgery’s clinic in Omaha, Nebraska at 402-317-5657 to talk to a member of our staff.