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A bone graft procedure restores structure in your jaw. Most of the time your dentist will recommend the graft as preparation for receiving dentures, a partial or to make sure there’s enough structure to securely anchor a dental implant. There are a few aftercare tips to keep in mind for speedy recovery after receiving the graft.

Regular tobacco use irritates healing gum tissues, which increases recovery time and increases your chances of infection. It’s a good idea to talk to your physician about a tobacco cessation program. Try to select a program that doesn’t call for using lozenges or nicotine gum as these are also known gum irritants.

While your gums are healing you will need to stick to a diet of soft foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes and yogurt. It’s also important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of lukewarm liquids without using a straw, as the suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose.

It’s natural for a little blood to weep from the incisions for a few days after surgery. When this happens, you can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. When the bleeding stops, you can rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm salt water to remove blood clots and soothe the gums.

If you have questions about planning for your procedure or things you can do to help the recovery process, please call us at 401-353-1515 to schedule an appointment.