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Bone grafts are necessary if you don’t have enough bone structure to support and anchor a dental implant. This is usually the result of gum disease attacking your bone and deteriorating it. When receiving a bone graft, it usually involves intensive surgery. This means the recovery process is vital. To help you properly recover, our Arizona Dental dental team has some tips for you.

Step No. 1: Do your best to stop the bleeding and reduce swelling. To stop the bleeding, put a clean gauze pad over the surgical site and apply pressure to the pad for about 60 minutes. If the bleeding continues, replace the old gauze pad with a new one. To reduce swelling, ice outside the area for 30 minutes at a time. All you need to do is apply the ice for a half an hour, take it off for another 30 minutes, and repeat this process until the swelling subsides.

Step No. 2: Take medications to help with the pain and potential infections. Usually, your dentist will suggest or prescribe these medications to you. When taking the meds, make sure to follow the instructions closely. Also, don’t stop taking the antibiotics until they are gone and don’t take the pain medication on an empty stomach. Doing so can lead to nausea.

Step No. 3: Have a soft-foods diet and drink plenty of liquids once your sedative has worn off. When drinking, please avoid using a straw. Using a straw can dislodge the clot and encourage bleeding. When eating, only eat soft, cool foods and chew on the other side of your mouth.

Step No. 4: Get plenty of rest the first two to three days after surgery. Whatever you do, do not participate in strenuous activities because exercise can further weaken you.

If you do these things, you’ll be on your way to a proper recovery following bone graft surgery in Phoenix, Arizona. To learn more, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at your earliest convenience at 602-788-4040. Dr. Joe Gerard and our dental team will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to hearing from you!