Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that helps in preparing for dental implants. It uses transplanted bones to rebuild or repair the damaged or diseased bones. While bone-grafting is a part of the implantation procedure, post-operative care is necessary. It helps minimize the effects of unwanted pain, discomfort, and complications arising out of swelling and infections. Sometimes, the after-surgery effects are very minimal and respond well to a general after-care routine.
Here are the guidelines to do after-care for bone graft surgery:
Slight bleeding or redness in the saliva is ordinary up to 72 hours after surgery. Firmly biting on a gauze pad over the wounded area for 30 minutes or until the gauze is saturated helps control excessive bleeding. However, call for help if bleeding continues.
It is normal to experience swelling around the eyes, cheeks, mouth, and sides of the face. It can reach its maximum around 2-3 days post-surgery. However, it can be reduced by the immediate use of ice packs. It can be used for 20 minutes on and off for the initial 48 hours of the surgery.
Consume plenty of fluids post-operation, anesthesia, or I.V. sedation. Try ingesting soft food and avoid chewing for the next eight weeks for faster recovery. Avoid dairy items for the first 48 hours after the surgery to prevent any harm to the new bone graft.
Experiencing pain or discomfort for 2-3 days after surgery is not uncommon. It is best to follow the prescriptions for a speedy recovery and pain control. However, the prescribed medications can make you feel dizzy. Therefore, avoid operating machinery or driving under the influence of medicines.
Be sure to consume the prescribed antibiotics to prevent any infections. Always complete the entire course of antibiotics unless an allergic reaction occurs or is specified otherwise. Sometimes taking antibiotics with yogurt helps in avoiding diarrhea.
Good oral hygiene is crucial for fast recovery. Always be gentle while brushing close to the surgical area. To keep the mouth clean, you can gently take water in your mouth, let it swirl around, and drip out in the sink. Avoid spitting as it can dislodge the blood clot.
Sometimes, patients may experience swelling followed by discoloration for 2-3 days post-operation. The development of black, blue, green, or yellow discoloration can result from blood spreading beneath the tissues. However, the application of moist heat can speed up the removal of the discoloration.
Nausea and Vomiting
If nausea or vomiting follows after surgery, avoid consuming anything, including prescribed medicines, for an hour at least. The patient should try consuming cold beverages to get a soothing effect on the surgery and the stomach. Once nausea subsides, the patient can start the consumption of solid foods.
About Premier Oral Surgery
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