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After Grafting

South Ogden, UT woman smiling from a successful bone graft for dental implants.At Cassity & Legacy Implants and Periodontics, we perform both soft tissue grafts and bone grafts to help meet the needs of your oral care. While we do all that we can in our office to make sure you have a smooth and successful surgery, taking care of yourself afterward is just as important. Here is what you should do following your procedure to ensure proper healing post-op.

Types of Grafts

When you suffer from gum disease, one effect of the condition is gum recession. As your gums recede, the roots of your teeth become exposed, leaving your teeth vulnerable to sensitivity and decay. In order to reverse the effects of gum disease, a soft tissue graft is done. This procedure involves taking tissue either from the roof of your mouth or your surrounding gums and stitching that tissue in place over the affected areas to restore your gums and protect your teeth.

The other type of graft is a bone graft. After tooth loss, you begin to lose bone mass. Your jawbone becomes weak. Dental implants are an excellent option to replace missing teeth, but if you have waited too long, your jawbone may not be strong enough to support the implants, which could ultimately result in failure. In order to give you the ability to have Implants, we perform bone grafts. This procedure takes bone from another area of your body and places it the weakened areas. As you heal, the bone and donor bone fuse together, which increases bone strength.

Pain and Swelling

A certain amount of pain and swelling is to be expected following both a soft tissue and a bone graft. You can take non-aspirin pain relievers (as aspirin containing medications thin the blood and can cause further bleeding) as directed on the bottle. If you have been prescribed pain medication, you may choose to take this medication instead. Again, only take as directed.

While some swelling is inevitable, excessive swelling can be prevented with the use of ice during the first 24 hours. Wrap an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables in a dish towel and apply it gently to the cheek near the graft site. Alternate 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for as long as you deem necessary. You should also make sure to keep your head elevated above your heart, either by sitting up or lying with your head on several pillows.


As with pain and swelling, some bleeding is to be expected up to three days following either procedure. Keep in mind, most of what you are seeing is saliva mixed with only a little blood. While we have placed dressing to staunch bleeding immediately following the procedure, this dressing should be removed and changed. Apply new gauze that has been moistened with water, and add light pressure. Alternatively, you can apply wet tea bags for 20 to 30 minutes. After three days, the bleeding should subside.


It is very important to take it easy while you heal. This means sitting still most of the time, particularly during the first 24 hours. Do not bend over, lift heavy objects or do anything to get your heart rate up. Any of this can cause pain, increase swelling and aggravate the site to cause more bleeding. Be prepared to take a few days off from work, especially if you do anything that involves strenuous work. After the first few days to a week, you can gradually start to increase your activity level.


Food is essential to proper healing. Do not skip meals. However, the type of food you eat should be monitored. During the first few hours, you should only have liquids, but they should not be hot, nor should they be ingested using a straw (a straw can dislodge clots and cause bleeding). By the next day, you should be able to start eating soft foods, which you should stick to for at least two to four days (up to a week if needed). Do not chew on the surgical site. Avoid anything too hot, salty, spicy or acidic. If you experience pain, do not eat the food causing the sensation.

Oral Hygiene

Taking care of your mouth is still just as important, if not more so, now. Do not rinse or spit during the first 24 hours. Brush your teeth after each meal, taking care to avoid the surgical site. This is to be followed for at least two weeks, unless we tell you otherwise. After the first 24 hours, you can use a salt water solution, or a prescription mouthwash, to gently rinse your mouth. It is important, however, that you do not swish or spit.

If you are a smoker, it is also important to know that you should abstain from smoking while healing. Smoking can slow the healing process and increases your risk of infection.

When to Call

Following these instructions will help to ensure an uneventful healing process. However, if you experience any of the following, you should call the office right away:
•  Excessive, unmanageable pain.
•  Bleeding that is profuse or won't go away.
•  Fever.
•  Excessive swelling.
•  Reactions to medications.

If you have any questions regarding healing from soft tissue or bone grafts, feel free to give us a call at South Ogden: (385) 626-0977    Kaysville: (385) 439-0101.
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