A bone graft in Irving, Texas, is a form of oral surgery which is designed to restore the compromised bone structure in a specific part of your jaw. Here at DFW Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we would like to offer you some insights which will help you have quality aftercare following a bone graft.
During your initial consultation with your surgeon, Dr. Pedro Franco, you should let them know about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking that might increase your risk of bleeding.
If you are a regular tobacco user, 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 gum infection during recovery. When selecting a program, try to choose one that doesn’t call for the use of nicotine lozenges or gum. These too can irritate healing gum tissues.
During your bone graft, you will need to be deeply sedated while the bone graft is being installed. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home.
While your gums are healing, you will need to adhere to eating a soft-foods diet. This includes choices such as yogurt, mashed potatoes, and applesauce, for example. While it’s important for you to remember 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.
Are you looking at having a bone graft done for your smile? If you have questions about how to have a speedy recovery, we invite you to call our experience DFW Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery team at 972-594-7414 to speak to a member of our staff. We are here to help you restore and maintain a healthy, confident smile!