Most dental bone grafting procedures are done to restore your bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease or trauma.
- The day after surgery, begin rinsing with warm salt water three times a day for seven days.
- Do not rise vigorously.
- Do not pick at the site.
- Do not use commercial mouthwash (i.e., Listerine, etc.) for two weeks
- Do not chew on the site.
- Keep your mouth very clean while healing takes place.
- You may carefully brush the areas next to the graft.
- Come in for an appointment if any dental plates or bridges push on or irritate the area.
- Finish taking any antibiotic prescription that you might have been given.
- Please call our office at (812) 482-2280 if you have any questions.
Healing is usually quick and uncomplicated. Sutures, if not absorbable, are removed in 1-2 weeks. It is normal for a few small pieces of the graft to work out through your gum during healing. Temporary bridges and plates can be worn immediately in most cases. Permanent bridge construction may be done in 2-3 months. If dental implants are part of your treatment plan, additional healing time is usually required before implant placement can be performed.
We will file your insurance for this nationally recognized procedure. Unfortunately many insurance carriers do not yet pay for this procedure. On the day of surgery, you are responsible for your share and any charges your insurance carrier does not pay. Talk to your insurance carrier and encourage them to support this simple and effective way to preserve your bone and long-term dental health.