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Post op bone graft


  • Please use provided gauze to place over the graft site with GENTLE pressure.  It is normal for the site to bleed for couple of hours before the clot stabilizes. 
  • It is normal for the site to bleed again if the blood clot becomes disrupted. 
  • If normal gauze is not helpful, please apply moist tea bags as substitute to compress over the extraction socket.  Tannic acid can be more effective in managing the stability of the clot. 
  • Some bruising can be expected, especially for patient that are on blood thinning medications. 


  • Patient can immediately return to normal diet chewing on the unaffected side ONLY, as long as the patient is able to AVOID food contact at the graft site. 
  • In general, it is recommended to avoid chewing contact to the bone graft for its entire recovery period, otherwise, failure of bone graft via displacement of bone or break down of the mucosa can occur. 

Oral hygiene care:

  • Patient can gently brush remaining teeth but stay away from the graft site throughout its entire recovery. 
  • Adjacent teeth can be carefully brushed about a week later. 
  • If prescription mouthwash was given, gentle swish and spit as recommended. 

Pain control:

  • Over the counter pain medication can be taken such as Ibuprofen and / or Tylenol if you are able to take them. 
  • You may be prescribed a prescription pain medication to be taken if OTC medications are not adequate. 
  • These prescription pain medications can be taken with other forms of NSAID (Ibuprofen, Alleve), however please do not use additional acetaminophens (aka Tylenol). 
  • If able, we recommend that you stagger the medications thus alternate it every 3-4 hours as needed for pain control. 
  • Applying ice to the face for the first 24-48 hours will help with the swelling.  It is expected to get moderate post operative swelling of the graft recipient site.
  • If bone is harvested, generally the harvest site can be more sore and swollen in comparison to the recipient site. 

Things to avoid: 

  • Avoid smoking which can lead to short and long term failure of the bone graft and implants. 


  • Sutures (stitches) are resorbable unless informed by your surgeon. 
  • Sutures may become loose over the first several days.
  • Depending on the type of suture, it may last from a few days to several weeks.

Please call with any questions to us:

During business hours: 

  • Ames (515) 232-6830
  • Marshalltown (641) 753-4130

Or after hours please call the Surgeon who performed your procedure:

  • Dr. Rudman (515) 450-9552
  • Dr. Kazwell (515) 231-2573
  • Dr. Cho (515) 520-9924

If your surgeon is not immediately available to answer your call, please call the hospital operator to transfer the call to ON CALL oral surgeon:

  • (515) 239-2011