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Graft Post-operative Instructions
Following oral graft surgery, it is important for you to follow a few simple but very important procedures to assist the healing and to relieve discomfort (even though some discomfort for a few days is normal). Some slight bleeding may also occur and is also normal (for about a day).
- Take all prescribed medications according to instructions.
- Take all antibiotics that have been prescribed, even if symptoms seem to be gone (this is very important!).
- Take pain medication as prescribed or recommended. At your own discretion, you may take ibuprofen (the active ingredient in Advil®) according to label instructions.
- If bleeding continues beyond the first day, apply a moist gauze pad (using a firm pressure).
Call Us If
- a moist gauze pad fails to stop the bleeding, or if the bleeding increases;
- the appearance of the graft (normally reddish and/or whitish) concerns you;
- pain persists;
- you have any questions or concerns.
About the Palate Protector
The palate protector reduces discomfort following surgery but we recommend that you use it only for a few days. At your discretion, you may keep the protector for future use, especially if you anticipate having more grafts performed.
Immediately after Surgery
For several hours, tongue, teeth, and lips may be numb.
- Until feeling in your mouth returns, avoid chewing.
- Eat nothing for the first 2 hours after surgery.
For the First 48 Hours
- Avoid strenuous activity.
- Eat only soft foods: soup, broth, omelette, yogurt, ice cream, purée, and similar foods (resume your usual diet only once you are comfortable chewing without discomfort).
After 24 Hours
- Rinse 3 times per day with lukewarm salt water (1 tsp. of salt in a cup of water). Rinsing, combined with your normal routine of dental hygiene, encourages healing and helps to keep your breath and mouth fresh!
- Resume your normal dental routine (this is important!), including flossing and brushing (except at the site of the surgery; wait another 24 hours for that).
- Brush the palate (this is important).
- As you gradually resume brushing at the site of the surgery, you may experience pain and bleeding. Proceed gently and gradually brushing the graft site.
- Optionally, for discomfort, apply a warm, humid compress.
After a Few Days
- Sutures dissolve without assistance from you.