March 11, 2024
Medically Reviewed By Matthew T. Streelman, DDS, MD

Bone grafting is a common surgical procedure that plays a vital role in oral surgery. By strategically adding bone material to your jaw, bone grafting helps create a strong foundation for dental implants, ultimately leading to a restored smile and improved oral health. While the procedure itself is a success, understanding how to optimize your experience before, during, and after surgery can significantly contribute to a smoother recovery and a successful outcome.

Here at Mercer Island Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we are dedicated to providing patients with exceptional care throughout their bone grafting journey. Here, we will equip you with valuable tips to ensure a positive bone grafting experience.

Preparing for Success: Pre-Surgery Considerations

Just like any surgery, proper preparation plays a key role in maximizing the success of your bone graft. Here are some steps you can take before your procedure:

  • Fasting: In most cases, you will be asked to avoid eating or drinking anything (except water) for a specific period, typically 12 hours, leading up to your bone grafting surgery.
  • Medication Management: It’s crucial to inform your doctor about any medications you are currently taking, particularly blood thinners, as they can increase your risk of excessive bleeding during surgery. Working with your doctor, you may need to adjust your medication schedule for optimal surgical outcomes.

Post-Surgery Care: Promoting Healing and Recovery

After your bone grafting procedure, following your doctor’s aftercare instructions is paramount for successful healing. These instructions may include:

  • Dietary Adjustments: For the initial phase of recovery, focus on a soft, bland food diet. This helps minimize irritation at the surgical site and promotes healing. Avoid hot liquids, hard or crunchy foods, and anything that could disrupt the grafted material.
  • Rest and Positioning: To prevent excess blood pooling at the surgical site, elevate your head with an extra pillow while sleeping for the first few nights after surgery.
  • Physical Activity: While rest is crucial, it’s equally important to avoid strenuous activities. Refrain from contact sports or any activity that could result in jaw injury during the critical healing period.

Learn More About Bone Grafting at Mercer Island Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Bone grafting can be a transformative procedure, paving the way for successful dental implant placement and a restored smile. By following the tips outlined above and adhering to your doctor’s recommendations, you can significantly contribute to a positive outcome and a smooth recovery.

If you have any questions about bone grafting or are considering dental implant treatment, the experienced team at Mercer Island Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is here to guide you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for achieving a healthy, confident smile.