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Bone Grafting After Care

It is important to follow specific care instructions to enhance the success of your surgical procedure. 

  1. You must minimise the amount of movement in the area of the bone grafted region for the first 3 days after your procedure. 

  2. During this 3 day period, avoid touching the bone grafted area. avoid cheek pulling, avoid hard foods (foods that cannot be cut with a plastic knife cannot be consumed), avoid vigorous mouth washing or even toothbrushing around the area.

  3. After 24 hours, use Chlorhexidine based mouthwash or warm salt water (half a teaspoon of salt in half a glass of warm water) to rinse after eating or 2-3 times a day. When you mouth rinse,, do not rinse vigorously. Instead, simply head tilt with the mouthwash in place and hold for 30 seconds before spitting.

  4. Avoid vigorous exercise or excessive alcohol for 24 hours as these can cause bleeding.

  5. Refrain from smoking. You will benefit greatly from nicotine patches or substitutes for one week prior and three weeks post operatively.

  6. Applying a cold compress to the area will help reduce swelling and aid healing. Apply for 5 minutes intervals.

  7. Maintain fluid intake and proceed with a soft food diet until eating is comfortable.

  8. Avoid hot food and drinks for 24 hours. Best foods are cold and soft, like yoghurt.

  9. Do not use manual or electric toothbrush in the surgical area until directed by your doctor. 

Medication Protocol

Vitamin D: 50,000iu 

One month before surgery: take 1 capsule

Week of surgery: take one capsule 

One month after surgery: take 1 capsule



Vitamin C: 1500mg per day starting 5 days prior to your procedure., and maintain for a total of 10 days.

Vitamin B12: Opti B12 1.2mg tablets.

Take One tablet daily for 30 days, starting 1 week before surgery.

Prescription medication as prescribed.

1. Antibiotics as per your prescription.

2. Brufen: 400mg ibuprofen 1 tablet taken every 4 hours for 5 days

3. Paracetamol 500mg, take 1 to 2 tablets, every 4 hours as required for pain relief.


4. If Dexamethasone is prescribed: 4mg tablets:

Morning of surgery: Take 2 tablets (take with breakfast)

Day after surgery: Take 2 tablets (take with breakfast)

Two days after surgery: Take 1 tablet (take with breakfast)




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