Do not be alarmed, it is normal to have some of the bone out of the graft and into your mouth. There are some things you can do to minimize the amount of particles that become dislodged and help promote an excellent graft result:
1. Do not disturb or touch the wound
2. Do not apply pressure with your tongue or fingers to the grafted area, as the materials are movable during the initial healing.
3. Do not smoke for at least two weeks after surgery
4. Do not drink alcohol beverages during the first week after surgery.
5. Avoid chewing or creating pressure on the graft.
Proper oral hygiene is essential to good healing. Do not perform any oral hygiene the day of surgery. The day after surgery, you may saturate a pink sponge with Peridex and gently dab around the bone graft site. This should be done twice a day. Do not use the Peridex, salt water, or any other mouth wash to rinse your mouth until advised to do so by Dr. Adams. Brushing your adjacent teeth shouldn’t be a problem, just be sure to avoid disturbing the surgical site.