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A bone graft in Louisville, Kentucky, is a form of oral surgery that is designed to restore the compromised bone structure in a specific part of your jaw. Here at Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, we offer key insights to help you have quality aftercare following a bone graft.

During your initial consultation with your surgeon, Dr. Will Allen, you should let him know about any medical conditions you have or medications you are taking that might increase your risk of bleeding.

If you are a regular tobacco user, you might want to speak with your physician in advance to set up a cessation program. Tobacco use irritates gum tissues, which increases recovery time. It also makes you more prone to gum infection during recovery. When selecting a program, try to choose one that doesn’t call for the use of nicotine lozenges or gum. These too can irritate healing gum tissues.

You will need to be deeply sedated while the bone graft is being installed. This means you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home.

While your gums are healing, you will need to stick to eating a soft-foods diet. This includes items like yogurt, mashed potatoes, and applesauce. While it’s important to stay hydrated, you should try to also avoid drinking hot or cold beverages. You should also avoid drinking through a straw as this can pull blot clots loose from the incisions.

If you are due for a bone graft and you have questions about how to have a speedy recovery, you can always call Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates at 502-587-7874 to talk to a member of our staff.