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Having a bone graft installed into your jaw is often the first step in the process of restoring a missing tooth. This special treatment will restore sufficient structure in the area so you can mount a dental implant.

When you meet with your Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery oral surgeon for the initial consultation, you should let them know about any medical conditions or medications you are taking. It’s especially important to note anything that might increase your risk of bleeding.

If you use tobacco on a regular basis, you might want to speak with your physician in advance about a cessation program. Tobacco use irritates gum tissues, which increases recovery time. It also makes you more prone having a 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 after your appointment.

While you are recovering, you will need to stick to 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 because the suction can pull blood clots loose from the incisions.

If you are due for a bone graft in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and you have questions about how to have a speedy recovery, you can always call Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 918.743.1351 to seek further advice from Dr. Daniel Cannon.