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Block Grafts

Post Operative Block Graft Instructions


  • Rest quietly with your head elevated for the remainder of the day.
  • Always get up slowly from a reclining position to prevent dizziness.
  • Limit physical activity as if you have a cold or the flu.
  • To encourage rapid healing please rest!


  • As soon as possible, place an ice pack on your face over the surgical area; 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off.
  • Use the ice pack for the first 24-48 hours following surgery. This will contribute to your comfort and minimize swelling.
  • Moist heat may be applied 2 days following surgery for added comfort.


  • Ideally, pain medication should be taken BEFORE numbness wears off. You may wish to take your pain medication at our office immediately following surgery, but you MUST HAVE A DRIVER. If you do not have a driver you may take the medication as prescribed as soon as you arrive at home.
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin) should be taken for the first 48 hours regardless of pain, it is a Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug, (NSAID) which will help with the swelling. (Adults do not exceed 800mg four times a day.)
  • If an antibiotic was prescribed, take it as directed until it is ALL GONE.
  • Some pain medications may cause light-headedness. Lying down will help this.
  • Some medications may cause an upset stomach. Taking these with food will lessen this effect.


  • Do not brush, floss, rinse and spit the day of surgery. This may dislodge the clot that has formed and cause bleeding.
  • You may begin to brush NON-SURGICAL areas the day following surgery. Remember to rinse very gently.
  • Begin rinsing with the prescription peridex mouth-rinse 24 hours after your surgery.


  • Eat softer foods such as pasta, eggs, yogurt, baked potatoes or hot cereal.
  • Avoid extremes: very hot, very cold, acidic foods such as oranges and tomatoes. Also avoid chewy or sharp foods.
  • Maintain a balanced diet.


  • Fluids should be consumed as soon as possible. It is recommended that you drink 6-8 glasses of water over the remainder of the day following surgery.
  • Avoid using a straw as it may cause a suction, which may loosen clotting and cause bleeding.


  • Some seepage of blood is expected, however, extensive bleeding should not occur. If such bleeding should occur, apply firm pressure with moist gauze or a warm, moistened tea bag to the area for 20 minutes. If bleeding does not subside, please call.


  • Avoid the use of alcohol products for 2 days after surgery or until you are no longer taking pain medication or antibiotics. Alcohol is a blood thinner and may cause bleeding and delay the healing process, it may also affect the antibiotic medication.


  • Some swelling often occurs and this is normal. However, if swelling seems excessive and is accompanied by fever, please call immediately.

Surgical Stent (if one was provided):

  • The plastic stent is used to protect the surgical site. Wear it continuously until instructed, removing only to clean.


  • We strongly advise NO SMOKING 2 weeks before and after surgery. Smoking delays healing, increases discomfort, and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical site.

If you have any questions or concerns please call us!

Dr. Karl Zeren
Dr. Karl Zeren
Dr. Zeren and his staff are here to help you attain your treatment objectives by providing the highest level of Professional care in a manner that is comfortable and pleasant. We consider our role to be that of educators as well as clinicians, your questions are always welcomed and encouraged. We want to establish a relationship of mutual understanding, trust and respect. We are committed to providing technical excellence with exceptional attention to patient comfort.

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