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What to Expect After Dental Bone Grafting
Posted on 3/8/2021 by Dr. Michael Allard
If you are a potential patient of getting a dental implant, your dentist is highly likely to suggest that you first undergo a bone grafting procedure.
A bone grafting procedure helps give your jaw some extra support to hold an incoming dental implant. Almost all oral surgeons recommend that a patient use their own bone for this procedure. In this procedure, bone particles are first removed from a patient's body, and then grafted into their jawbone that requires support.
Once the procedure is complete, you'll be on the road to recovery in no time if you listen to and follow your oral surgeon's advice.
What Happens After A Bone Grafting Procedure?
Even though a bone grafting procedure is performed by specialist, it is possible that you may experience some pain or discomfort after the procedure. This is because anesthesia is used only during the surgery, and once it wears off, you will need to take antibiotics and pain relief medication to ensure that you remain comfortable, have a quick recovery, and don't get an infection.
Your dentist will only be able to put in the dental implant once your new bone has completely fused with your natural bone, forming a strong structure. This entire process requires multiple visits to ensure that everything comes together.
Time it Takes To Recover From A Dental Bone Graft?
The recovery process of a dental bone graft depends on many factors such as the patient's age, their health, and their age. Generally, you can expect it to take a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of two months to heal from a dental bone graft.
If you want a health recovery, you should avoid touching your wound, avoid rinsing it vigorously, stay away from smoking, and resist applying pressure to the surgical area.
If you want to learn more, consult with our oral surgeons and dentists on what to expect after a Dental Bone Grafting at Arrowhead Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. You can call us at (623) 738-2564 to book your appointment.