For an effective dental implant treatment, you usually need preliminary procedures that prepare the mouth to support the new teeth. One such process is bone grafting that strengthens and enlarges the jawbone to bond well with dental implants.
If your surgeon recommends that you need to undergo oral bone graft surgery, you might feel a bit nervous. So, here we’ll explain what happens during the procedure, what you can expect during your recovery, and how to stay as comfortable as possible.
What Happens During the Procedure?
When you lose a tooth, the bone underneath the tooth will begin to lose its density if not replaced timely. However, the bone underneath your tooth will remain intact if you undergo dental implant surgery right after the missing tooth falls out. That will allow the professional to perform the surgery without the need to do a bone graft.
Oral bone grafts are common before dental implant surgery because most people who want to undergo the procedure do not have sufficient bone mass to support the implant. However, you won’t need bone grafting if the surgeon believes your jawbone is thick enough to sustain the implant.
Also, since you would be sedated, you will feel little to no pain during bone grafting surgery.
Here we’ll give you some tips for recovering from a bone graft for dental implants:
- Expect Swelling and Bruising
It is quite common to have swelling after an oral bone graft for dental implants. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your face to keep these problems to a minimum. Make sure not to apply ice for more than 20 minutes at a time.
- Consider What you Eat
It is a good decision to stick to a liquid diet for at least 24-48 hours following a bone graft. Also, during that period, you won’t feel like eating solid foods. You can have smoothies, broth, and applesauce. But when you start eating solid foods, be cautious around your surgical area.
- Avoid Smoking
Smoking can slow down your body’s healing process and increase your risk of infection after oral surgery. Thus, stay away from cigarettes or tobacco. Nicotine can also hinder healing. So, avoid nicotine patches as well.
- Contact Your Dentist When Required
You won’t face any complications after your procedure if you follow your surgeon’s post-operation instructions. However, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact them if you encounter any unusual side effects, such as signs of an infection and severe pain. It’s always a good idea to take care of such issues early on.
- Have Patience
The timeline for bone graft recovery varies from one patient to another and depends on the graft type performed by the surgeon. A block bone graft requires a longer recovery than a particulate graft.
Your overall health and other aspects will play a crucial role in determining how long it takes for recovery. Most people’s gums are healed within a few weeks. But it can also take a month for your bone to recover. However, you won’t experience any discomfort after your soft tissues are healed. Oral bone grafting surgery is an essential part of dental implant treatment. Knowing what to expect after your procedure can help you commit to it with more confidence.