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What to Expect After a Dental Bone Graft
A dental bone graft is a scary procedure for many patients. It can be helpful to know exactly what is involved in the procedure to help calm any anxieties that exist. While each bone graft may be slightly different, there are certain aspects of the aftercare that can be expected in most instances.
Bone graft aftercare
It is important to make the necessary preparations for dental bone graft aftercare. This is to ensure a speedy recovery and allow the patient to get back to living their life in a normal manner as quickly as possible. While the exact instructions are specific for each person, the following are three things that are often required with bone graft aftercare.
Managing the discomfort
As is the case with just about every surgical procedure, there is likely to be some discomfort that exists after the operation. However, the pain can be managed and kept at a tolerable level. This is especially true if the patient understands what is expected and knows exactly how to deal with the pain and soreness.
It is important to talk to the dentist or oral surgeon about what can be done to manage the discomfort. Aftercare treatment may include pain relief medication, cold treatment to the affected area and doing everything possible to avoid irritating the gums after surgery.
Temporary changes in diet
It can be helpful to go shopping before the surgery for the inevitable diet changes that are going to take place. After a dental bone graft, eating harder to chew foods can irritate the mouth and cause increased pain. Also, certain foods and drinks may increase the risk of oral infection following a bone graft.
It is recommended by most dentists and oral surgeons to stick to a diet of soft foods that require little chewing. It is also helpful to stay away from foods and beverages that are either very hot or cold as they can increase irritation of the gums.
Good oral hygiene is essential
Oral hygiene is tricky following a dental bone graft. On one hand, oral hygiene has never been more important as the risk of infection is higher after oral surgery. However, on the other hand, vigorous brushing or flossing can irritate the gums and cause excessive bleeding and other complications.
Be sure to brush the teeth and gums gently for the first week following surgery. Use mouthwash often and avoid using tobacco products for at least the first week of aftercare. Also, ensure you talk to the dentist or oral surgeon about additional oral care methods following a dental bone graft.
Talk to a dentist about bone graft aftercare
A bone graft is beneficial for patients who have lost bone in the jaw, which is often the result of tooth loss. For many who are going through the dental implant process, a bone graft may even be required. If you are interested in learning more about bone graft, or have recently received a bone graft and need aftercare treatment, then consult with us and schedule a time to come in for a visit.
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