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What To Know About Recovering From A Bone Graft

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Are you in need of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, but the jawbone doesn't have the strength to support it? A dental bone grafting may be necessary to give that jawbone the support it needs so you can have a full set of teeth once again. However, the process of recovering from a bone graft can be quite long, and you'll need to properly heal before you can get the dental implant. Here is what you need to know about recovering after the bone graft procedure. 

The Day Of The Procedure

You'll experience discomfort and swelling right after the procedure, which is completely normal. You can apply ice to the outside of your jaw to reduce any swelling you are experiencing. You'll want to avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth for a day after the bone graft procedure, which will prevent the bone graft from becoming dislodged. 

The Dietary Restrictions

Some thought needs to be put into the foods you eat to ensure that gone graft doesn't fail. Your dentist will likely give you a list of recommended foods to eat, and you should stick to that at all times. In general, you'll find that the list tells you to avoid foods that are crunchy or hard, which run the risk of damaging the bone graft. You should also avoid foods that have spices that can irritate the bone graft's surgical site. Try to stick to cold or room temperature foods as well, as heat can cause a problem.

The Oral Hygiene Routine

You need to stay on top of your oral hygiene if you want the bone graft to succeed. With that in mind, you'll want to go a couple of days without flossing or brushing around the bone graft. The other parts of your mouth are fine to brush, but be extra careful about how the brush comes in contact with the surgical site. You'll eventually be able to gently brush your teeth around the bone graft according to when your doctor's instructions say to do so. 

The Activity Restrictions 

You should not put stress on your body right after getting a bone graft, so avoid exercising, running, and sports. You can do light exercises such as yoga or walking if you want to get your body moving in a safe way.

The Follow-Up Appointment

Make sure to return to the dentist as instructed for your follow-up appointment. They'll verify that your bone graft is healing properly, and book your next follow-up appointment to check on you.