COMMON PROCEDURE IN ORAL SURGERY
A bone graft is a common procedure in oral surgery and is sometimes part of the pre-prosthetic process.
After one or more teeth are lost, the jawbone in the area starts to atrophy. This results in the bone not being suitable for dental implants.
A bone graft is done to coax the patient’s body into rebuilding the degenerated bone tissue to prepare for the next step: dental implants.
SUGGESTIONS FOR RECOVERY
- Bone fragments – Because a bone graft is made up of many small pieces of bone, it is normal to discover small fragments of bone in your mouth a few days after surgery. This is only temporary.
- Touching – Avoid touching the wound with your fingers, tongue or any object – treat it like any other wound.
- Brushing your teeth – Oral hygiene is very important, but avoid vigorous brushing for a few days, especially in the area of the wound.
- Spitting – Resist the urge to spit as it may disturb blood clotting and the graft.
- Do not smoke – It is important not to smoke for at least two weeks before the procedure. Smoking while you are recovering increases the risk of infection as well as the risk that the bone graft may fail.