How long does the procedure take?
Bone grafting is a minor surgery and the procedure usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes.
What should I expect after the procedure?
Immediately after the surgery it is normal to experience some pain, swelling and bruising in the area where the graft (bone) has been taken from and also in the jaw, which generally lasts for about one to two weeks. You will be prescribed a course of antibiotics and painkillers to use over the following week.
What happens next?
The stiches will be removed after one week. Then, depending on your case, the graft will be left to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months. After this period the surgeon will proceed to insert the dental implants.
Are there any special precautions I should be aware of?
Yes. Start taking the prescribed medications immediately after the procedure to avoid infection of the site and reduce discomfort.
When eating, avoid chewing on the site for the next 8 weeks, and it is preferable to eat soft food.
For smoking patients, please stop. Not only this is bad for your health in general but it also decreases the success rate of the bone graft that was placed.
How can I reduce the risk of bone loss in the future?
The ideal solution is to replace lost teeth quickly to avoid significant bone loss. Check our Dental Implant leaflet for more info.