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Dental Care Guidelines: What to Expect After a Bone Grafting Procedure

Bone grafting in Calgary can stimulate growth in bone-deficient areas in your mouth. This process ensures that enough healthy bone is available for treatments such as dental implants. In short, dental bone grafting helps restore the bone to its former condition before tooth loss or dental trauma occurs. 

This cosmetic dentistry can also improve bone structure once a tooth extraction treatment has been performed. But despite its benefits, you may still be apprehensive about bone grafting – that’s understandable. 

After all, educating yourself about any facet of your health (dental or otherwise) is essential.

Dental Bone Grafting: When is it Necessary?

A missing tooth that hasn’t been replaced can result in a loss of size and density to the underlying bone. This loss of tooth composition occurs because the natural tooth contains roots that stimulate growth while supporting the tooth structure. If you lose a tooth but receive treatment for a dental implant, the tooth’s underlying bone will remain undamaged, and bone grafting won’t be necessary. 

Conversely, bone grafting surgeries often precede dental implants if the tooth has been missing for a long time. Such a scenario will make it impossible for the jawbone to reinforce any dental implant. 

Typical Recovery Time

Recovery time will be based on a few variables. Factors such as the patient’s age, the condition of their dental health, and the kind of treatment will all play a role in recovery time. But that said, the typical recovery time can be averaged from a couple of weeks to a few months. 

If you’re preparing for a dental implant procedure, you’ll need to wait for the bone graft to merge with the current bones in your mouth. This process can take months to complete. 

Bone Grafting Post-Surgery: What You Need to Know

Bone grafting surgery is a safe and standard dental procedure. However, there are still things you need to be aware of so there are no surprises. 

  • Pain: After a dental bone graft procedure, pain and discomfort will occur, especially within the first week. But this is normal and to be expected. In addition, there are over-the-counter medications you can take to help reduce the pain post-surgery. 
  • Swelling: Swelling and inflammation are standard parts of the healing process. Typically, the amount of mouth and cheek swelling is equivalent to the intricacy of the surgery itself. Within a week after surgery, the swelling should subside. 
  • Post-Surgery: Avoid strenuous touching or washing of the wound, as it could result in more bleeding. Be sure to take the authorized medication and refrain from normal activities deemed harsh until you heal and feel better after surgery.

Stoney Trail Dental for Bone Grafting Surgery

Our team is qualified, educated, and experienced at Stoney Trail Dental. We house dentists who comply with the Canadian standard educational credentials, such as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Dental Surgery, and Doctor of Dental Medicine (all our dentists hold to their name). 

Whether you need restorative dentistry, wisdom tooth extraction, bone grafting treatment, or anything in between, our dental experts can help. Contact us today to learn more. 


Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on July 21, 2022

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