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Signs of a Failed Dental Bone Graft

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Advanced Center Oral Surgery and Dental Implants
man sitting on couch with a painful expression, with eyes closed, his hand on his cheekDental bone grafts play a crucial role in restoring jawbone structure and supporting dental implants. However, these procedures may sometimes yield different results, leading to patient concerns. Understanding the signs of a failed dental bone graft can help individuals take timely action and address any potential issues proactively.

Persistent Pain

If you have undergone a dental bone graft and are experiencing pain or discomfort for an extended period, it may indicate a failing graft. You may experience a dull ache or throbbing sensation around where the graft was done. In such cases, it is best to consult your dentist without delay. Your dentist will determine the cause of the pain and provide you with the necessary treatment.

Swelling and Tenderness

Swelling and tenderness in the area of a bone graft might indicate an improper integration with existing bone, which can be accompanied by redness and sensitivity. Contact your dentist or oral surgeon immediately to prevent further complications. Treatment may include antibiotics, pain medication, or additional surgical procedures. Follow the instructions that were given to you and attend all follow-up appointments for the best possible outcome.

Excessive Bleeding

While a little bit of bleeding immediately after the procedure is normal, if the bleeding continues for an extended period or becomes excessive, it could indicate a problem. Immediate medical attention is necessary if you have ongoing bleeding that does not stop within a few hours or if you notice blood in your saliva or when brushing your teeth. Persistent bleeding might be a sign of a failed graft or point to an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

Difficulty Chewing or Speaking

Difficulty chewing or speaking can be an unexpected consequence of a failed dental bone graft. Insufficient bone integration may compromise the functionality of the jaw, leading to discomfort and challenges with everyday activities such as eating and speaking. Patients experiencing these difficulties should seek professional assessment and guidance.

If you experience any of these signs, do not hesitate to contact our dentist. Early detection and intervention are crucial for minimizing complications and ensuring the success of your dental implants.

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