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Signs of Failed Dental Bone Graft


Posted on 12/5/2022 by Evan
Signs of Failed Dental Bone GraftA bone graft is a treatment modality most recommended for patients with severe bone loss or whose jawbone is not strong enough to support dental implants. The grafts help to stimulate your bone to form again and be strong. Bone grafting is done by an oral surgeon and has a very high success rate in most patients. However, in some cases, it can fail, the following are some of the signs that can indicate failure.

Acute Pain


After dental bone grafting, some mild pain is expected for a few days. The surgeon will give you painkillers to manage the pain. However, if the pain is too severe, increasing in intensity over time, and last for weeks or even months, it can indicate bone graft failure.

Prolonged Swelling


After the procedure, mild swelling is expected but will disappear after a few days. If the swelling increases or is large enough to interfere with oral activities, it can signify that the bone graft has failed.

Pus Leakage


Pus leakage from the site indicates there is some reaction and infection. Too much pus draining in this region will signify that the installed bone graft is failing.

Natural Bone Growth is Not Noted


Dental bone grafts stimulate the rebuilding of your natural bone. If you don't note that the bone volume is increasing, it might indicate that the graft was unsuccessful.

Tooth Sensitivity


A bone graft can be placed near the root of a tooth in circumstances where the oral surgeon was trying to save your tooth. In the first few days after the procedure, you might experience discomfort in the tooth. However, if you feel severe aches and soreness, it can indicate that the graft is not responding well to your body. In such a scenario, you need to consult your oral surgeon to determine the next treatment option.
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