Dental implants offer the best option for patients needing teeth replacement. If you are scheduled to get dental implants, a dentist may recommend that you get a bone grafting procedure prior to receiving the implants. Many patients find themselves shrouded in mystery as to what bone grafts are and why they need them in the first place. Patients would want to know what it feels like to get the bone grafts. A dentist provides you with answers to some common FAQs regarding bone grafting for implants.
What is bone grafting?
Bone grafting is like filling a hole with spackle. The spackle comprises bone particles that are placed into the socket or hole where the tooth was before it fell off or was extracted. After placing the bone particles, a dentist covers them with a sterile bandage known as a membrane. The body then dissolves the particles, integrating them into the patient's own bone.
Any pain associated with the recovery?
After the bone grafting treatment, the gums may feel sore. You feel as though you bit wrong on the tooth chip, which made the gums hurt. The pain should disperse after some time. However, you can use pain medication to relieve the pain or swelling.
How safe is a bone graft?
It is extremely safe. The potential risks involve a rejection of the graft tissue, but it is highly unlikely to occur. Another risk is an infection, but a dentist will prevent it by prescribing antibiotics.
What can I eat after receiving a bone graft?
There are no eating restrictions with the bone grafting procedure, however, try to use the opposite side of the grafting site for roughly 3 to 4 weeks. Hot or cold, hard or soft – anything can be on the menu. Don't play with the graft with your tongue to allow quick healing time. Don't also put fingers in the mouth or a toothpick in the site. Visit us or call our office to learn about implants and the preceding procedures like bone grafting.
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