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Signs of a Failed Dental Bone Graft


Posted on 6/15/2024 by Dr. Dani Stansell
3D rendering of a bone graft being placedDental bone grafts are important procedures in restoration therapy, such as dental implantation. These set up a well-founded base with the help of building or rebuilding the jawbone if it gets compromised by periodontal disease, trauma, or tooth loss. But then, just like any other medical procedure, it has risks. Knowing the symptoms may aid you in seeking early intervention if you notice any of the following signs of a failed dental bone graft:

Persistent Pain


Of course, some pain is associated with the recovery time after a surgical procedure. However, when it persists for days or even several weeks post-surgery, then that may be indicative of a problem. If it does not subside after taking prescribed medication or intensifies further, then this could be a symptom of infection or insufficient healing of the new graft.

Swelling


A small amount of swelling should be present after the operation. When this swelling rapidly increases and fails to subside for a prolonged period, it may indicate inflammation or infection. Constant swelling for more than a day or two should send you back to the dentist.

Visibility of the Graft Material


Graft bits from the site indicate that the graft has failed. This is an emergent condition called rejection of graft, where immediate attention is warranted to avoid further complications.

Signs of Infection


Redness, warmth, pus, and drainage from the surgery site are vital signs of infection. Other signs include fever and chills, which indicate that your body is fighting off an infection.

Delayed Healing


You should observe some positive healing at the graft site or the gum tissues, but when they are not healing, the site will remain raw and sore for some time. This sign means it is likely the graft is not integrating as expected.

If any of these symptoms are present, it is vital to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Early detection and intervention may be essential for a successful outcome and for preventing further problems.

Are you alarmed by the symptoms after your recent dental bone graft? Why wait for them to worsen? Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our skilled team is committed to your dental health and can guide you through the measures necessary to keep your mouth healthy.

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