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Is bone grafting painful?

Bone grafting is usually associated with dental implants.  The two usually go hand-in-hand in cosmetic dentistry. When patients need dental implants, they may have to undergo bone grafting. And of the questions they have is whether or not bone grafting causes pain?

Is bone grafting painful?

Generally, it does not cause pain. In fact, dentists at Southwest Oral Surgery perform it every week. This procedure is an outpatient basis. You will receive sedation during the procedure. In that case, you won’t feel any pain. And as the graft is healing, you would not feel any pain. When it is done, it will be ready for your new dental implants. It is the first step to take before you can enjoy a beautiful new tooth.

Before undergoing this procedure, your dentist may prescribe some medicines to minimize any pain and swelling during and after the procedure. In this way, you will leave the dental office feeling confident and comfortable. Some patients choose to rest and avoid activities for the first day. These patients may experience pain and discomfort. The pain may vary depending on the size of the graft and the type.

If pain does occur, it will subside in seven days. However, if the pain does persist, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. The pain reliever you will take is enough to relieve any pain. Depending on how your body reacts to the procedure, you may not feel any pain after the procedure.

Why consider bone grafting?

If you are a good candidate for a dental implant, your dentist may recommend bone grafting. It may sound scary. But there’s nothing to be scared of. It is a painless procedure and the result is predictable.

But is it necessary?

Bone grafting is only necessary if you do not have enough healthy natural bones in your mouth. These bones are required to support the implants. A lot of factors could cause this deficiency. These would include gum disease, trauma, face injury, development defects, and several others. You may also need bone grafting if you have empty space after tooth removal.

You may need bone grafting if you have lost a tooth. It is also possible even if you decide to have a dental implant after losing a tooth. One of the reasons is that there’s inflammation in the socket. Or it could be that the lost tooth had an insufficient size to support a replacement. Bone loss can occur each day that your tooth is missing. The longer you wait before you decide to have a dental implant, the highly likely you need bone grafting.

After the procedure

When the procedure is done, your dentist will prescribe antibiotics to fight infection. You may also need to take pain medication. But don’t worry. The majority of patients receiving bone grafts did not experience pain after the procedure. But they still take antibiotics to prevent infection. Before getting dental implants, your dentist will wait for a few weeks so that the bone graft completely fuses with the natural bones. There is no exact time for how long it is going to take because every person is different. While waiting for it to happen, you need to visit your dentist regularly so that he/she can check whether or not your mouth is ready for the implants.

To know more about bone grafting and oral surgery, please contact Southwest Oral Surgery

AT (623) 792-5794

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