What are the signs of failed bone grafting procedure?

Before delving directly into the risks associated with bone grafting, let’s first briefly explain bone grafting! Bone grafting is a medical and surgical procedure employed to heal damaged and diseased bones. Speaking of it through the dental lens implies forming a stable foundation for dental implants, promoting bone regeneration and preventing the gums from losing their shape i.e. contraction. However, this procedure comes with a couple of risks attached to it with varying reasons such as age and existing medical conditions of the patient, use of contaminated tools, hormonal changes and unaccounted after care.

Symptoms That May Indicate Failure of Bone Grafting Procedure:

Here is a list of signs of a failed bone grafting. If you experience any of the listed symptoms below, it is important to immediately consult your healthcare provider to avoid any major consequences.

  • Prolonged Pain: A little tinge of pain after going through this medical procedure is considered to be normal. However, prolonged pain which is not countered or eased by painkillers can be a sign of complication.
  • Swelling and Discomfort: You can expect a little swelling accompanied with redness and puffiness right after surgery due to the sensitivity of the area, but any swelling that does not improve – after following the guided medical prescription and after-care may indicate an infection.
  • Pus and Infection: If your gum shows signs of infection, such as drainage from the operated area, can signify failure of the bone grafting procedure. This may also include symptoms such as bad breath, increased body temperature, pus and bleeding from the affected area.
  • Stagnant Bone Growth: The sole purpose of this procedure is to promote bone regeneration. If the bone does not show signs of growth that can likely be because of an unsuccessful surgery.
  • Gum Recession: Gum recession is one of the most common signs that can direct us to make sure if the surgery has hit the right chords. The gum sits right on the tooth enamel so a sturdy base is what we expect. If the gum does not retain its shape should be concern that needs to be addressed.
  • Sinus: Our body is integrated in magical ways! Developing symptoms of sinus can be of worry. Our nerves are entwined in a way that if the bone graft is not handled probably, can mess up with the nasal area i.e. sinus cavity. The chances are slim but do not ignore if you develop any symptoms.

Preventive Measures That You Can Take:

There are ways you can minimize the risks associated with dental bone grafting. Here is couple of measures you can take for faster healing and improved dental care:

  • Following a strict and regular pre-operative and post-operative care
  • Regular check-ups and follow up
  • Healthy diet that support bone healing
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption

Summing Up

It is important to consult an expert dentist and have a detailed conversation about dental bone grafting. Keeping in mind the potential benefits and risks that come along with this medical procedure, assessment of the patients’ medical history, current oral examination can help making an informed decision both ways. We at Katy Cypress (6155 N. Fry Road, Suite 600 Katy, TX 77449) provide expert advice and solutions for your queries. You can also connect with us on call 281-667-0607 or email us at info@katycypressoralsurgery.com.

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