Your bone graft is typically particulate bone and is much the consistency of course sand. As a result, you may find some small granules in your mouth for the first several days. Do not be alarmed. It is normal to have some of these granules periodically come out of the graft site and into your mouth. You can do some things to minimize the amount of particles that become dislodged:.
What You Should Know About Bone Grafting - Facial & Oral Surgery Inst.
Decreased jaw bone density is a common problem among adults. It can occur for a variety of reasons and can range from mild to severe. Bone grafts are materials usually from cadaver bone or your own bone that are sterilized and transplanted into an area where the bone is damaged or deficient in some way. It is not uncommon for the jaw bone to be rebuilt or repaired with one or more bone grafts. Any of these problems can lead to accelerated jaw bone loss and have a negative effect on oral health. Additionally, patients with low jaw bone density are not good candidates for certain oral procedures, including dental implants.
Many times due to progressive disease, infection or trauma, bone and soft tissue are lost in areas around the teeth. In addition, when teeth are removed and not replaced with dental implants, the bone that supported these teeth resorbs, or deteriorates. When it is not possible to place dental implants as a result of insufficient bone to provide the solid foundation necessary, a graft using bone from another area of the mouth, or synthetic bone, can be placed to improve the site for implant placement. This bone augmentation procedure can often be accomplished at the same time as implant placement so that no additional surgical procedures are necessary. When the bone is thin, such as the bone beneath the gum tissue above the upper front teeth, it resorbs, or deteriorates, much quicker leading to a visible defect.
Do not disturb the wound. Avoid spitting and avoid touching the wound on the day of surgery. There may be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gum tissue. Patients that have or receive dentures on the day of surgery should not use any form of denture adhesive until gum tissue is completely healed. Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal.