Anytime a person undergoes any type of surgical procedure, one of the questions they ask is when are considered healed. They want to know when they don't have to worry about the aftercare and when they are ready to return to their life.
In the case of dental bone graft surgery along with just about any other surgical procedure, the answer is: it depends. There are plenty of factors that go into the length of recovery from bone graft surgery.
The Typical Recovery After A Bone Graft
While everyone is different, there is a typical recovery timeline for dental bone graft surgery. The initial phase of the healing is the healing of the wound site. The surgery typically uses stitches that dissolve on their own and that takes 7-10 days. Stitches that require removal also last 7-10 days.
After the initial healing period, it will take time for the bone graft to attach completely and for new bone tissue to grow. That timeline depends on the size of the graft. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to as long as 3 months for the bone graft to completely heal.
What Slows Down Healing The care that you give the bone graft site and the care that you take for your overall health play a role in how long the recovery time is. One thing that can extend the recovery time a large amount of time is smoking. Using tobacco after a bone graft surgery can cause the healing time to double and can also cause failure in some cases. It is best to avoid all tobacco use until the graft has completely healed if not quitting altogether.
The oral hygiene habits also impact the ability for the graft to heal. Practicing good habits can actually help the healing process. Poor habits will slow down the healing. If there are complications such as infection, that could extend the timeline. How quickly you treat any complications plays a role in how long it takes to heal.
For more information about this or any other oral health issues, contact our office to talk to a dental professional.
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