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What to Expect after Dental Bone Graft? Healing Tips & Facts

What to expect after dental bone graft? What is the procedure and how long does it take for a dental bone graft to heal.       

There are a lot of confusion people have related to the healing time and the basics of dental bone graft.

In this article, I will share the right and accurate information which will clear your doubts and will make you confident.


What is Dental Bone Graft?       

A dental bone graft is a dental method to fulfill the missing amount of bone in the jaw where the bone is lost.

This treatment also provides additional support and mostly done before dental implant.

Now bone graft surgery is mostly done when there is a bone loss in the jaw and two major causes behind this are

  • Gum disease or infection
  • Fall of one or more adult teeth



What to Expect after Dental Bone Graft

What to expect after dental bone graft ad How painful is a Dental bone graft? are some most asked questions.

People are still not aware and want to know that how long should a dental bone graft hurt?

How long should a dental bone graft hurt?
How long should a dental bone graft hurt?

Dental bone grafting surgery is not as painful as you may have heard. 

During the procedure, you won’t be feeling any pain because of anesthesia. You will experience little discomfort and yes there will be some pain after the treatment.

But don’t worry, you will be given some painkillers by the dental surgeon that will minimize both your pain and discomfort.


How long does it take for Dental Bone Graft to heal?       

Now let me start from the basics and tell you the facts with the reasons.  The healing time of the bone is naturally slower than your skin and takes some time to recover.

You will start feeling comfortable and less pain after a week but you need to be careful as recovery time is more than this.

Dental bone grafting healing time
Dental bone grafting healing time

There is no accurate time given for the dental bone graft recovery but as estimated it may take between 3 to 5 months depending on the size, location, and medical condition.

Dental bone grafting healing time also depends

  • Whether it’s on the upper or lower jaw
  • Type of bone material used
  • The membrane is used or not, if yes then the type of membrane


How to heal dental bone graft quickly?  What to Expect after Dental Bone Graft              

After having a bone graft it’s important to follow all the directions that your surgeon gives to you.

So your dental surgeon will give you all the instructions on how to take antibiotics like amoxicillin for bone graft healing, what to eat and what to avoid.

For quick recovery, try these suggestions as well

  • Avoid hard foods, hot liquids, and drinks as well.
  • Apply ice packs to the affected area will reduce pain and swelling.
  • Avoid all heavy physical activities that can put pressure on the gums and on bones.


How to sleep after dental bone graft surgery?

For few days after dental bone grafting, you should be a little careful while sleeping to quickly heal the bone graft.

You must sleep on your back on a pillow with your head elevated and avoid sleeping on your side as this can put pressure on the surgery part.


Signs of failed dental bone graft

Now you must have an idea of what to expect after dental bone graft, but you should also have some clue about the failure of bone graft. The main complications that can happen if dental bone graft fails are

  • The surgery area will be red as was before.
  • You will still feel the same pain and discomfort even after a week.
  • Bone will fail to grow

If you feel so, visit your dental surgeon now.



What can I eat after a dental bone graft?

The best precaution you take after a bone graft, sooner it will heal. You have to avoid all hard foods, solid fruits, and crunchy foods as well. Hope after knowing what to expect after dental bone graft you will follow every tip.

Avoid Straw as it may hurt the surgery area and cause more bleeding. The foods you can have are

  • For the first 24 hours take fluids like juice, milk, and water
  • Take soft foods like oatmeal, yogurt, shakes, and mashed potatoes

Keep checking your surgery area and make a regular visit to the dentist to check the recovery growth of bone graft.


How do I know my dental bone graft is healing?

Less pain and comfort after a week of bone grafting is a positive sign of healing. 

There will also be a change in color from red to pink white and bone will start growing. The biggest symptom is your pain will be very nominal.

You must also visit the dentist after a week to get the progress report card.


Final Words

Hope this helped you to understand what to expect after dental bone graft. Now if you are planning to have a bone grafting, then please ask your dentist to use a good membrane on your bone which helps to heal quickly.

You can go with dental bone grafting as this is safe. Keep following your surgeon’s instructions for quick healing. You can also ask the surgeon for all tips to heal quickly.

I have shared all the information given here by my senior dental surgeon.

If you still have any question or doubts, please shoot an email to



Frank Colclough

I am Dr. Frank (Dentist) and recently completed my intern with Dr. Faheem Ahmad. I love writing and so I choose to share my dental experience with you all on Dentist Amity

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