Does a bone graft and stitches prevent dry socket?
A bone graft is a good solution to prevent dry socket. Dry socket can occur after an extraction. When the blood clot, that forms over the socket, becomes dislodged, it can expose sensitive nerve endings. A bone graft covers those nerve endings preventing the chance of this painful condition developing.
How long does a tooth extraction and bone graft take to heal?
Though you will probably feel back to normal within a week or two, complete dental bone graft healing can take between three and nine months – sometimes longer.
How long do stitches stay in after bone graft?
Sutures are placed the area of surgery to minimize post-operative bleeding and to help healing. These sutures are frequently dissolving sutures, which will typically fall out in 5 – 7 days. Sometimes they become dislodged, this is no cause for alarm.
Is dry socket possible with stitches?
Yes, it is still possible to get a dry socket if you have stitches. Especially if the stitches fell out, your extraction site got infected, or you aren’t following your home care instructions properly. That means no drinking through a straw, no smoking, no vigorous exercise, etc.
How do you treat a bone graft after dry socket?
Typically, your dentist will clean the damaged socket to remove any debris in the hole. The socket is filled with a medicated dressing/paste which you will have changed to assist with the pain and healing process. This is normally a sterile surgical gauze with a medicated paste to soothe the nerves.
How do I know if my dental bone graft is healing?
In general, you can expect to feel more normal after a few weeks. After your initial recovery, your bone graft will need time to heal and grow new jawbone. You shouldn’t feel any pain during this growth process, but know that it may take several months.
How can I speed up dental bone graft healing?
Room temperature foods that many patients enjoy following a bone graft include: oatmeal, scrambled eggs, pudding, pureed fruit, or mashed potatoes. By avoiding foods that may require chewing, patients can speed up their healing process.
How can I speed up bone graft healing?
Keeping well hydrated also prevents nausea and vomiting. Try not to miss a single meal. You will feel better, have more strength, less discomfort, and heal faster if you continue to eat.
When can I eat normal after bone graft?
It is best to wait until after the local anesthetic has completely worn off before beginning to eat. It’s understandable that your food intake will be limited for the first few days after your procedure. Start with plenty of fluids (juice, milk, water) during the first 24 hours.
Should bone graft be exposed?
Bone Graft Exposure
If the overlying gum tissue breaks down, the bone graft is exposed and loses blood supply, which damages it. Solution: If the exposure is small, it might respond to antibiotics and heal over time. But if the exposure is very severe, then the graft might need to be removed.
Can I drink coffee after bone graft surgery?
Hot foods/drink can dissolve stitches and harm the surgical site. You may drink cold and room temperature items. Cold coffee, tea etc. is OK! You may begin with soft foods (smoothies eaten with a spoon, mashed potatoes, soft pasta, soups, eggs, tender fish etc.).
Can a bone graft fall out after 2 weeks?
It is normal for some of the graft material to come out of the site. -There also may be a temporary white covering over the bone graft to protect it. The covering will usually fall out with in first week.