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Most Common Complications That Show Up After Bone Grafts and How to Spot Them

Posted on 2/10/2019 by Tricia Ramsay
Most Common Complications That Show Up After Bone Grafts and How to Spot ThemA bone graft is a surgical procedure. Like any surgical procedure, there is always a risk of complications. While the risks are small and the benefits of a bone graft far outweigh the risks, that does not mean that it is wise to ignore the possibility that they can happen. It is important for people to know what the complications are and what they should look for.

The Risk of Infection
One of the biggest risks of any surgical procedure is infection. The bone graft procedure requires tissue to become exposed, so the graft can be put in place. That exposure leaves the possibility that bacteria could get into the site and could lead to an infection. It is also possible if the graft is not sterilized properly, it could lead to an infection.

The signs of an infection usually appear shortly after the bone graft procedure. They include swelling and redness, discomfort, pain and bleeding. While some of the symptoms are normal after the procedure, if they persist it is important to call our office.

Other Issues
Some people experience issues that include numbness and tingling sensations in the lips, gums and cheek. There is also bruising after the procedure. These symptoms should subside shortly after the procedure, although if they continue, it is best to seek our help.

Gum Graft Failure

There are never any guarantees that the graft will take. Failure could result due to many differ problems with the material used or with the health of the gums. The most common signs of failure include swelling and pain.

Despite the fact that the complications from bone graft surgery do not sound like fun, that does not mean they will happen to everyone. In fact, the chances of complications are rare. The key is the skill of our oral surgeon and the care you provide after the procedure.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment with our dental professionals.
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