What to Expect Following a Bone Graft Procedure

What to Expect Following a Bone Graft Procedure

The healing process described by an Ipswich implant dentist.

Whilst most patients of the Foxhall Dental Practice will be able to have a dental implant placed without a bone graft; for a few, this will be necessary to ensure that there is sufficient bone into which the implant can be placed. The graft itself usually comprises a number of small pieces of bone and may feel unusual to the patient for a while, once the procedure has been completed.

Immediate care

Naturally, the patient should take care not to dislodge the bone in order to allow it time to graft to the jawbone. Actions such as touching the area, whether with fingers or tongue, should be avoided, as should vigorous spitting or swilling, at least in the days immediately after the graft. Smoking too should be avoided as this will slow down the healing process significantly. In cases where the bone graft occurred in the sinus cavity, care should be taken not to blow the nose, but to wipe or dab, if necessary.

Whilst we can’t prevent ourselves sneezing, this should be done with the mouth open, whilst the bone graft heals, as this will reduce pressure upon the area.

Bleeding and swelling

As with most invasive procedures, some bleeding is to be expected immediately following this procedure. This may occur for up to 24 hours, and possibly slightly longer. If the bleeding continues, or you are concerned about the amount of blood, please call our Ipswich dental implant practice for further advice.

Some swelling may be noticeable too and is a natural bodily reaction to the procedure. This may not be immediately noticeable but is likely to be more visible two to three days following the procedure, when it will be at its peak. Depending on the type of work that you do, but especially if it is public facing, you might wish to take a little time from work to allow the swelling to go down.


As would be expected, some discomfort may be felt following the procedure. This will subside after a few days though, and can usually be managed through the use of over the counter painkillers.


To protect the new bone graft, we strongly advise that a liquid diet is followed in the days following the procedure. Softer foods may be chewed away from the new graft but please do so very cautiously. As the healing proceeds, you will gradually be able to introduce harder foods into your diet.

Oral hygiene

Good oral health care is important whilst the bone graft heals, but, brushing and flossing could cause significant problems and other means of oral hygiene will be needed during the recovery period. We will discuss this with you, at the Foxhall Dental Practice, at the time of your consultation. We will also answer any questions about a bone graft procedure that you may have at this time.

Whilst a bone graft can be a little inconvenient for a short period of time, it really is worthwhile if you’ve suffered from bone loss but still wish to take advantage of the many benefits of dental implants. For more information, please call us on 01473 258396.