What Does Recovery Look Like?
Recovery after a dental bone graft like an allograft typically takes about 4-6 months in total. It’s essential to follow your dentist or oral surgeon’s advice to prevent failure or complications. Aside from swelling or pain, in the days following the procedure, you may experience discomfort in the form of draining from the surgical site, minor bleeding, bruising, or nausea from the anesthesia.
Things to consider during your recovery:
- Use a cold compress and OTC painkillers to manage the discomfort
- Take blood thinners if prescribed by your dentist
- Consume soft foods while your mouth heals as well as foods high in calcium and vitamin D to speed up the recovery
- Avoid smoking, excessive drinking, or mouthwash that contains alcohol
- Set up follow-up visits with your dentist or oral surgeon to check on your recovery
Dental bone grafts like allografts may sound intimidating, but now that you know more about how they’re done, we hope you feel more confident about the procedure. An allograft can be an important stop on your journey to getting your new implant!