Dental Implant Bone Graft healing -What to Expect

Dental Implant Bone Graft healing -What to Expect

In this video, I explain what you can expect after having a dental implant bone graft. I receive a lot of questions on a daily basis that I address in this blog post. Feel free to ask questions below!

I also have another video explaining how long it takes for bone grafts to heal.

Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Burbank, California


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20 thoughts on “Dental Implant Bone Graft healing -What to Expect

  1. Tracey Martin

    Hi Dr, last Thursday I had all my teeth removed and a bone graft put in on the top, the pain has subsided but I still get the throbing pain and the denture I received I can’t wear as yet cause they hurt, I have tons of stitches, my question sorry took so long to get to but is this normal??? I had a very bad experience as a child with the dentist

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  2. Sandie G

    I had two teeth removed #14 and 15 almost six months ago due to a bad root canal where the roots were severed, infected and in my sinus, therefore causing a chronic sinus infection. I am getting an implant in #14 but not 15. It seems as though 15 was infected for many years. I am still having sinus issues and have been to 4 different ENT’s who have said I don’t have sinus disease.i am still having pain, redness and pieces of bone coming out of where 15 was extracted and I have a bitter taste that seems to be coming from that area. I had a sinus CT and it said there may be root remnants left in my sinus. I have been back to the oral surgeon 4 times saying it doesn’t feel right. He says nothing is wrong. I still feel like I did when I had the tooth infection. Is it normal after 6 months to feel like that?

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    1. RamseyAminDDS Post author

      This is not normal. I would suggest you have the skin red by an oral and maxillofacial radiologist rather than just your surgeon or ENT physician. Sometimes in some unique cases I will have a radiologist read it because they can pick up unusual things.

      Perhaps it is another tooth like to number 13?

      The gum should be complete pink and fully healed if not it should be reopened.

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  3. jeff powers

    I have to have 4 teeth extracted in my upper jaw and was looking to replace the front #8 with an implant and do a partial for the others # 3, 14, 15. The procedure is going to cost about 10,000. Should I consider fixed dentures instead. I don’t think the other teeth on my upper are in that great of shape. What is the typical cost of fixed dentures?

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  4. Anand

    I had one front lower tooth extracted last year without any bone grafting done by my dentist. The tooth beside that started getting lose, moved to another dentist only to be told i am going through advanced periodontics. Now got another 3 tooth extracted and bone graft done in that area, wore my temporary for a week until my 1st post-op. Noticed there was already a hole developing w/sutures still around the site where the 1st tooth was extracted last year…Asked the doc at the periodontics office (my doctor wasn’t working that day), said no issues. Couple of days later was passing my, again showed it to the Nurse, she also seems to think its fine. A week later now, sutures gone and hole clearly visible, the walls gone concave, any cold water in that area get a tingy feeling. Is this case of bone graft failure?

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  5. brian chaput

    I had my tooth pulled after a failed root canal on 2/26 . It’s the upper second to last on my left. They put in cadaver bone that was like a course wet sand and stitched it up and removed the stitches on 3/4.

    They said it was healing well but still had some more healing to do; the taste in my mouth prior to stitches being removed and now is honestly like a dead animal – is this normal, if so, how long do you think it will last – I am avoiding people because if the smell is anything like the taste I can’t imagine being on the receiving end of my breath.

    Thanks

    Brian

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    1. RamseyAminDDS Post author

      this is not typical. I would advise that you have another follow-up appointment with your dentist. You may have a low-grade bone infection.

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  6. Neeraj

    Hello Doc,
    I have had my teeth implant around 8 weeks ago and in total I had 7 teeth implants. Also my front teeth have been rubbed/scratched and have put artificial denture. I am having too much extra saliva problem and have to spit at least 40 – 50 times in a day. Is it because of titanium implants or artificial denture. Please reply.

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    1. RamseyAminDDS Post author

      The excessive saliva is due to your adaptation to the dentures. It is not uncommon for this to occur with acrylic denture teeth especially if it covers your palate. I’m hoping you’re having a fixed bridge on your dental implants such as individual teeth, Bridges or a full arch restoration like the Prettau dental implant bridge

      Ramsey Amin DDS

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  7. Donna

    Dr Amin, Had a real hard time with my two implants. During the three month wait healing time I experienced a lot of discomfort. Had to be on antibiotics for several weeks. About two weeks before I got the okay to have the implants (teeth) put in I noticed a salty taste in my mouth/lips. I asked my oral surgeon and dentist if this could be a reaction to titanium implants, they both said no! It has now been three weeks since I got my teeth and I am experiencing some minor discomfort in that area (tooth 13 and 14) when I chew. Yesterday I noticed on the side of my gum (outside near cheek) a small puffy area and very tender when I push with my finger. Still have this awful salty taste too. What do you think is going on?? Also I should add I have been on prednisone for over a year due to a medical condition. I know it can slow the healing process.

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    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hello Donna,

      It sounds like you has a dental infection regardless of you being on antibiotics.
      I would have a dentist take a culture of the area and sent it to a lab to determine what type of antibiotic is going to be effective to treat this infection. This generally takes a few days to get results back. At that point the antibiotic could be changed to see if that helps. Not all infections are responsive to antibiotics. If the infection is allowed to continue you may lose the dental implants and the associated bone.

      Some people get bone loss without any reason whatsoever. The salty taste is a little bit strange and is not likely related to the actual titanium.

      Prednisone can also be a factor in developing a dental infection and slowing are healing as you had mentioned.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

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  8. Laura LeBlanc

    HiDr Amin,I had a socket bone graph after infected tooth extraction 4 and a half months ago,I had a checkup and dr.said I could go ahead and set up surgery forthe implant,I am having thick excessive saliva and the center of the graph still doesnt look completely closed,dr. said exray showed bone grew ,but Im concerned that the gum didnt completely close over graph,Does this sound right to continue on with implant?Thankyou,Laura

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    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Laura,

      What you are experiencing is not uncommon. The saliva part is probably not connected.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

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      1. Laura LeBlanc

        Dr.Amin,With the gums not completely closed do you think I should continue with implant,My cheek feels funny on that side,Im worried I have some sort or infection that he doesnt see(maybe in jaw)

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        1. Ramsey Amin DDS

          Hi Laura,

          I would really need to see you to answer your question. See your dentist asap

          😉 Dr. Amin

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  9. Laura LeBlanc

    Hi Dr.Amin,I had and extraction and bonegraph of a rootcanal tooth #30 with crack,chronic infection and boneloss 6 weeks ago(I believe a difficult extraction) and had antibiotics (precaution)right after extraction-One week post op stitches were taken out and I started getting a strange salty taste and a lot of salivaAt about 2 weeks post op the membrane was falling off,and there was a lump under where tooth was(on cheek side)Dr said he didnt see any actice infection but put my on another antibiotic.About 5 weeks post op went back to Dr. because still have bad taste and can see white of bone coming out of socket-Dr. said that it was extra bonegraph that may work its way out and didnt see active infection(He did give me another antibiotic script that I could fill at my discretion)Which I didnt fill-I wasnt sure if I should.Could you please tell me if this is all normal?Thank you Laura

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    1. Ramsey Amin DDS

      Hi Laura,

      What you are experiencing is within the range of normal. Most socket bone grafts for dental implants heal fast, but a few are slow like yours. I would definitely take the antibiotics as directed. It will heal but it sound like yours will take much longer than normal. Quit smoking if you are a smoker.

      😉 Dr. Amin.

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