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What are the primary symptoms of a bone graft rejection/infection in the lower jaw? I had surgery last year and have pain but no redness/inflammation.

What are the primary symptoms of a bone graft rejection/infection in the lower jaw? I had surgery last year and have pain but no redness/inflammation.

Varies: Usually would be associated with redness, swelling, pain, and possibly drainage. Blood tests such as a Crp and esr can also give further evaluation. If you are concerned, don't hesitate to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I believe I have developed an infection where I recently had a dental bone graft. What methods of treatment are there for such an infection?

I believe I have developed an infection where I recently had a dental bone graft. What methods of treatment are there for such an infection?

See your dentist: Guesses regarding post surgical infection are a bad idea. Clindamycin is an antibiotic which will bind to bone and is excellent for dental infections, BUT. Your dental surgeon needs to evaluate this immediately ...Read more

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What type infections can result from a dental bone graft using cadaver bone? What could be the worse possible scenario

What type infections can result from a dental bone graft using cadaver bone? What could be the worse possible scenario

None from the bone: According to the cdc, there has been no documented transmission of disease by bone allografts used in dentistry in the last 30 years. Once the bone graft is placed in the patient's mouth it may be susceptible to infection by contamination with the patients bacteria and other factors. I have used bone allografts for the last 21 years without disease transmission. ...Read more

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Periodontist drained a lesion between 2 molars saying: take antbiotic Rx and return for extractions. If infection gone, why not just add bone grafts?

Periodontist drained a lesion between 2 molars saying: take antbiotic Rx and return for extractions. If infection gone, why not just add bone grafts?

Not that simple: There needs to be proper bony support for the bone graft to take and allow the tooth to be saved. Your periodontist has deemed these teeth hopeless and has determined that implants have a better chance of success. Why try to save teeth and spend $$$ when the prognosis is poor from the start? Implants are a better choice. ...Read more

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What are the chances to get a bone infection after molar extraction and bone graft. 4 days ago I had it and I'm still in pain and very anxious.

What are the chances to get a bone infection after molar extraction and bone graft. 4 days ago I had it and I'm still in pain and very anxious.

Healing takes time: An extraction can normally hurt for 6-8 days...It may not necessarily be infected. I agree, your dr. Can look at it and tell. ...Read more

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Still in pain after molar extraction and bone graft. Os says I have no signs of infection or dry socket. Is this pain normal? What to do?

Yes: Some procedures can cause pain and swelling and for some people longer than others. Be patient and you will heal just fine. ...Read more

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Does pain 5 days after difficult molar extraction and bone graft means infection? I have no fever, on amoxicillin but stil feel intense pain.

Does pain 5 days after difficult molar extraction and bone graft means infection? I have no fever, on amoxicillin but stil feel intense pain.

Long Extraction pain: Pain from an extraction can be of several origins. As you are on anti-biotics, infection is less likely. But because of the strenuous nature of the tooth removal, the muscles of mastication and the sites were the shots were given can still be quite uncomfortable. Call your surgeon's office for some recommendations and a follow up visit. ...Read more

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Undergone laminectomy w/ spinal fusion with implants & bone graft t9 to t 12. How many days is safe for not acquiring infection on the wound site?

Undergone laminectomy w/ spinal fusion with implants & bone graft t9 to t 12. How many days is safe for not acquiring infection on the wound site?

Couple of weeks: The most common time frame for getting post operative infection is first two weeks it is possible to get delayed infection as well occasionally one can get deep infection after 4-6 weeks post op, also but if the wound heals andr the sutures are out you are generally safe at that point. Good luck. ...Read more

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Tooth extraction+bone graft 6 days ago, in a lot of pain, saw dds maybe infection, put on clindamycin day 2 still painful, how long till anti work?

Tooth extraction+bone graft 6 days ago, in a lot of pain, saw dds maybe infection, put on clindamycin day 2 still painful, how long till anti work?

Not normal: Need to go back to your dentist for further evaluation. My patients do not have any pain the next day after an extraction and bone graft, therefore I would surmise that you have something that needs to be addressed now. ...Read more

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Had tooth extraction/bone graft 3 months ago. Have had bitter taste in mouth since. Dr says area is healed/no infection. Why still having bitter taste?

Had tooth extraction/bone graft 3 months ago. Have had bitter taste in mouth since. Dr says area is healed/no infection. Why still having bitter taste?

Could be other cause: The bitter taste could be related to other causes such as sinus issues and related post nasal drip or stuff on the tongue. Would suggest using a saline nasal spray to help break up any post naal drip and brush your tongue to eliminate any trapped food particles. If you don't see improvement in a week recommend followup with an ENT to rule out sinus issues. ...Read more

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Had periodontal surgery, bone graft, tooth extraction, sinus lift and implants. Developed infection - have taken clindamycin 150, 300 mg and now on?

Had periodontal surgery, bone graft, tooth extraction, sinus lift and implants. Developed infection - have taken clindamycin 150, 300 mg and now on?

Varies: The type and duration of antibiotics needed is based upon the type of bacteria involved and it's relative sensativity to various antibiotics as well as the extent of the infection as well. If there is any question, the assistance of an infectious disease specialist can be helpful. Sometimes, further surgery is required. ...Read more

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Could dental bone grafting be done month or two after extractions due to long term infection?

Could dental bone grafting be done month or two after extractions due to long term infection?

Bone Grafting: Bone grafting in dentistry is a way to help place bone growing material in areas where there has been advanced dental bone loss. The timing of this procedure is on a case by case study which would help determine the best time to place this medicine. ...Read more

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What are main symptoms of failed bone graft to gums?

What are main symptoms of failed bone graft to gums?

See periodontist: Pain, infection are a few visible symptoms. There may be others that need to be evaluated by the periodontist and by x-ray. If you have concerns return to your periodontist. If it wasn't performed by a periodontist then maybe you should be seeing one. An oral surgeon is also an option. ...Read more

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Cadaver bone graft rejection symptoms in ankle?!? Can this happen and what are the signs and symptoms?

Unlikely: Bone graft materials are not living tissues, rather they are processed bone fragments or powder and function only to allow ingrowth of new bone following a procedure. In this case, the bone is not antigenic and thus not prone to rejection (theoretically possible, but very unlikely). I would think that if you are having problems, you should see your orthopedic surgeon to assess the healing status ...Read more

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7wks p/o laminectomy/pars repair w/bone graft. Leg symptoms 98% gone first 5.5 weeks and have returned to pre op symptom level over the past week. Why?

7wks p/o laminectomy/pars repair w/bone graft. Leg symptoms 98% gone first 5.5 weeks and have returned to pre op symptom level over the past week. Why?

Call surgeon today.: After such a great improvement, worsening of symptoms needs immediate attention. Call in the morning or if worse tonight than yesterday morning, call now. ...Read more

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1 week ago, had tooth extraction&bone graft for root fracture. Took zpac before&after. Still THROBBING from area to ear but no other symptoms? Normal?

1 week ago, had tooth extraction&bone graft for root fracture. Took zpac before&after. Still THROBBING from area to ear but no other symptoms? Normal?

Recovery: You had surgery. May take longer than a week to recover. Should, however, be feeling a little better every day. If that's not what you are experiencing, or if you would like to be seen for a follow-up visit, please call your Surgeon, the practitioner that knows you best. They may want to see you to evaluate healing, change meds, etc. ...Read more

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I am facing a bone graft to heal my broken humerous. Are there alternatives to the graft?

I am facing a bone graft to heal my broken humerous. Are there alternatives to the graft?

Nonunion: Nonunions can be very problematic. If you have tried vitamin d and calcium supplements as well as a bone stimulator and your fracture shows little signs of healing, then bone graft may be your option. Studies have suggested that prp or bone marrow aspirate may also be of benefit. ...Read more

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Should I worry about bone graft to mandible?

Worried about what?: If you are worried about catching a disease from bone grafts, do not worry. There are strict protocols on all of the materials used for bone grafting to insure this does not happen. ...Read more

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I had oral surgery for a bone graft. I've had headaches increasing in intensity for the past 5 day.?

I had oral surgery for a bone graft. I've had headaches increasing in intensity for the past 5 day.?

Call Doctor: You should call your surgeon asap. Any time you have surgery and your symptoms seem to be getting worse rather than better, it's a good idea to call your surgeon. It could be normal or it could be a sign of an infection or other problem. ...Read more

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After triple arthodsis wih paxmal bone graft surgery I experience tingling and numbness will this go away?

After triple arthodsis wih paxmal bone graft surgery I experience tingling and numbness will this go away?

If early post-op yes: There may be a lot of swelling after surgery and this could temporarily alter nerve sensation. If early from surgery anticipate improvement over time. ...Read more

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Supposingm y lower left jaw is replaced with a bone graft, should I have problems chewing with the other side?

Supposingm y lower left jaw is replaced with a bone graft, should I have problems chewing with the other side?

Good occlusion?: Your ability to chew is depending on how good the occlusion you have. Regardless of the graft, the chewing depends on how the upper teeth opposing the lower teeth. Check with your dentist. ...Read more

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I'm already fused from L2 thru S1 with rods, bone grafts and two cages. With all the metal I can't have a MRI?

Not true always: You have to speak to your radiologist, ferrous metals respond to magnetic waves (MRI), Now current techniques titanium is used. You surgeon and radiologist will discuss then make a safe decision, which test could be done safely on you. ...Read more

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I have avn both hips, had 5 surgies, replacements and core decompress with bone grafts, why do I still have so much pain?

I have avn both hips, had 5 surgies, replacements and core decompress with bone grafts, why do I still have so much pain?

Let me understand: Did you have hip replacement? If you did you should not pain if you did not may it is something to think about. Write me back. ...Read more

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I had a bone graft operation more than a week ago and bone was taken from my left hip. Do I need to keep the stiches covered with a plaster?

I had a bone graft operation more than a week ago and bone was taken from my left hip. Do I need to keep the stiches covered with a plaster?

Good idea: The incision should be healed to the point where the sutures can be removed at approximately 10 days. The hip is often exposed to minor trauma so would leave covered until then ...Read more

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I had 2 difficult extractions 6 days ago with an unexpected bone graft. 1 stitch came out day 4, then some grit day 5. Looks healing. Normal?

I had 2 difficult extractions 6 days ago with an unexpected bone graft. 1 stitch came out day 4, then some grit day 5. Looks healing. Normal?

Extractions: It is not uncommon for graft material to come out as we usually overfill the socket with bone graft. If a lot of the graft material came out or the socket it open, the bone graft may fail. You should definitely ask your dentist about it when you see him for the post operative visit (usually 7-14 days after surgery). ...Read more

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I just had teeth extractions with bone grafts; should I be worried that I've felt a crunch (like I had eaten a nerd candy)?

I just had teeth extractions with bone grafts; should I be worried that I've felt a crunch (like I had eaten a nerd candy)?

Not uncommon: It is not uncommon for some patients to have some of the small bone graft particles migrate from the extraction site following surgery. Depending upon the type of closure utilized you may see some of the graft material on the surface of the tissues over the extraction site as it heals. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a bone graft the same as an alveoplasty?

Completely different: Procedures. Alveoloplasty is the reshaping of the alveolar ridge bone to make it smooth. Bone grafting procedures are done to restore your bone to its previous form. Ask your dentist or an oral surgeon for more information. ...Read more

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What to do if I had bone graft done 2 day ago when can I start eating normally, without fearing the "bone" will spill out?

You should have been: Eating before you left the hospital. The bone will not spill out, as you put it.
There is no connection between eating and the bone grafting! ...Read more

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I have a web fx non disp or slight disp no union now need bone graft and orif what are the possible reasons that I need the graft I'm in good health

Nonunion: Due to the nonunion, something happened where the fracture didn't heal correct. The surgeon may have thought you needed an extra "push" toward healing. Do you smoke tobacco or other substances? Alcohol use can also delay healing. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Surgeon wants to remove pin from non union scaphoid, have had 2 unsuccessful bone grafts, I'm not sure as from what I can see bone is still broken?

Non-union=still brkn: If they are calling it a non-union then that means the fracture has not healed so is technically still broken.
To optimize bone healing, it is important to not smoke, limit alcohol, eat a healthy, balanced diet with sufficient protein and consider taking vit. C, D, mutli-mineral complex and I like to have patients add a collagen supplement. ...Read more

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I have blood in mucus for two weeks now after the sinus lift and bone graft. Is this comment problem?

I have blood in mucus for two weeks now after the sinus lift and bone graft. Is this comment problem?

Possible: Depends on the size of the bone graft. However usually after 1 week there should not be any bleeding. You may have some periodic trickling of blood sometimes during the second week. ...Read more

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I got a dental bone graft about 10 days ago, but I still see a "dent" and I even see the membrane! Is this even normal?

I got a dental bone graft about 10 days ago, but I still see a "dent" and I even see the membrane! Is this even normal?

Yes w-TeflonMembrane: Certain membranes, especially removable ptfe (teflon) can be visible after placement and there could be a slight differential in height (indented are) where it is placed. However, other membranes such a collagen or titanium mesh are meant to be fully covered by skin until the bone graft fully integrates with the body. If you have any questions about the appearance of your membrane consult w-dds. ...Read more

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I'm having l5s1anterior/posterior discectomy & they'll be placing rods & screws. Is it unusual to not be getting a bone graft with this?

Wow!: Your age would have helped. This is tertiary care doing front and back in the first place with more complications & sexual dysfunction. Also, since you must have had prior surgery to consider such extensive Rx the site may not be amenable to bone grafting. But since you are doing belt and suspenders Rx, why not throw in some remote bone. Perhaps all the local carving will yield sufficient bone. ...Read more

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Tooth pulled/bone graft 6 days ago. Stitches coming out & there's a small hole. I see mostly pink & a little white (bone?). Is this bad? Little pain.

Tooth pulled/bone graft 6 days ago. Stitches coming out & there's a small hole. I see mostly pink & a little white (bone?). Is this bad? Little pain.

Go back to surgeon: Any surgeon would want to follow up with you. It sounds like you need to go back for a post op visit to make sure all is well. ...Read more

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My gums have receded to the maximum level where my periodentist deny gums and bone graft. Is there any remedy where I can get my lost gums. I 41plzhlp?

Horizontal bone loss: You probably have horizontal bone loss, of which the bone is level out and it is very hard, or even almost impossible, to augment bone height in this situation. To control or halt the progression of bone loss, you must keep your teeth clean periodically with your dentist/periodontitst. Your teeth must be restored to optimal occlusion. Finally, your medical health is also need to be optimal. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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Bone Graft (Definition)

Bonegrafts can be divided into autograft (bone from self), allograft (cadaver bone), xenograft (bone from another species) and alloplast (synthetic). Bonegrafting is a surgical procedure to replace ...Read more