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How do you know if your dental bone graft is healing properly?

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A dental bone graft is healing properly if the swelling and pain around the area subsides a little more every day. Bleeding should also reduce and eventually stop after a few days, according to Bloomington Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

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You may feel small granules in your mouth for several days after the procedure. Rinsing four to five times a day with warm salt water or a prescribed oral rinse helps the graft heal, according to Attleboro-Cumberland Oral Surgeons, Inc. Touching the wound with your finger or tongue, smoking and chewing food at the graft site should be avoided while the bone graft is healing.

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