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Bone Graft Failure Ask The Periodontist Marie Schweinebraten Question:
Cadaver Bone Graft: I had a cadaver bone graft in preparation for an implant on my lower right molar due to an infection.

How can you tell if you are rejecting the cadaver bone as it still throbs and hurts in my jaw. I have TMJ ...Visitor from AZ

Answer:
It is not unusual to have throbbing after surgery and a bone graft.

You did not say how long it has been since the graft was placed, but if you have TMD problems you most likely grind or clench your teeth. This delays healing and can cause intense throbbing for as long as 3 to 4 weeks.

If infection is present you would notice pus in the area when you push on it. Even this is most likely not caused by the graft material. I would give it more time to heal and apply heat to the outside of your face several times a day.

Marie C. Schweinebraten, DMD
Atlanta Periodontist
2925 Premiere Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 623-0930

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