In a couple of days, I'm having a bone graft placed in my upper left jaw to allow for implants. I lost most of my molars in the upper left due to a particularly large cyst in my sinus cavity that was removed several years ago when I was 12 or 13. I'm 17 now, so they can finally start putting the implants in.
As far as the procedure goes, I know that they're harvesting bone from my lower jaw, and they aren't doing anything except the actual graft (they aren't putting in any implants at the same time). Its a hospital outpatient surgery, I don't know if that's relevant or not.
Now to my actual question. I heard from a nurse who is familiar with these procedures that "maximum swelling usually occurs about 72 hours afterward, then the bruising begins". This sounds pretty horrific, and I really wasn't aware that I would be out of commission for that long. This isn't such great timing either, and I really didn't want to miss so much school. Now I'm starting to hear that full recovery can take 2 weeks.
I know that every patient is different, but what is the average recovery time for people who undergo this procedure? Specifically, how many days of school should I expect to miss?