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How Long Is The Recovery Process For Implants
Plano, TX

Image of a woman smiling after dental implant treatment at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates in Plano, TX. Dental implant surgery and recovery can take up to a year to complete. Although the time in the dentist's chair is relatively short, a lengthy healing time is required in the middle of the process.

Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are permanently fixed into a patient’s jaw to replace missing or damaged teeth. These implants consist of an artificial root made of titanium and a ceramic or porcelain crown fitted on top. At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates our dentists Dr. Sherry and Dr. Lee are the best at making sure your dental implant sessions do not take more time than necessary. They will keep you informed every step of the way, making sure you are comfortable throughout the entire process.

History of Dental Implants

Incredibly, the concept of dental implants dates 4000 years ago, when bamboo pegs were used by the ancient Chinese to replace missing teeth. The beginning of modern dental implants came in the 1950s when surgeons discovered the non-reactive nature of titanium. It was a material that was not rejected by the body as it could fuse with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. In 1965, the first dental implantation surgery was done on a patient by an orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark. This procedure was a success and laid the groundwork for future implantation improvements.

Why Get a Dental Implant?

When a person loses a tooth, it leads to bone reabsorption of the jaw, causing it to weaken and deteriorate. This is because, without a root embedded in the jaw, there is no pressure or stimulation to keep the jawbone strong. If left untreated, the effects of tooth loss will restrict chewing and ultimately affect a person's facial appearance. With a dental implant, this problem can be solved as the artificial root in the implant provides the activity necessary to keep the jawbone healthy and even strengthen it.

How to Speed Up Dental Implant Recovery

While the dental implant procedure is relatively fast, the osseointegration can take time. One of the most common dental implant FAQs we receive is how to speed up implant recovery.

There are several things a patient can do to push this process along and ensure the implant is properly fused into the jawbone. This includes:
•  Use an ice pack to minimize the swelling after surgery
•  Avoid strenuous activity
•  Follow a nutritious soft food diet
•  For the first few days, avoid spicy flavors and refined sugars
•  Stay hydrated
•  Avoid using a straw
•  Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
•  Avoid warm compresses
•  Rinse the entire mouth with warm salt water twice a day
•  Practice proper oral hygiene

Make Your Appointment Today

If you are looking into a dental implant or are looking for more information, call us at 972-733-0414
to make your appointment. Here at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates we believe in giving our patients all the information they need to make the best decision. Our dentists will answer your questions, give you time to make an informed decision, and ensure you are 100% comfortable before scheduling your dental implantation.

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