Implant dentistry has changed the way that dental professionals approach tooth loss. Dental implants make for durable and lifelike replacement teeth. Receiving dental implants is an outpatient surgical procedure. Most people return to work two or three days after their initial surgery while others may need a day or two longer to rest.
Recovery times can vary by a day or two due to the facts that everyone heals at different rates, some areas of implantation are more complex, and the amount of dental implants used to restore oral function. When it comes to recovery from receiving dental implants, it is important to follow the instructions provided by our oral surgeon so that you can manage discomfort and care for surgical sites properly.
Why do I need to return for follow up appointments?
After your dental implants are embedded and you’ve recovered from the initial procedure, you will need to return to our practice periodically for follow up appointments. The reason these appointments are necessary is because our team will need to evaluate the stabilization process of the dental implant.
Dental implants become stable once bone integrates to their titanium structure. When bone fuses to a dental implant, it holds it in place the same way that bone holds the roots of biological teeth in place. Bone stabilizing to dental implants is called osseointegration and this process is monitored by taking diagnostic images and performing quick checkups periodically.
Once our team determines that a dental implant is stable, frequent follow up appointments are no longer necessary.
Why choose an oral surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a board-certified specialist who can perform a variety of procedures and treatments in the oral cavity and along the face. Choosing an OMS for your dental implant needs is wise since these specialists have advanced training and experience working with dental implants.
Patients visiting an OMS receive highly focused care from an attentive professional. If you have questions about implant dentistry, call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates today to reserve a consultation.