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How Long Is The Recovery Process For Implants
Dallas, TX

Smiling patient leanibg back in dental chairA dental implant is an artificial tooth inserted into the jawbone and topped with a crown. If the crown is made of ceramic or porcelain, the final implant is often indistinguishable from other teeth. A dental implantation surgery plus recovery can take six to eight months. Factors including the number of teeth to be replaced and the extent of the damage make a difference. It increases the time it takes to do the surgery and the healing time required.

At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates our dentists Dr. Wallace and Dr. McKnight know how extensive these types of procedures can be, which is why they always do a thorough dental exam to ensure you know what to expect and plan accordingly.

Dental Implants vs. Bridges

Dental implants are permanent artificial teeth inserted through dental surgery that makes a slit in the gums and screws the titanium post into the jaw. This is an invasive procedure and one that is more expensive than a bridge. Recovery can take upwards of six months. However, with proper care, they last over 30 years without any change in appearance and prevent the effects of tooth loss, such as jaw deterioration. Dental bridges are artificial teeth that fill the gap left by missing teeth. They can be fitted without dental surgery and cost less than dental implants. However, they need to be replaced after seven to 10 years, lose their natural appearance over time, and can damage the healthy teeth next to them, causing cavities.

When deciding between a dental implant and a bridge, several factors must be considered. One of the most important considerations is the patient's jawbone health and overall medical status. Dental implants require surgery; therefore, they may not be suitable for people with health conditions such as diabetes or who regularly take medications such as blood thinners or anticoagulants.

Other factors include the cost, the number of teeth missing, and the amount of time a patient is willing to give. Implants and bridges are not the only options for replacing missing teeth. Partial dentures and space maintainers may also be recommended.

Factors That Affect Dental Implant Recovery

A common dental implant FAQ that patients have is, “Why is my dental implant taking so long to heal?” Many factors can slow implant recovery. One of the most significant factors is the number of teeth that must be replaced and the extent of the damage or decay in that area. There are other factors as well.
•  Low jawbone density
•  Underlying medical conditions
•  A history of smoking or drinking alcohol
•  Unhealthy gums
•  Poor oral hygiene
•  Unhealthy diet

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Here at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates we understand that a dental implant can be an expensive and time-consuming process. That is why we believe having an in-depth consultation with our dentists is essential. They will answer all your questions, present options, and recommend the best option for you. Call us at 214-363-9946 to schedule your consultation.

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