Archive for May, 2014

When Can I Return to Work After Dental Implant Surgery?

dental implants north AustinFollowing surgery for dental implants, the patient may need anywhere from one or two days to a week off of work, depending on the type of work they do. A physically demanding job will require more time off after dental implant surgery, whereas a patient with a more sedentary job may be up to working the day after surgery. The implant dentist will make a recommendation that may vary between patients based on individual differences in health, physical capacity, surgery procedures, and work environment.

For the average patient, three or four days of rest will suffice after dental implant surgery. Tenderness and some swelling are normal and will subside within the first few days. Many dentists recommend having the implant surgery mid-week, allowing for a day or two off from work plus the weekend to recover. It is important to avoid strenuous activity for the first few days, to reduce the risk of bleeding, and if sutures or stitches were needed for the implant procedure, they will usually dissolve or fall out during the first week.

The recovery process following dental implant surgery extends beyond simply feeling better. For several weeks, most patients are required to adhere to a soft-food diet. Taking time to ensure the diet contains sufficient calories, protein, and nutrients will improve recovery and overall health.

Patients with smoking habits are required to abstain from smoking during the healing process. Smoking after dental implant surgery can increase risk of infection or lead to dental implant failure. This risk is higher when a bone graft is involved in the surgery process.

The dental implant process takes time. Following the implant surgery, depending on the location of the dental implant, there may be a wait period averaging three to six months before a tooth or crown is permanently placed. The dentist will explain the specific details for each procedure or process as they vary with factors unique to each patient. The dental implant is a customized procedure, designed to specifically fit and support each individual patient.

Contact our experienced dental implant team today and ask about dental implant procedures and options available and tailored for you!

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Healthy Dental Habits to Follow

dentist north AustinMake every trip to the dentist a reason to smile by incorporating the daily practice of healthy habits contributing to dental and oral health. Oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing, are only one part of caring for teeth, gums, and mouths. Taking care to floss regularly improves healthy gums and reduces buildup between teeth, where sneaky cavities lurk, but there are other habits that can help improve and maintain overall dental health.

Consuming simple or processed sugars and carbohydrates, such as those in soda, candy, and white bread or pastas, helps set the stage for bacteria growth and cavities by increasing sugars in the mouth. Simple carbohydrates digest fast and they start digesting before even swallowed, breaking down into sugars while still in the mouth. It’s not necessary to cut these foods out of a diet completely, but brushing immediately after eating them can greatly improve dental health efforts.

Staying hydrated also helps because, when properly hydrated, the mouth remains moist and saliva production is fairly consistent. Saliva helps remove food that may otherwise be stuck in the mouth. It also reduces acids in the mouth, protecting teeth and enamel. Chewing on sugar-free ADA-approved chewing gum, especially after a meal if brushing is inconvenient, can greatly improve oral health by increasing saliva in the mouth and helping to remove any remaining food particles. 

Maintaining regular checkups allow the dentist to spot any problems early and give a better chance for success with preventive treatments.

Calcium is important for healthy bones and teeth and many, women especially, either consume too little calcium or begin suffering from bone loss typical of the aging process. A well-balanced diet that includes calcium-rich dairy or calcium-fortified non-dairy substitutes and juices ensures the body receives what it needs to keep teeth healthy and strong.

Maintaining regular checkups allow the dentist to spot any problems early and give a better chance for success with preventive treatments. When a problem is spotted, the dentist can treat early rather than risk tooth and gum damage.

Dentist visits are one part of the dental equation, and when combined with a healthy diet, good hydration, and diligent brushing and flossing habits, teeth and gums have the greatest chance of remaining strong and healthy for life.

Contact our dental health specialists at Balcones Family Dental today and learn more about improving and maintaining a healthy smile. Call 512-200-742 to schedule your visit.

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