Unique Advantages of a Healthy Recovery
Missing teeth can have an obvious effect on the aesthetics of your smile. However, many patients are unaware that a lost tooth can also negatively impact their overall oral health. After tooth loss has occurred, the jaw no longer receives stimulation, and the bone and surrounding tissues will eventually begin to deteriorate as a result. Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that can stop this bone atrophy. The implanted posts provide stimulation to the jaw, which helps to maintain strength and bone density. If doctors believe your jawbone is not strong enough for surgery, we can perform a bone graft procedure to create a sufficient base for the implant.
How Our Techniques Can Expedite Your Recovery
At Astoria Dental Group, our dentists use extremely precise techniques to enhance your healing. Our state-of-the-art technology includes:
- Mini dental implants: These implant posts have a smaller diameter. Therefore, they impact less of your jawbone and involve a shorter recovery time.
- SimPlant™: The SimPlant system uses a CT scan to create a three-dimensional map of your skull. Then your dentist can precisely position the implants for a shorter recovery and minimal discomfort.
- BOTOX® Therapeutic: BOTOX can alleviate pressure on your implant posts so that your gums will heal faster and you will have a reduced risk for implant failure.
Reducing Side Effects with At-Home Care
Dental implants are renowned for their low risks and high success rate. However, the procedure does involve some temporary side effects. These short-term effects include:
- Gum irritation and sensitivity
- Speech difficulties
Discomfort should subside within the first 24 to 48 hours. You can speed your healing with mild pain medication and moist heat. To soothe your gums and stop any bleeding, it may help to bite on a wet tea bag or piece of gauze. You should eat a soft diet for the first several days and avoid strenuous physical activity. Speech difficulties will resolve quickly as you adjust to the feel of the implants in your mouth. In fact, like most patients, you may speak more clearly with your implants than you did when you had missing teeth.
Monitoring Recovery at Follow-up Appointments