Dental implant surgery enjoys a very high success rate. During your consultation at our Colleyville, TX office, Dr. Chris Tye will inquire into your medical history while conducting a thorough exam of your jawbone and sinuses to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implant placement. If you do not have significant risk factors that could complicate surgery, a date will be set to place your new implant. As a patient, there are many ways that you can proactively ensure that your recovery is healthy and successful.

If you are looking for restorative oral surgery care in Colleyville, TX, schedule your consultation with Dr. Chris Tye, who serves as a Diplomate for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and locally, has consecutively been named by Fort Worth Magazine as a Top Doctor and Top Dentist. With Dr. Tye and our team, you or your loved one will be in expert and experienced hands.

Let’s dive into ways you can ensure a healthy and successful dental implant treatment.

Before Your Implant Placement

Many patients benefit from planning ahead and preparing a recovery room. This space should be stocked with important items that you will need immediately after your surgery. These items may include:

  • Medications (which can be picked up before surgery)
  • Clean linens and bedding
  • Loose and comfortable clothing
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Liquids and soft foods
  • Books and entertainment

A recovery room can help ensure that you do not have to drive or request someone to pick up items during the first day or two after surgery. A restful and stress-free recovery is one way you can ensure that your dental implants do not become infected.

Immediately After Your Initial Surgery

After the first few days following surgery, you will be able to slowly return to normal activities (with Dr. Tye’s approval, of course). During the first two weeks after surgery, it is still advisable to avoid:

  • Using a straw
  • Disturbing the surgery site
  • Brushing harshly near the surgery area
  • Drinking hot liquids
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Strenuous activities

The Weeks and Months Following Implant Placement

Full recovery from dental implant surgery can take three to six months. During this time, discomfort associated with the implant placement will subside, but the titanium plant still requires time to integrate with the surrounding jawbone tissue through a natural process called osseointegration.

Dr. Tye will provide you with guidelines on what you should and shouldn’t do during this time. In general, it is advisable to avoid activities that could result in impacts to the face. Eating a nutritious diet will ensure that your immune system is active and strong. Report any instances of unexpected pain near the implant site. After your implant has fully integrated with your jawbone, an appointment will be made to place your new dental crown.

How to Maintain Healthy Implants for Life

The placement of your dental crown does not mark the end of your role in maintaining your new prosthetic. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, but the surrounding jawbone tissue and gum are still vulnerable to disease and decay. Patients should commit to maintaining good oral hygiene habits while visiting our office twice a year for exams and cleanings.

Gum disease, infections, trauma, and tobacco use are all leading risk factors for implant failure. By following Dr. Tye’s advice carefully, you can ensure that your transformed smile lasts for a lifetime.

Contact Texas Oral Surgery Specialists

Dr. Tye has more than 25 years’ experience in placing dental implants. Now that you know how to ensure a healthy recovery from dental implant placement, let us help you determine if dental implants are right for you! A one-on-one consultation with Dr. Tye can help you understand the procedure. Contact us today to schedule your appointment; we look forward to speaking with you soon!