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Oral surgery requires healing time depending on the type of oral surgery and severity of the issue. Some common oral surgeries at Bo Stanley, DDS in Austin, TX consist of tooth removal, wisdom teeth extractions, or dental implants. Any time you have an oral surgery procedure there are precautions patients must take in order to ensure proper healing. We want all of our surgeries to be a success, and once patients return home, we recommend patients follow our at home care instructions to ensure all goes well.

How Many Days Should I Not Smoke After Oral Surgery?

Many patients wonder how soon they can resume normal activity or common habits at home like smoking after oral surgery. Smoking is never recommended, but if the patient is a smoker we recommend they refrain from smoking at least 72 hours or 3 days after their surgery. During the patient’s healing period blood clots need to have time to form, and waiting to smoke ensures the mouth can heal. Smoking can disrupt the healing process, and makes the risk for complications higher. Complications such as dry sockets after tooth removal among other issues can occur if patients smoke.

Toxins from the cigarette can cause inflammation of the gums, additional pain, and swelling. Smoking causes delayed healing of oral tissue, and can lengthen the process all together. If you notice increased pain or swelling around the oral surgery area contact our dental office in Austin, Texas immediately. Any prolonged pain after oral surgery or swelling should always be addressed.

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What Can Help Avoid the Urge to Smoke During the Healing Period?

If patients want to avoid complications during the healing period nicotine patches can be used. Our team also recommends to avoid any nicotine gum or chewing tobacco. Nicotine reduces blood flow to the skin and disrupts the area that is healing.

Distracting yourself with a new habit may help to avoid the urge to smoke during healing. Focus on healing and your oral hygiene routine at home to help keep your mind off the urge to smoke. We recommend rinsing with saltwater a few times a day and brushing gently while the area heals.

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Contact Bo Stanley DDS in Austin, TX

If you are looking for quality oral surgery treatments in Austin, TX or have questions about the healing process and need more information, our friendly staff is here to help!

To inquire more about oral surgery and how you can make the healing process easier, contact Dr. Stanley to schedule your appointment at our oral surgery office in Austin, Texas. Our team would be happy to assist you!

Implant

Dental Veneers and Dental Implants both can give patients a beautiful white smile. Deciding what restorative or cosmetic option works best for you depends on the condition of your teeth. Our staff at Bloom Family Dental in Austin, TX provides cosmetic and restorative consultations to all our patients to take a detailed look at your mouth and determine a customized treatment plan that works for you. We listen to your goals and look at all options to give you the opportunity to choose the best one.

So, what is the difference between the two? Typically, Dental Veneers and Dental Implants are used for different reasons. This all depends on how much damage a patient has to their teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are the leading restorative solution for many patients and one of the most common procedures done today. Implants are permanent and reliable giving patients the feeling that they have natural teeth. Implants are used for patients that have lost a tooth or teeth, have suffered from periodontal disease, or an injury. Dental implants take multiple appointments across a few months to complete.

Implants last upwards of 25 years or a lifetime if taken care for properly. They provide many benefits to patients, and are comfortable in the mouth. Implants allow patients to speak, eat, and function just like they would with natural teeth.

As part of our evaluation process, Dr. Bo Stanley will determine if the patient has enough bone present in the jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to provide the additional support. During the implant procedure metal posts are placed in the jaw, and these act similar to artificial tooth roots. These posts provide the required support needed for the implants. Once the healing process is complete, an abutment or connector is secured on top of the implants. This allows the crown to be secured on top of the implant.

Crowns are custom made to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth. Temporary crowns are used while the patient waits for the permanent crown to be placed. Practicing good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office regularly will help to keep your implants looking and feeling great.

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Looking for a Quality Cosmetic Dentist in Austin, Texas?

Choosing the best option is important, and our team at Bo Stanley, DDS and our team is here to help give you all of the options available to achieve that bright white smile. We welcome all patients, and strive to always provide quality service our patients can count on.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dental Veneers or are looking to get dental implants in Austin, TX, please contact Dr. Stanley to schedule your consultation today!