In this post, we discuss the recovery time for dental implant surgery, factors that can affect the recovery, and what you can expect.
For many patients, dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth that have been lost from tooth decay, gum disease, or other issues. They are the ideal situation for the right candidates while others may be better suited for crowns, dentures or bridgework may be appropriate.
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Missing teeth replaced with dental implants will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. With proper care can last a lifetime.
You may have heard that dental implant procedures are a process which will take more than a single visit. There will also be some recovery time from dental implants.
In this post, we discuss how long it takes to recover from the dental implant procedure.
Dental Implant Recovery Process
Recovery can vary between patients depending on the scope of the procedure and many factors such as the health of your teeth, gums, whether a bone graft is necessary and what type of implants are required.
Most patients return to work or normal routines the following day after the dental implant procedure.
For the majority of patients, over the counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen are all that is needed to manage any pain.
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It is important to know, however, that the entire healing process can take several months, sometimes as long as six months or more for full healing.
Dental Implant Procedure and Recovery
The dental implant surgery will extract your old tooth (if necessary), then replace it with a titanium post placed directly into your jawbone. When the post is secure and settled, a crown or overdenture will be placed on top of it.
You’ll have a temporary crown in place while the healing process takes place.
When the implant post has been installed, the recovery can begin. Your body will need to generate enough new bone to fully support the implant – called osseointegration.
You will need to follow your dentist’s instructions at this time as far as eating and care for your teeth. This will be especially important in the first week after the implant procedure to ensure normal healing.
You will have scheduled follow up appointments after your surgery to check on the recovery and to decide when to have the permanent crown installed.
The full recovery time from surgery will take anywhere from 3-6 months depending on your situation and healing.
The implant surgery, recovery and follow up appointments and procedures are a process that will take several months to complete, from as few as three to as many as ten. On average this process can be expected to take six months.
Dr. Wilhite and his staff would be happy to go into greater detail with you to answer your questions.
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