How Long Does it Take to Heal from Dental Implants?
Dental implants have been utilized for years as a way to replace missing dentition in the mouth. Unlike other restorations, implants are anchored just to the bone, and don’t require surrounding teeth to be compromised or damaged. Most implants can last for decades without showing signs of damage or wear. This allows them to become a permanent part of your smile, and a great way to improve your confidence. Implants are often used to replace just one missing tooth at a time, but multiple implants can be placed to hold a bridge, or even denture, in place.
How Long Will it Take to Heal After Implant Surgery?
In order to place your new dental implant, we’ll create an incision through the gums, and anchor the implant deep into the bone. You will experience some pain, swelling, and tenderness for the first few days following the procedure. This is your body’s normal response to trauma, so it’s to be expected, and should not cause alarm. Keep in mind that patients heal differently. One person may be pain-free and comfortable two or three days following implant surgery, while another person may still have some discomfort and swelling a week or two later. The key to helping the implant and surgical site heal correctly is to keep it clean. If you fail to keep the area clean, bacteria can infiltrate the wound and cause an infection. This can impact how your implant heals and functions. The implant itself will fuse naturally with the bone, taking anywhere from three to nine months, again depending on your individual ability to heal.
Important Post-Operative Instructions
It’s a good idea to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and drinking hot beverages for a few days following surgery. All of these habits can contribute to post-operative complications, affecting your ability to heal fully. If you’ve been provided with an oral rinse, you should use this according to the instructions, ensuring your mouth stays clean and free of bacteria while you heal. If you experience severe swelling, pain, and tenderness days, weeks, or even months after the procedure, it’s a good idea to come in for an exam. While pain and swelling are normal following surgery, it should not be severe enough to affect your daily life.
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