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How Long is the Recovery Process for Implants?

Image of a person recovering after a dental implant procedure, at Smiles of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK. Dental implants require patience since it takes time to recover after surgery of any kind. Additionally, it may take months to complete the process since your bones require time to heal. Your incision might heal in as little as two weeks, depending on how many implants you have.

While there are many benefits of dental implants, special care needs to be taken during the recovery process after the dental implant procedure. At Smiles of Tulsa, our doctors Corbyn VanBrunt, DDS and will guide you through the process when getting dental implants, from choosing the correct dental implant materials to after-care.

Pain After Dental Implant Procedure

You should only have slight discomfort for a few weeks if only one tooth is replaced, your jawbone is healthy, and no grafting is necessary. You will most likely have minimal swelling and discomfort following the procedure if you underwent a straightforward implant insertion procedure that did not need grafting. This discomfort could last a few days. The dentist may recommend medication to ease your discomfort. After seven to 10 days, you should be able to return to your regular eating schedule.

Healing may take longer for some people than for others. People who have several implants or complex surgeries may experience more pain. The dentist will likely suggest you eat only soft foods for six weeks following the procedure.

Foods After Dental Implant Procedure

You must restrict your diet to soft foods or liquids the first day following your therapy. Doctors advise consuming smoothies, yogurt, ice cream, soups, mashed potatoes, or other soft/liquid meals right after surgery. You can next go to items that could take a little bit more chewing over the following week or two, such as boiled rice, pancakes, eggs, and noodles. You can start reintroducing rough and chewy items to your diet after a couple of weeks, such as raw vegetables and meats.

Dental Implant Aftercare

You may take actions to hasten the healing process after receiving dental implants. Osseointegration, the process by which dental implants become attached to your jawbone, requires four to six months. The first step is to refrain from placing undue strain on the surgical areas.

On the same day as your procedure, brush any temporary crowns you may have very lightly before going to bed. This lessens the risk of infection and might reduce any gum-area swelling. Use a warm water and salt rinse to clean the area around your mouth after 24 hours. Additionally, this aids in preventing infection, which can impede the healing process.

Your dentist may conduct a bone transplant if your jawbone is fragile or incapable of supporting the dental implants adequately. This process is carried out before the placement of your dental implants, and it takes the graft around three to six months to fully integrate with your jawbone. In general, recovery depends on the number of dental implant procedures and the complexity of those procedures.

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