Dental implants are perhaps one of the best tooth restoration solutions available nowadays. Because the implant mimics the root of a natural tooth, you will not only get a possible permanent fixture but a solution that will also stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss. Not to mention the fact that restored implants look and feel just like your natural teeth.
If you're in the process of getting implants right, you may have lots of questions about the healing process. And, if you've heard that it takes between six and nine months to heal after dental implant surgery, you may wonder just how complex and invasive this procedure is.
To help you get a better understanding of the dental implant healing process, here's what to expect during that period.
Let's make one thing clear from the start: yes, it can take up to six months from the implant surgery until the dentist will be able to attach the abutment and dental crown and complete the implant. But, that doesn't mean that you will be in convalescence during this entire period. The actual healing process only takes about two weeks. After that, your body will be busy integrating the implant with the bone tissue, but you won't be aware of this process.
It's normal to experience mild discomfort, swelling, soreness, or light bruising immediately after the surgery. Your dentist will prescribe pain medication to help you manage your discomfort. Rinse your mouth gently without spitting as it can damage the blood clot.
Follow a soft food diet in the next few days after the surgery and make sure to eat on the other side of the implant. Avoid any strenuous activities, such as intense physical exercises or lifting heavy boxes.
You can start introducing more filling meals, such as pasta, but try to stay away from hard or chewy foods. Pay close attention to your oral hygiene, but avoid brushing the implant site.
The implant site will be pretty much healed at the two weeks mark. This is also when you will see your Elroy dentist for a check-up and discuss any potential issues. You might still feel the area a bit tender, but that's normal and should subside soon.
You can start eating normally but make sure to chew on the other side. You can also start exercising.
If the pain, swelling, and discomfort do not subside after a few days, or they get worse, contact your dentist and schedule a visit as soon as possible.
Do you have any questions about dental implants or other dental treatments? Visit us at Wojtowicz Dental and we can help you understand what the dental implant process entails and determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment.
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