What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery Recovery
Dental implants are one of the most popular solutions for missing teeth. Dental implants are surgically implanted titanium screws that act as artificial tooth roots. They connect to a metal abutment that secures the implants to dental crowns, a dental bridge, or dentures.
Dental implant treatment typically takes place over three dental appointments. The initial appointment is an oral surgery in which the implants themselves are placed. Abutments are attached to the dental implants during a second procedure. The restorations are finally placed at a third and final appointment. Although dental implant treatment is lengthy, it is well worth it for the superior support, comfort, and convenience.
Here, patients at the Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center can learn more about the typical dental implant surgery recovery following treatment at our Amarillo, TX practice.
As with any surgical procedure, dental implant surgery is likely to result in some side effects. Although the side effects of dental implant surgery tend to be minor, the severity of symptoms will be largely dependent on how many implants are placed.
If we are restoring multiple teeth or an entire arch of teeth, the patient will probably experience more obvious side effects than a patient who requires just a single dental implant.
Following are the most common side effects of dental implant surgery:
- Soreness or discomfort
- Light bleeding at the surgical site
In most cases, these side effects will clear up within just a few days. If side effects persist for longer than a week or are particularly severe, they should be reported to our dentists as soon as possible so we can ensure the jaw and gums are healing properly.
It is important to be gentle with the teeth and gums following dental implant surgery. This will ensure that the surgical site is able to heal properly and in a timely manner.
The day of dental implant surgery, patients may be asked to maintain a diet of liquids or pureed foods.
In the first couple of days after dental implant surgery, patients can progress to soft foods, as long as they are able to eat them comfortably.
Most patients are able to return to their regular diet within seven to 10 days after dental implant surgery. However, some patients are asked to stick to a soft diet for a little longer. This will depend on the specifics of each surgery and the patient’s unique needs.
When Will My Implants Be Ready for Restorations?
Although the initial phase of dental implant surgery recovery should last no more than a couple of weeks, it takes much longer for the implants to be ready to support a dental restoration. Even after the gums have healed, the tissues beneath the gum line will be healing and growing around the dental implant.
Dental implants fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This fusing is what makes dental implants such a strong and durable restoration. It is usually takes a minimum of two months and up to six months before patients are ready to proceed to the next step of dental implant treatment.
If you have questions about dental implant treatment, the recovery process, or whether you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure, contact us at your earliest convenience. The experienced dentists at the Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center are happy to provide you with more information about this beneficial tooth loss treatment.