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Life After Dental Implants

If you’ve scheduled dental implant surgery, you’re on your way to a life filled with eating, smiling, and laughing to your heart’s content. You’ve discovered that dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement alternative. They’re also the closest equivalent to natural teeth in appearance and function, given their endurance and permanence. 

However, when it comes to the healing process following implant placement, it’s vital to remember that implant surgery is a relatively invasive treatment that necessitates proper care to get ideal outcomes and a quick recovery. Continue reading to understand the essential information about dental implant healing and what to expect during the procedure.

What Does the Process Entail?

When it comes to implant surgery, it’s critical to take a deep breath and prepare yourself for the long haul. There are multiple steps, and you won’t want to rush any of them for the most significant results. 

The placement of the implant, which is a screw, into your jaw is the first and most challenging portion of the procedure. The implant will start to settle into the jaw almost immediately, and the surrounding bone will grow around it and join with it. However, this takes time. A permanent crown will be placed on the implant after the 3-4 month healing time; A temporary crown may be placed to get you through the waiting period, especially if the implant is at the front of your mouth. Because the screw works as a root for your new prosthetic tooth, it must be wholly integrated with the bone.  

Different Factors May Extend The Implant Process

For best success, additional procedures such as extractions, bone and gum grafts, and sinus treatments are required; however, these delay the implant process and recovery time. For example, if we use a bone graft to strengthen up your jawbone so that the new tooth has enough mass and support, it will take at least four months longer.

More implants may incur more recovery time. Patients can usually resume their normal activities within 24 to 48 hours when three or fewer implants are installed. However, one may need at least three days to rest and recover if a whole arch of implants or even many implants is installed at once. It is recommended to take enough time off to allow for complete recovery.’

It Is Normal to Experience Some Pain, Swelling, and Bruising

Expect some discomfort when you wake up after surgery and don’t be surprised if you have some bleeding. These signs and symptoms are a regular part of the healing process and can be easily managed with proper post-operative care. One may take over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol and ibuprofen to ease discomfort. Contact your dentist if conditions worsen.

Dental Implants with Dr. Pollock

Dental implants are an innovative dental method to secure your dental bridge or dentures in place. If you are ready for the dental implant process, contact our office today! We will work with you one-on-one and provide exceptional service throughout the entire length of treatment. Contact Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery to schedule a dental implant consultation. We are available by phone at (469) 264-8921 or email at info@dentalimplantsurgery.com.