Understanding the Dental Implant Recovery Process

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A dental implant surgeon can replace missing or irreparably damaged teeth using advanced techniques and durable materials. At Restoration Dental, we want to help you better understand your options. When you know what to expect during the recovery process, you can better prepare for healing and getting used to your new implants.

Recovery Time After Implant Surgery

For every person, recovery from surgery can look a little different. The overall condition of your health plus your dental health impact healing times and outcomes. Your recovery can also be impacted by a few unique factors:

  • The number of implants you’ve received
  • Whether bone grafting was needed during the procedure
  • The amount of healthy existing bone in your jaw

Will I Experience Pain After Surgery?

Swelling and mild discomfort are common after the procedure is complete. Usually, you can resume most normal activities around 24 to 48 hours after implant surgery. Keep in mind that the amount of pain you experience depends on your individual tolerance as well as the type and degree of surgery performed.

Mild procedures usually involve a single tooth with healthy existing bone tissue present in your jaw. In those cases, you’ll encounter bruising and swelling but undergo a simple and straightforward recovery. For moderate procedures, a few teeth may be replaced. Besides bruising and swelling, you may feel minor pain and discomfort. Your dental implants dentist can prescribe pain medication to help. You can probably resume a normal diet after seven to 10 days, but be sure to avoid foods that are hard or tough to chew.

Difficult procedures may require longer healing times and involve more pain. Usually, this happens when replacing multiple teeth and grafting bone. You’ll be prescribed pain medication to help during recovery. Be sure to follow our surgeon’s instructions to promote effective healing.

Your Post-Surgery Diet

Immediately after implant surgery, you should stick to eating soft foods. That means you’ll need to limit yourself to anything that you can easily cut with the side of your fork. After a mild or moderate procedure, you can usually resume your normal diet within one week to a month. For difficult procedures, may need to consume only soft foods for about six weeks. Consider options like smoothies, protein shakes and puréed foods.

Tips To Help Your Healing

While Restoration Dental’s care team can help get your recovery off to a good start, you must practice good hygiene and post-surgery care. Pay attention to these tips during the healing process:

  • Do not smoke for at least a week after surgery.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Be sure to eat nutritious soft food. Fruits and vegetables can be puréed or blended into smoothies.
  • Brush your teeth and implants regularly but take care not to brush too hard.
  • Steer clear of hot foods and drinks.
  • Avoid drinking through straws until your mouth has healed.

Sudden movements such as bending or standing too quickly may result in discomfort and additional bleeding. During the first day of your recovery, be sure to rest either in bed or by sitting still. We recommend waiting at least four days before you resume your exercise routines.

Proper Care Ensures Dental Implant Success

Dental implants have a success rate of around 95 percent. Proper post-surgery care is a key factor in helping your implants last. It’s also important to follow a regular oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us right away.

Let Us Help Restore Your Smile

Restoration Dental delivers comprehensive high-quality preventative and restorative dental care in a warm and friendly environment. To learn more about dental implants Huntington Woods, contact us through our convenient online form or feel free to call our offices at (313) 992-8112.


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