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Recovery Time for Dental Implants


Elder woman sitting and smiling waiting to get her dental implants placed by her Carrollton periodontists at ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center.When you are faced with tooth loss, replacement is essential. At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we provide dental implants to meet your tooth loss needs. While a modern alternative to traditional bridges and dentures, dental implants have quickly become the most popular solution. They provide several incredible benefits, including a more natural appearance, greater comfort, and ease of care. Implants also stop and prevent bone loss in your jaw, a benefit no other treatment can provide. However, to get dental implants, a surgical procedure is required, which also means there is a recovery process involved.

How Long is Recovery?


The recovery process from dental implant surgery, on average, ranges from 2 months to 6 months, but it can vary widely from patient to patient. There are some different factors that affect how long it takes you to recover following surgery. One of the biggest contributing factors is the number of implant posts that are placed in your jaw. Generally, the more posts, the longer the recovery. This is because more surgery is required. Also, if you need to undergo a bone graft before the placement of your dental implants, this can also play a significant factor in the length of your recovery. A bone graft is recommended for those who have insufficient bone mass in their jaw. The graft is performed to restore bone mass, which makes the jaw strong enough to support implants. This is an additional surgery that has its recovery period.

The Fusion of Bone to the Implant Posts


During the healing phase of dental implants, your jawbone fuses to the titanium posts in a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw so that they are strong, stable, and immovable, and can hold your dental restorations securely in place. This process is not an instant process. It is a gradual process, occurring over time as you heal. It generally takes about six months for the bone to fully fuse with the posts. Regular follow up visits during your recovery are scheduled so that we can monitor the progression of your healing and ensure that there are no complications. Once you have fully healed, if you have not received your final restorations during the implant surgery, the process for creating your final restorations begins.

Factors that Can Affect Your Recovery


Before you leave the day of your surgery, you are provided with specific aftercare instructions that help you to deal with common issues such as pain and swelling. They also provide you with tips on what to eat, what to avoid, and how to take care of your mouth. Following these instructions is crucial to ensuring that you heal properly. There are a few different factors that can impact your ability to heal. These include:
•  Using tobacco products. Cigarettes and other tobacco products contain harmful chemicals that slow the ability of your body to heal. This can increase your risk of infections.
•  Excessive alcohol consumption. Drinking alcohol can prevent blood coagulation.
•  What you eat. During the early stages of recovery, you are recommended to stick to soft, even liquid, foods, avoiding foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy. Soft foods are easier to chew and help to avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort. It is also recommended that you eat a well-balanced diet and do not skip meals, as the vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat are essential for ensuring proper healing.
•  Ignoring oral hygiene. Following oral care instructions during your recovery is essential for eliminating harmful bacteria that could otherwise cause serious infections.

A successful recovery from implant surgery leaves you with strong, stable posts that provide incredibly secure support for your new teeth. If you have any questions or concerns about the process of getting dental implants or the recovery after, call ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center at Carrollton: (972) 662-8660 or Flower Mound: (469) 444-1515 or Denton: (940) 566-7021 today to learn more.
Carrollton
2440 N. Josey Lane, Suite 202
Carrollton, TX 75006


ph: (972) 662-8660
fax: (972) 242-0925

Flower Mound
651 Cross Timbers Road, Suite 102
Flower Mound, TX 75028


ph: (469) 444-1515
fax: (972) 434-2043

Denton
1601 N. Elm, Suite B,
Denton, TX 76201


ph: (940) 566-7021
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