How Long Is Recovery Process For Implants
Spring Hill, FL
The time it takes to recover from a dental implantation surgery can take upwards of six months. It is important to remember that implantation surgery is a multiple-phase procedure that takes time and requires healing between phases. This mid-procedure recovery phase takes the most time.
At O'Sullivan, DeLuca & Ressel Dental Care, our dentists Our doctors and our doctors take great care to make sure your dental implantation surgery is done correctly, comfortably, and as painlessly as it can be. They also provide all of the aftercare instructions you need so that you can recover as quickly as possible.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are artificial teeth made of titanium posts (artificial roots) with crowns fitted on top. These implants replace damaged or missing teeth and are permanently fixed into the jawbone. Therefore patients cannot remove them. While single-tooth implants are the most common, multiple-tooth implants are also done. In cases where multiple adjacent teeth need to be replaced, a single crown piece may be fixed over them. However, each missing tooth will have its titanium post.
Healing Periods During a Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is a multiple-step, three-phase process that becomes lengthy because time has to be given for healing to take place before the next phase can start. The first phase involves removing the damaged or decayed tooth, which can take two to three sessions if the damage is extensive. The same is true if multiple teeth need to be replaced. Our dentists will recommend rest days in between sessions so the area can heal.
The next phase, which involves inserting the titanium post, is relatively shorter. A slit is made in the gums, and the post is screwed in. However, if a bone graft is needed, it can take longer. Once this phase has been completed, the patient is sent home to heal for four to six months so the jawbone can grow around the post, fusing the two permanently.
For most patients, the beginning of this phase is uncomfortable but generally not painful, as antibiotics and painkillers are also prescribed to prevent infection and manage pain. By the third week, most patients do not feel any more discomfort but must maintain their oral hygiene to prevent infection. When patients return for their crowns, they have completely healed from the dental implant surgery. The final phase involves taking an impression of the area, crafting the crown, and cementing is done within a week.
Factors That Slow Implant Recovery
Several factors can slow down implantation recovery. This includes poor oral hygiene, chewing hard or sticky foods, facial injuries, and infection. A patient must take care of the implantation site and keep the area clean, which is the best way to prevent delays in recovery.
Make Your Appointment Today
If you are interested in having a dental implant procedure done or need more information, call us at (352) 666-9898 to make your appointment to talk to one of our dentists. Here at O'Sullivan, DeLuca & Ressel Dental Care, your dental health is our number one priority.