Anyone looking into dental implant surgery is bound to wonder how long the recovery process will take, and how the surgery will affect them. We are here to help you plan for your recovery, and to teach you how to aid the healing process.
There is no set recovery time that will apply to all dental implant patients, as every surgery is impacted by individual differences. Recovery time can be affected by the following:
- How many teeth you have implanted—are you receiving a single dental implant, multiple teeth or a whole jaw set of teeth?
- Whether your surgery requires bone or soft tissue grafting.
- Whether you have healthy bone for your implants to bond to.
- Individual healing time and differences.
If your surgery replaces just a single tooth, if you have healthy bone, and grafting is not required, you are likely to experience minimal discomfort. In fact, other than some minor bruising and swelling, you should have an easy recovery. The best thing to do after a simple procedure is to rest, eat only soft food for a few days, and gently brush your teeth.
The majority of patients will experience some bruising, swelling and discomfort after their dental implant surgery. Luckily, medication is available to help with pain, and the healing process should be well on its way after about 7 days. 7-10 days in, you might consider moving back towards your normal diet.
Some patients may find that recovery takes longer. For patients that experience difficult surgery, eating only soft food for 6 weeks after surgery is sometimes recommended.
How can I help the Healing Process?
There are numerous ways to help the healing process and give your body the best possible chance of a quick recovery. Here are a few guidelines to help aid your recovery.
- Stop smoking or minimize smoking for at least a week post-surgery.
- Do not drink alcohol.
- Eat healthy, nutritious, soft food. Blending food can allow you to continue eating healthy fruits and vegetables.
- Regularly brush your teeth and implants.
- Avoid hot foods or drinks.
- Do not drink with a straw until your mouth has healed.
- Movement—bending and quickly standing can increase bleeding and cause discomfort. Spend the first day of your recovery resting, in bed, or sitting still.
- Give yourself at least 4 days to recover before exercising.
Ask Your Doctor
Your dental implants doctors will have their own insight into how much recovery time you might need. With knowledge of your medical background and the specifics of your procedure, your doctor is likely to give you a more accurate prediction as to when you’ll be back on your feet. At EON Clinics, we encourage you to discuss your procedure with your doctor and are happy to answer any questions. Simply get in touch with our team to find out more about whether dental implants are right for you, or to discuss the recovery process in more detail.