There are several different types of dental implants, including single-tooth implants, implant-retained dentures, and all-on-4 dental implants. While the exact recovery time can vary depending on which type of implants you get, the length of the surgery, and your overall oral health.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are implanted into your jaw in two steps: through a plate that is implanted into the jaw and which becomes fused with the jaw and then the false tooth or crown that is attached to it, fixing gaps in the teeth and blending in with your natural teeth.
Single-tooth implants replace single teeth as needed, while implant-retained dentures are dentures that are secured into the mouth via dental implants. All-on-4 implants utilize 4 implants to secure an entire set of permanent dentures.
The dental implant process is quite lengthy, taking multiple appointments over months. While it can feel laborious, the results are worth it. Most dental implants last for over 30 years, so they’re a worthy investment.
Throughout the surgery process, it takes an average of 4 weeks of healing and 6-9 months for osseointegration to be complete. Smoking lengthens this estimate because it reduces your ability to heal fast.
Once you have completed the procedure, your recovery time will be affected by several factors:
You can expect to feel some soreness, pain, and mild bleeding, especially within the first 24 hours. If you only had 1 or 2 implants done, you could fully recover in just a couple of days. After 7-10 days, you should be able to return to eating normally.
After your dental implant surgery is completed, you will be advised to avoid smoking, eating certain foods, and take extra care when brushing your teeth. In the first 24 hours, it is recommended that you rinse the mouth with a warm saltwater solution to kill bacteria. After the first 24 hours, you can brush your teeth, but do so very gently and do not use mouthwash.
If you are experiencing swelling or bruising in the face, try applying ice to your jaw in 30-minute intervals and then take it off for 20 minutes. Keep repeating this in the first 2 hours until the swelling goes down.
Until you get the go-ahead to return to eating normally, you’ll want to stick to soft foods that aren't too hot, such as applesauce, mashed potatoes, or ice cream. Stay away from hot, spicy, and crunchy foods.
While the dental implant procedure is long and the healing process can be a little rough, the results are well worth it and long-lasting. If you’re interested in using dental implants to improve your smile, contact us at All Day Smile for a consultation. Dr. Hang Pham can let you know if dental implants are right for you.