How long does dental implant recovery take?
It usually takes about two weeks to heal after your dental implant surgery at Indian Valley Dental, and it may take up to six months for the underlying bone to fully bond with the dental implant. However, most patients are able to get back to work and their day-to-day routines within a day of treatment. Have questions about healing and recovery? Learn more below, or contact your Souderton dentist now to schedule a dental implant consultation.
Did you know…
After they heal, dental implants can last 20-30 years or even longer with proper care. This makes implants the most cost-effective and long-lasting method of tooth replacement.
What to expect from dental implant recovery
Immediately after surgery
Immediately after surgery, you’ll be sent home with instructions on how to control bleeding and keep your surgical site clean. You likely won’t feel any pain or discomfort at first, but you may feel some pain after your numbing and sedation wear off.
24-72 hours after surgery
Pain usually peaks and subsides within 24-72 hours of your surgery. Make sure to keep your implant site clean, take medication to help with pain, and eat soft foods. You’ll also need to avoid smoking, using straws, or spitting forcefully for at least 72 hours.
3-7 days after surgery
During this time, you’ll usually feel less pain, and you should start to see a reduction in bruising, swelling, inflammation, and other symptoms. You can start eating slightly firmer foods during this time. Generally, you can also start brushing the implant site normally after 5-7 days.
1-2 Weeks after surgery
After a week or so, your mouth will feel much better, and you can start reintroducing more foods to your diet. Most patients are almost completely healed within two weeks, and can get back to their normal routines without any lifestyle changes. However, it can take 3-6 months for your implant to fully bond to your jaw bone. You will need to come to follow-up appointments at Indian Valley Dental Care for the next few months as Dr. Spencer Grossman checks your progress.
Caring for Dental implants
Don’t brush or rinse your mouth for 24 hours after surgery. After this, you can start brushing your teeth and rinsing the implant site with prescription mouth rinse or a salt water rinse. Make sure to avoid spitting forcefully, since this can dislodge the blood clots near your implant site.
After about five days, you can start brushing your implant site normally, but be gentle and don’t apply much pressure to the site. It may still feel a bit tender for 1-2 weeks or longer after your surgery.
You’ll need to eat soft foods after your surgery. During the first few days, go for things like soup, smoothies, ice cream, and yogurt that require minimal or no chewing. After a few days, you can start eating things like mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, and other soft foods that may require some chewing.
After a week or so, you can introduce more foods to your diet, but you should still avoid really tough, hard, and crunchy foods like chips, jerky, and apples. After about two weeks, you should be able to eat all of your favorite foods again.
Did you know…
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that closely match real teeth in terms of strength and durability.