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Dental Implant Recovery: How Long Does It Take?


Dental implants are a great solution to replace missing teeth. Read on to learn how long dental implant recovery should take and how to help.


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Dental Implant Recovery


Is your smile fading because you’re missing a few teeth? Do you feel like you’d be more self-confident if you could just fill in the gaps?

If you’re missing a tooth, you’re in good company. More than 100 million adults are missing at least one tooth. You may not be able to wear dentures, so what are the other options?

Dental implants can be a great option to restore your smile. We’ll give you an in-depth look at dental implant recovery, and help you get started with finding a qualified dentist in your local area.   Call us today at 301-424-2030.


What Are Dental Implants?


Dental implants consist of an artificial tooth and a metal rod. The rod is implanted in your jawbone and actually fuses with it over time. This prevents your implants from moving or coming out.

Before you get this surgery done, you’ll need to get x-rays of your teeth and have an assessment of your gum health. It’s a standard procedure, but you have to make sure your dentist is qualified as an oral surgeon, like Dr. Norkiewicz.What's a dental implant

One advantage of dental implants is that they won’t slide around like dentures. It can also be difficult to talk while wearing dentures, a problem that you won’t have with implants.

Eating will be easier with dental implants. Dentures can make it almost impossible to eat, where dental implants act just like your real teeth.

You’ll also feel more self-confident and your smile will look great. If you get the implants done properly, they will last for the rest of your life.  Call us today at 301-424-2030.



Who Is a Good Candidate for Tooth Implants?

We believe that anyone could be a good candidate for dental implants. You might be surprised to find that a single metal post can be placed in under 30 minutes with just local anesthesia.  There is no need to have this procedure done under sedation unless you having a full mouth of implants done at one time.

Of course, you can have more than one tooth replaced. Dental implants are a good choice for people who want to strengthen their jaws, improve their oral health, and have a natural-looking smile.

The way that it works is that the metal posts are implanted first, then allowed to bond with your jaw. It could be a few weeks or longer until the permanent teeth are added, but we can make a temporary tooth that looks good.

If you are a smoker or if you have diabetes, your recovery time for dental implants could be a bit longer.

In general, you’ll be off solid foods for a few days after your implant. You should focus on eating soft foods like banana, avocado, and even baby foods.  Also continue regular oral hygiene like brushing.

You can do applesauce, yogurt, and soft tofu in the first two days. After that, you can go to oatmeal, eggs, and pancakes.

If you’re wondering whether you’re a good candidate for oral surgery and dental implants, talk to your dentist. They’ll be able to assess the state of your oral health and make recommendations.  Call us today at 301-424-2030.


Recovery Time for Dental Implants


Dental implant recovery time will vary, but you should plan on taking a day or two off of work after you get the procedure done. Most people go back the next day: it’s up to you.  Dental implant surgery is a minor surgical procedure and you are usually back to normal in 24 hours.  The healing process is quick.

You may have some pain at the implantation site, days after surgery, and you’ll need to rest up while you’re eating soft foods.  You can also rinse gently with salt water.

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After the first few days, you might have some pain while the dental implant sets. Just try to avoid brushing the implant for the first week or so, and take it easy with hot drinks like coffee and tea.  After that you can brush your teeth normally.


You can improve your tooth implant recovery time by sleeping at least eight hours at night. You can take over-the-counter remedies like aspirin and Tylenol for any pain, and you should avoid touching the implant site with your hands.

You will probably be prescribed a round of antibiotics, which you should take for the full course to prevent infection. If you need to take pain medication, make sure you’re taking it as prescribed.

Again, it could take two to eight weeks for your implant site to be ready and fully healed. If you have any questions about your dental implants healing, talk to your oral surgeon.  The dental implant recovery timeline is relatively short in the grand scheme of life.  Teeth are usually ready for chewing in 3 short months.

However if bone grafting was needed then the healing time could be a bit longer but your dentist will let you know.  The success rate of implants is over 95% especially with bone grafting.  They just need a chance to heal properly.


Having Problems with Your Implants?


Some signs that an implant isn’t “taking” are numbness, continuing nerve pain, and intense pain that doesn’t go away. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your dentist immediately.  Dental implant recovery pain isn’t normal so if you feel pain more than normal contact us.

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Another sign that you’ve got a bit of a problem is if you have a lot of pain around your stitches. You might feel some slight discomfort, but if the stitches are bothering you every time you eat, it’s time to call your dental office.

In general, watch for signs of infection and sinus troubles. If you have a dental implant on your upper jaw, there is a small chance that it could poke into your sinus cavity.

Overall, dental implants are durable and convenient. There is less than a 5% rejection rate over thousands of implants done each year. Taking the time to learn more about dental implants could be key to fixing a broken smile.

Call us today at 301-424-2030.


How to Find a Good Implant Dentist


When you’re looking for a good implant dentist, there are some certifications you should look for. Your dentist or oral surgeon should be certified to perform implants by the ADA and should have at least five years of hands-on experience.

You may be feeling overwhelmed by the recovery time for dental implants, but it’s worth taking the time to invest in your smile. Talk to your dentist about your options for implants, and ask them what they recommend for dental implants healing.

Overall, a good implant dentist is one that you trust. You want to find a dentist who has a degree from an accredited institution, and one who’s completed continuing education in the implant specialty.

If you have friends or family who have gone through the dental implant recovery process, you can ask them who they recommend. You can also ask your dentist who they recommend if they don’t do implants in their office.

We offer comprehensive dental care and we do implants throughout the year. You can send us an email and we’ll get back to you right away. We can also help you fix a dental emergency.

Looking forward to meeting with you!  Feel Free to call us today at 301-424-2030.



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