Dental implant surgery can be an overwhelming idea, however, our staff is here to help you through it and walk you through what to expect when you’re recovering.
After getting dental implants inserted, the recovery is relatively short. It’s important to keep in mind that recovery time can vary depending on the type of surgery you had, as well as how well you take care of your body after surgery.
You are the one taking care of yourself once you leave our office, so we’d like to give you some tips and tell you what to expect to make your recovery easier.
Dental Implant Recovery
Typically, you should heal after dental implant surgery within 5-7 days. Depending on the type of work we do for your recovery time can vary. A single dental implant will ideally heal faster than multiple implants and if there is bone grafting involved, recovery can take even longer. Bone grafting is when we take bone from somewhere else in your body and transplant it to your jawbone. This is only required if your jawbone is not thick enough to secure an implant and it can take months for that healing process to be completed.
In the first 24-28 hours, you may notice lots of bleeding and discomfort. It’s important during this time to keep clean gauze in your mouth to absorb the blood and take it easy. Stay on your couch or in bed for a day or two. Be gentle getting up out of bed, and although it’s not required, a liquid or soft diet is recommended. Changing your diet to soft, healthy foods will help your mouth heal quickly and correctly. Avoid any hard foods, nuts, popcorn, overly spicy food, chips and acidic foods.
Of course, we are available if you’re having concerns and we are happy to walk with you through the healing process. If you have any questions after your surgery, please don’t hesitate to call us.