How Soon Does Dental Implants Heal? – Roya Arbab, D.D.S
Implants are convenient permanent restorations for missing teeth. These new teeth require surgery, and a healing period is needed before the restoration can be placed. This article will go over what patients should expect during this period. You can also check out some reasons to get teeth implants to find out if they are right for you.
How Soon Do Dental Implants Heal?
The typical procedure involves several steps and may require not just a single healing phase. Depending on the number of replaced teeth, the patient’s health, and other important aspects, the recovery time can be different. Understanding the processes that happen between the procedure and recovery period will help you appreciate the importance of having a dental implant.
- Bone grafting is recommended for patients with inadequate bone where the artificial root will be rooted. This requires four to six months wait time before the next procedure can be finished.
- Tooth extraction is necessary for patients who do not need bone grafting. The gums must repair themselves first before starting the next procedure. Today, implants are done after extracting the teeth that require a twofold recovery period. After the extractions, Dr. Arbab will attach a healing cap onto the it and then will stitch your gum tissue. The recovery time depends on the patient’s health, which is normally a week.
- Second Operation. After four to six months, the patient will undergo a second operation. The bone and the metal have already merged within that period. The gum is stitched leaving the cap seen or exposed. The gum conforms to the shape of the cap as it heals around it.
- When you gum has fully recovered and the osseointegration process is completed, your dentist at Roya Arbab DDS in South Bay will remove the cap after your recovery period. An abutment will be attached to the artificial tooth or denture can be placed.
The Osseointegration Process
The osseointegration process allows the bone cells to grow into the surface of your implant, after being infused into the bone. Creating a strong bond where the artificial root merges with the bone, osseointegration provides durability and support to your new teeth. It is a slow process that takes about two to six months for the bond to complete.
Post Dental Implant Surgery Care
Post dental implant surgery care is important, as this will speed up recovery. You have to bear with the discomfort that takes about 24 to 48 hours to disappear. Here are some tips on what to do after the operation.
- Take pain medication and apply moist heat on the area to minimize recovery time.
- East soft foods for the first three to five days, or even a week.
- Do not do any exhausting physical activity.
- Brush gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid hurting the sutures.
- Use a special type of mouthwash to kill bacteria. Ask your dentist what type of mouthwash to use.
- Rinse your mouth with saline water several times every day.
- Practice proper hygiene the same way you do to your natural teeth once your gums have recovered. Brush twice a day as a minimum. Floss at least once a day to remove plaque from the hard to reach areas.
- Use special types of toothbrush and floss to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your new restorations.
- Visit your dentist at South Bay for routine cleanings and exams.
You can now smile confidently to anyone once the above steps were completed successfully. According to, proper oral care will make your implants to last throughout your lifetime.
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