You may be required dental implants for a variety of reasons from tooth injury to tooth decay. Implant surgery involves more than a tooth extraction or simple cavity filling. Here describes how the process goes and recovery time for dental implants, as well as how to give care for the implants to avoid problems in the future.
What’s the recovery time?
The process of dental implant surgery involves the extraction of old teeth and then inserting a titanium post directly into your jawbone. Once the post is fixed and secured, a crown is positioned on top to protect it and give you the feeling of having a natural tooth.
The process is usually accomplished under anesthesia (local or general) or sedation. The surgeon will decide which option suits the best and give you instructions on how to prepare for the surgery. You may need the bone grafting in some cases i.e. if the jawbone is not strong enough to support the post. The dentist takes X-rays to determine if the bone grafting is required to support the implant.
Dental Implants: Recovery and Regrowth
Once the dental implant is fixed in the mouth, then it’s time for the recovery. The body needs time to generate new bone to support the implant, i.e., the direct structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load-bearing artificial implant (Osseointegration). Gradually over the course of time, though it is artificial, it becomes part of your mouth.
Sound cool! Isn’t it? How long will it take to happen? The dental implant procedure varies from individual to individual. But it takes few months for the bone to grow enough to support a crown. While this process happens, you will have a temporary crown in place.
Initially, for the first few days, you have to keep the area dry and clean. You may suffer from the bleeding and swelling as the body recovers from the surgery. Brush your teeth gently and avoid eating any hard foods or things that can get stuck in the implant area, like nuts, popcorn, and rice.
To have a check on the recovery, you will need several follow up visits to the dentist after the surgery. The doctor will determine when you will be ready to have the permanent crown installed. Again this will take around 3 to 6 months depending on your body condition.
Care and Maintenance for Your Implant
Proper care should be taken to ensure you do not have dental implant problems years later. You should treat your implant as you take care of other teeth. The implant does blend with your mouth and becomes part of your body, so it’s susceptible to problems just like your natural teeth.
At the same, you should bring changes to your lifestyles such as quit smoking or a diet change for a good oral hygiene. Better the care you take, better the recovery it will be.
A Smooth Implant Process with Lakewood Dental Smile.
Lakewood Dental Smile believes in having a clear-cut procedure when it comes to the complex procedures like the dental implants. We work closely to make the dental implant and recovery as quick as possible and provide you with the information that will help you care new implant and keep it healthy for years to come.