How Do Dental Implants Affect Me and How Long Do They Take to Recover From?
One of the most common questions that we are asked here at Garth B. Riopelle is how long will it take me to recover from dental implant surgery? Dr. Riopelle wants you to know that there is no definitive answer, but there is some guidance on what you can expect. You must understand the entire dental implant process and recovery time to know if it is the right treatment option for you. Some individuals may think that they can receive the entire implant, abutment, and crown immediately, but they may not be a candidate for it, so it is imperative that you speak with us in our San Ramon office before you set your heart on the procedure.
With the above said, dental implant recovery times are different for every single patient. There are many different factors to consider when thinking about recovery times. Since there is no set time on recovery times, the amount of time it takes depends on how many of your teeth have been affected, your overall health, and how long it takes your body to heal.
Dr. Riopelle treats almost all of his patients with a local anesthetic when they come in for dental implants. Some patients do require more extensive work, and, in these cases, Dr. Riopelle will use a combination of oral and IV sedation. Do know this is not required for all patients though.
The placement of dental implants is considered routine and those patients who do not need any type of grafting procedures or minimal grafting will experience minimal to no discomfort and swelling once the procedure is over. Patients should not have any problems continuing their life and moving on with their life as they need to. Dr. Riopelle wants you to know that you will need to modify what you eat for the next couple of days to weeks. A soft diet is in order and should be followed. You do not want to indulge on chewy or crunchy foods and you should take special care when brushing your implants as well.
As with anything, there are always going to be side effects, no matter what. You may or may not experience them, but we would not be able to tell you that you will never experience them. Some of the most common reported side effects are swelling in the mouth and mild discomfort once the procedure is over. You may also have some minor bruising once the procedure is completed.
All of these symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter medications or medications that are prescribed to you by Dr. Riopelle. After about a week, you can return to consumption of a traditional diet. Please keep in mind that some patients may need to be on a special diet for up to 6 weeks, but this will be discussed with you if needed.
If you need to have any type of grafting procedure or sinus lift performed, you will likely experience pronounced swelling of the mouth. Dr. Riopelle will provide you with aftercare instructions to follow.
What Can Cause a Delay in Heal Time?
There are some factors that may decrease the heal time of your dental implants after surgery. The amount of time it will take depends on your lifestyle changes and your body’s tolerances. For example, it would take a smoker a lot longer to heal than someone who did not smoke and was in good health. You should minimize your smoking during the heal time process or eliminate it completely.
The healing process for your dental implants can be delayed or impaired for a number of different reasons including:
- Poor diet
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Lack of dental care
Dr. Riopelle says that it is important for you to take care of your mouth and continue to brush and perform proper oral hygiene while you recover, as this will ensure that your dental implants heal, and you do not develop gum disease, which can cause the implants to fail.
How Long Will It Be Until the Dental Implants Take in My Mouth?
Once your mouth starts to heal, the dental implants will naturally integrate with your bone and become anchored in place. Often times, you can receive a fixed bridge or crown immediately, but this is often done several weeks AFTER the implants are fully healed.
You will need to have regular checkups performed to check on the progress of the implant and bone bond. Dr. Riopelle will not rush the healing times, as this is a crucial step in the process. If you would like to learn more about dental implants or the heal time, contact our San Ramon office now to schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Riopelle.