Receiving dental implants is an exciting procedure sure to give your smile that beautiful touch it deserves! In fact, dental implants are one of the greatest methods of replacing a lost tooth.
However, recovery time in general worries patients before they even opt for dental implants. There’s no need to worry, though – the recovery process isn’t so bad, as you’ll soon see!
How long does recovery from dental implant surgery take?
First off, everyone is different. Some heal quickly while others heal quite slowly. Age may be one of many determining factors of how quickly you heal.
In addition to this, your recovery time will also be dependent on how well you follow post-surgery guidelines, how many dental implants you had placed, your overall health, and what type of dental implant(s) you had put in.
However, to give you a timeline, most recover from dental implant surgery for a couple of months at the most.
How can I promote a quicker and better healing process for my dental implant?
There’s quite a bit you can do to ensure a faster recovery. First off, get plenty of rest. Rest helps ensure your body heals itself and can essentially recharge.
Besides getting plenty of sleep, it’s vital that you’re less active and don’t participate in vigorous activities such as sports for the first 24-48 hours or so to not place so much stress on your overall body and to ensure better healing for your dental implant.
- Don’t smoke during the healing process unless you don’t mind a longer healing time. The act of smoking alone can make the healing process longer or even cause damage to the healing dental implant.
- Be sure to continue brushing your teeth twice a day; however, do be careful around the area of the dental implant.
- Don’t drink through a straw for the first few days after surgery. Doing so can cause a dry socket and heavier bleeding and pain. Only drink directly from a cup.
- Rinse with saltwater a few times each day or so to promote a cleaner and less bacteria-filled mouth to decrease the recovery time.
- Avoid very hot (in temperature) foods. Otherwise, these can irritate the healing implant.
- Keep to a healthy diet, but be careful with what you consume until two or three weeks. Solid foods, especially for the first few days are not advised. Liquid-based foods or meal replacements or very soft foods are important to eat. Foods such as oatmeal, cream of wheat, applesauce, mashed potatoes, sugarless fruit or vegetable smoothies or juices, and soups are ideal. Pureed foods are great options too in addition to anything that doesn’t really require chewing. Avoid foods that will easily be lodged around your new implant such as gooey peanut butter, chips, popcorn, and the like. After the first few days or so, you may decide to start eating slightly more solid but still very soft foods such as soft breads, macaroni and cheese, and tender meats such as fish. Several weeks later, you may opt for harder foods, still being careful with the area of the healing implant, especially if it is still painful or irritated.