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Adam M. Hogan, DDS • Virginia Beach
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Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Office: 757-464-3514

April 11, 2022

Recovery Time For Dental Implants

rendering of single dental implant tooth screwed into the lower jaw

Dental implants are required for a variety of causes, ranging from accidents†to gum disease. Whatever the reason for your need for an implant, the procedure for inserting them into your mouth is the same.

Dental Implant Procedure

Your old tooth is removed†during dental implant surgery, and a titanium post is placed straight into your jawbone. To preserve the post and provide the appearance of a natural tooth, a crown or overdenture is put on top of it. In general, depending on the patient's request, local anesthetic, general anesthesia, or sedation are employed. During your appointment, we will identify the best choice for you and provide you with pre-surgery advice. If your jawbones are weak, bone grafting may be required. An implant is a surgical procedure that involves inserting bone from another region of your body into your mouth. An X-ray will be done to establish whether bone grafting is required to support your implant.

Recovery and Growth

As soon as the dental implant post is inserted in your mouth, the healing period may begin. For the implant to adequately support your body, the new bone must develop. It is termed osseointegration. Despite the fact that the implant is artificial, it will eventually become a part of your mouth. Dental implant recovery time varies from patient to patient. However, it normally takes many months for the bone to develop sufficiently to support a crown or overdenture. You'll have a temporary crown in place while this operation is taking place. You'll need to keep the area clean and dry for the first several days after surgery. You will endure bleeding and swelling while your body heals from oral surgery and adjusts to the new post in your mouth. Popcorn, almonds, and grains are examples of foods that should be avoided since they can become caught in your implant region. We recommend that you avoid severe physical activity and exercise for the first several days after your implant procedure. By indulging in these activities, you may increase bleeding, swelling, and discomfort in your mouth. Following your implant surgery, you will have many appointments to assess your healing and determine when you will be ready to get a permanent crown. This should take between 3-6 months, depending on your health and physique.

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