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Dental Implant Recovery — How Much Time Will It Take?

Dental implant surgery is one of the finest cosmetic procedures for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants are made up of a titanium-based post, an abutment and a crown. The titanium post acts as the root of the tooth, while the abutment connects the post and the crown. Dental implants function and look just like natural teeth; they neither discolour nor decay, lasting you a lifetime if you provide them regular care, just like your natural teeth.

The idea of having dental implants might sound intimidating, but if you choose to have them done by a licensed dental surgeon, then there is nothing to worry about. Your dentist will guide you through the whole process and determine the suitability of the procedure while considering your dental requirements. Implant surgery is not a difficult procedure; however, it matters a lot how you manage post-surgical care. It is important to remember that the recovery period is as crucial as the surgery itself. It plays a major role in determining the success or failure of the dental implant procedure. Before you understand the recovery phase, you need to be well informed of what to expect when you decide to restore your missing teeth.


Types of Dental Implants



The endosteal implant is the most commonly used type of dental implant. This implant is made up of titanium and placed inside your jawbone through drilling. 



The subperiosteal implant is also built with titanium and placed on or above your jawbone. This type of implant is preferred when the bone is weak and not suitable for insertion of the implant. A bone augmentation process is offered if you do not prefer a subperiosteal implant. 


5 reasons why you should prefer dental implants

  • A dental implant looks and feels just like natural teeth. You can eat, talk, smile and move in public comfortably, just like you would with your natural teeth. It is not high-maintenance and does not need special care beyond the basics of oral hygiene.recovery timeline implant dental surgery sydney
  • A dental implant is a one-time permanent solution for missing teeth. It is reliable and long-lasting.
  • It supports the facial structure and prevents bone loss after losing teeth.
  • Unlike traditional tooth replacement options, a dental implant does not need any support from your adjacent teeth.
  • It is easier to adjust with dental implants as compared to dentures. Dentures may cause nausea and increase the production of saliva.


What to expect during a dental implant procedure?

The timeline for the dental implant procedure, from the initial consultation to the day of receiving the implants vary for each individual, depending upon the specific needs. If you require bone grafting and sinus lift before the dental implant, then the process may be stretched by several weeks.


Consultation and Diagnosis

Your dentist will begin with a detailed check-up of your general and oral health. You must share your medical history with your dentist and discuss prescription medicines if you are taking any. Your dentist may also request some testing such as a CT scan, x-rays or blood tests.  


Impression and Extraction

The impressions of your teeth and jaw will be taken; during this period, you can discuss with your surgeon about the treatment plan. If you have any tooth that needs to be extracted before the surgery, it will be removed by your dentist. You will be provided with a set of post-extraction instructions to follow to avoid complications such as dry sockets etc. 


Bone Grafting or sinus lift

Bone grafting is performed when there is not enough healthy bone to support and hold the implants in place. This may take months to heal before the jaw is ready for the surgical process. A sinus lift is carried out when the tooth implant needs to be inserted in the upper jaw, but the bone of your upper jaw is not strong enough to support the implant. With a weak bone, there is a risk that your implant might end up penetrating your sinuses causing serious health problems. 


Insertion of implant

Once your doctor ensures your mouth is healthy to receive implants, you will be given a date for the surgery. It will take some time for the implant to gel with the bone properly. As the surgery is done, you will transition into another phase, which is the recovery period.


Placement of Crown

There is a gap of three to six months between the insertion of your dental implant and the placement of the crown. Your dentist will ensure you are healed well before covering the implant. 



What to expect after dental implant surgery?

Make sure to arrange for someone to drive you back from the surgical facility. You may be under the effect of anaesthesia, and it could be unsafe to drive.

During the first 24 hours after the surgery, it is normal to experience some discomfort, bleeding and swelling. Post-surgical bleeding is normal and can happen for up to 3 days. You need to place a clean gauze on the site of the bleeding and press it down a little to control the blood flow. The bleeding usually lasts between 24-72 hours after the procedure.

You may experience swelling at the site of implant placement. You can use a cold compress to reduce the swelling. Gently dab an ice pack frequently on the site of the implant over the next three days. If your dentist has stitched your gums, the sutures will take three to four days to dissolve completely.


Tips for dental implant recovery


Follow the doctor’s advice

Your dentist will prescribe you painkillers, antibiotics and other supportive medications to aid during the recovery process. Make sure to complete the course of antibiotics to prevent any infection. Apply the oral gels and use antibacterial mouthwashes as per the recommendation of your dentist.


time recover implanted teeth sydneyGive your body rest

You need to give your body ample time to rest and recover. Elevate your head using soft pillows and avoid sleeping on the side of the implant.

While some people return to work the next day after the surgery, it is advised to take two days off and rest before resuming the daily routine.


Reduce swelling

You will need to ice the surgical site to control the swelling and numb the post-operative pain, which is usually minimal.


Warm saltwater rinse

Take a warm glass of water and add a teaspoon of salt to it. You can gently rinse your mouth two to three times daily to avoid any bacterial buildup.


Maintain a proper diet

You have to take soft foods during the first 2 weeks after your surgery. You should take fish, fruit smoothies, oatmeal, porridge, ice cream and flavoured yogurt. You need nutrient-rich food to heal therefore, you must not miss any meals and keep yourself hydrated.


Follow up with your dentist

After a week of your surgery, schedule an appointment with your dentist to monitor the progress of your recovery. You must not miss the follow-up checkup to make sure you are recovering well. 


What to avoid after dental implant surgery?

  • There is no need to hit the gym right after the surgery. Every strenuous activity, such as lifting heavy objects, exercising or running, is strictly prohibited, as it could lead to excessive bleeding and swelling. healing progress tooth implant sydney
  • Avoid steaming cups of soup and all kinds of hot food and beverage. They can irritate the sensitive site of the implant and may cause you to bleed. You must also restrain from consuming hard and sticky foods.
  • Do not touch the surgical area with your hand, as this may lead to the formation of an abscess pocket. To apply any gel, if prescribed, you can use a clean cotton bud for careful application.
  • Smoking is one of the most common factors leading to dental implant failure. It disrupts the healing process and increases the risks of infections. The nicotine from the tobacco can inflame the implant site. If you’re a chain smoker, it is advised to quit smoking at least 2 weeks before the surgery for a smooth recovery.
  • Do not brush vigorously for a few days after receiving the implant. You can use a soft bristle brush to gently brush your teeth.


Long-term care of dental implants only includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.

During the recovery phase after your dental surgery, if you notice any abnormal symptoms such as excessive bleeding or swelling, vomiting, extreme pain and severe headaches, then contact your dentist immediately to receive emergency dental care.

Do you have any questions about dental implants? You can book an appointment with No Gaps Dental by calling on (02) 8007 6727 and have your concerns addressed by our expertly trained dental professionals.




Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.






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