August 8, 2022

Dental Implants Healing Process

Understanding The Dental Implant Healing Process

If you have questions about the dental implant healing process, we’re here to help. In this blog from Strahler Dental Partners, we’ll take a quick look at the healing timeline, factors that can affect healing, how you can speed up your recovery, and more. Let’s get into the details.

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The Dental Implant Healing Timeline

Let’s start with the implant healing timeline. This may vary from patient to patient. But in general, you can split the healing timeline into a few different phases.

  • 1-3 days – This is when you’ll need to be the most careful around your implants. You may experience pain, bleeding, and discomfort, which should all start to fade around three days after treatment.
  • 3-7 days – You’ll need to continue to eat soft foods, but your implant site will have started healing. You can start to brush normally, and you should no longer be bleeding, but you may feel a little tenderness near the implant site.
  • 7 days to 2 weeks – After about two weeks, your implant site will have mostly healed. It may still be slightly tender, but you can eat and brush normally. If you have non-dissolving sutures, they’ll be removed after about two weeks.
  • 3-6 months – Initial healing takes only a few weeks. But it will take between 3-6 months for your dental implant to permanently bond with your jaw bone. You’ll come to our office for a few checkups as we check your progress.

What Factors Add To My Recovery Time?

Wondering what other factors could lead to a longer recovery time? Here are a few factors that may affect your recovery.

  • Additional surgeries – If you require tooth extractions, bone grafting, sinus lifts, alveoloplasty, or other surgeries, this may lengthen the overall treatment and recovery process significantly.
  • Number of dental implants – In general, it will take longer to heal from multiple implants compared to getting a single implant.
  • Type of dental implant – Some types of implants, like “mini implants,” are smaller than others. This means they're less invasive and have faster overall recovery times.

What Can I Do To Aid In My Healing?

There are a few things you can do to make sure you heal properly after you get a dental implant at Strahler Dental Partners.

  • Follow your recovery instructions closely – Dr. Strahler or Dr. Penshorn will give you a full set of recovery instructions concerning diet, oral hygiene, activities, and other details. Follow them closely to make sure you heal properly.
  • Don’t smoke or use any kind of tobacco products – Smoking or using any kind of tobacco product is correlated with a much higher risk of implant failure.
  • Take prescribed medication – Take all painkillers, antibiotics, or other medication as prescribed by our team.
  • Come to our office for follow-ups as scheduled – Follow-ups let us track your healing and recovery, and ensure that your treatment stays on track. Make sure you don’t miss your follow-up appointments!
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How Much Pain Will I Feel After My Implant?

After your oral surgery, you will experience some pain as your implant heals. However, you can take prescription painkillers or over-the-counter medication to help with your discomfort. Every patient experiences pain differently. But overall, dental implants hurt much less than tooth extractions, and pain will usually peak then fade within a day or two of your surgery.

Interested In Dental Implants? Come To Strahler Dental Partners Today!

At Strahler Dental partners, we’re experts in implant dentistry in Schertz, TX. If you’re interested in dental implants, contact our team online or give us a call at (210) 659-1379 to schedule an implant consultation. We’re always accepting new patients, and we’d love to discuss the benefits of implant dentistry with you.

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