Implants require a strong jawbone to hold them in place; Therefore, patients who do not have enough bone will have to graft to the bone before implanting it, which allows for a three-fold recovery.
Although different combinations of methods are sometimes possible (such as combining the implant and abutment positioning), we will focus on the typical two-phase recovery process:
- After the implant post is placed, there is a 3–6-month recovery and healing period.
- After the abutment is placed, there is a 1–2-week recovery period.
This process is usually done after the crown is placed – no major recovery is required. Therefore, the entire implementation process should take between four and seven months.
Phase #1: Recovery After the Implant Post Is Placed
Immediately After the Implant Post Procedure
Given the short amount of time the procedure takes in the room when it is applied, local anesthesia is generally the best option for patients, although stronger sedation can be used to reduce stress. With local anesthesia, you will be able to drive safely afterwards, but with any serious treatment you will be sent home.
You will likely feel at least a little pain and stiffness in the first 24 hours, with pain, bruising, swelling and minor bleeding possible. Dizziness, nausea, and dizziness may occur, but are not common. All your symptoms should improve daily. If they get worse, you should contact your dentist.
- Wait until 24 hours have passed to brush your teeth.
- In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Do not use
- Continue to use the gauze provided by your dentist, replacing it as needed until the bleeding • Apply ice to your face to reduce swelling and walk 20 minutes/rest for 20 minutes a day.
Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) are taken every six to eight hours. Starting them before the anesthesia wears off can help you have a better recovery time. If the pain persists, you can take prescription medicine, if your dentist recommends one. After a few days, you won’t need it anymore.
Resuming Regular Activities
You’ll want to keep things simple at first. For some patients, this means going back to work, while those with demanding jobs may have a day or two off. You should rest and avoid strenuous activities (exercise, sports, etc.) for three full days or until you stop taking the pain medication.
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