The Healing Phase
Recovery is usually easier than most patient think it will be thanks to Dr. Freimuth's pre-operative pharmacological protocol and gentle surgical techniques. In general since bone doesn't contain pain nerves like a tooth, implant placement itself is one of the least painful dental procedures. There are generally two phases of the dental implant recovery process. Dr. Freimuth and team will explain the details of their suggested recovery steps, as well as those for hygienic maintenance. If you have questions about the healing phase of your dental implant treatment, contact us today.
What to Expect
Every patient's healing period is based on his or her individual experience. If you've undergone bone or soft-tissue grafting prior to surgery, you should expect more downtime than those who have not. There are a few general guidelines to help you understand the dental implant recovery process.
- Immediately after treatment, our experts suggest that you rest for at least a full day after your procedure.
- A diet of soft foods should be maintained until Dr. Freimuth advises otherwise. Sticky and very crunchy foods should be avoided at all costs during this initial recovery period.
- If you are a smoker, quitting for the duration of your recovery will significantly decrease the risk of dental implant failure and infection.
- Mild discomfort is to be expected, although it can be alleviated by sedatives or prescription pain medicine provided by Dr. Freimuth.
- The osseointegration phase of recovery lasts 3-4 months and gives the implant time to fuse properly with your jawbone.
- During this phase, you can wear a temporary crown or tooth-colored restoration to give your smile a complete look.
If you experience any unusual or uncomfortable effects, it is important to contact us immediately. Understanding the temporary post-op limitations of your dental implants will aid you in taking good care of them as they heal. If ever you have questions or concerns regarding the dental implant recovery process, please contact us as soon as possible.
Learn More about the Healing Phase
Each aspect of your dental implant procedure is equally important, from surgery to recovery. By the time we send you home, we want you to feel comfortable with the routine that will optimize your dental implant experience. If you have any questions about your dental implant recovery, we welcome you to call our office.