Healing After Dental Implants: What To Expect

Interested in getting dental implants in Jackson, WI? They are one of the most popular dental procedures designed to replace missing teeth, effectively giving you back a winning smile.

One of the reasons why dental implants are so sought after is because they look and feel just like natural teeth. The accommodation period is virtually non-existent, and even the most critical eye won’t tell the difference between an implant and a natural tooth.

However, it’s important to understand that getting a dental implant is a lengthy commitment that comes with a 6-month healing period.

Here’s what you can expect during those 6 months:

First Day Post Surgery

Right after the surgery, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort, as you’ll still be under the effects of the anesthetic. Before you leave, the surgeon will place a gauze over the surgical site that needs to stay in place for around an hour after you leave.

If there is a bit more bleeding, you may need to replace the gauze a few times. As the anesthetic wears off, you’ll likely begin to feel a bit of pain and discomfort, but your dentist will recommend some at-home medication to help.

First 2-3 Days

The first 2-3 days after your surgery, you may still experience some pain, swelling, and even mild bleeding, but all these symptoms wear off as time progresses.

You should still be careful not to eat hard foods and only chew on the opposite side of your mouth. Make sure you clean your mouth but don’t brush directly over the implant site, as it can still be tender.

1 Week After Surgery

One week after your implant surgery, you should not be feeling any major pain or discomfort. By this point, you can slowly start eating more firm foods, but still on the opposite side of your mouth.

2 Weeks After Surgery

By this point, the implant site should feel perfectly normal and not bother you at all. The surgeon will likely want to see you around this time to inspect the implant area just to be sure.

The Other 6 Months

While your mouth feels perfectly normal, you still need time to heal. After getting the implant, the body goes through a process called osseointegration, which essentially means the bone and tissue heal around the implant and keep it firmly in place.

Usually, this process will take around 6 months, but it could be less or more depending on your case. When the implant has fully healed, you can then get the abutment and the crown to complete the procedure.

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Dr. Ben Heffter and Dr. Pako Major are here to make sure your smile is perfectly happy and healthy!

If you want to know whether dental implants are for you, book a consultation at Jackson Family Dentistry today and stop by!