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2 Phases of Implant Recovery

By December 9, 2022December 14th, 2022No Comments

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:

  1. After the implant post is placed, there is a 3‚Äď6-month recovery and healing period.
  2. After the abutment is placed, there is a 1‚Äď2-week recovery period.

This process is usually done after the crown is placed Рno 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.

Care Tips

  • 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¬† ‚Äʬ†Apply ice to your face to reduce swelling¬†and walk 20 minutes/rest for 20 minutes¬†a day.

Pain Management

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.

At Cary Family Dental in Cary, NC we offer dental implants.  Schedule an appointment with Dr. Allan Acton today.

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Cary, North Carolina

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