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How much recovery time is needed after getting dental implants?

Dental Implant Recovery

A dental implant is an unparalleled option for teeth replacement that is broken or missing due to an accident. The dental implant process is a time taking process that the patient has to undergo with a series of processes. Let’s move and get the answers to the following questions: 

  • Dental implant removal recovery time 
  • How long do dental implants take to heal?
  • Why do dental implants take so long?

Before learning how much recovery time is needed after getting the dental implant. You will need to learn about the step-by-step processes to understand the duration of each process.

The Procedure of Dental Implant

Let’s understand the full procedure and duration of dental implants by sitting briefly. It will help you understand why dental implants take so long?

First Sitting

When you visit a dentist for the first time, the dental surgeon takes your case history, which may include the following.

  • What problem are you facing?
  • From how long have you been facing the issue?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you drink?
  • Have you gone through any severe operations?
  • Do you have any diseases? They may give you a form in which a bulk of diseases are listed. Only you have to tick marks on Yes or No. 
  • If you have been suffering from any severe disease, they may ask you for some information about that too.
  • Then the dental surgeon will scan your dental condition through a machine to find out the condition of your jawbone. They can ask you to do an x-ray also.

Second Sitting

If in a scanning process, they find that your jawbone is weak, thick enough, or there is no jawbone, then the dental surgeon will first have to prepare for bone grafting. 

The bone grafting procedure can take several months (2-4 months), depending upon the jawbone condition. The surgeon prefers taking a new bone from the hip or other parts of the body. If your jawbone is extremely weak or not present; then you will have to undergo a minor bone grafting procedure that can be done on the same day.

Since the jawbone acts as a foundation of the implants, the newly grafted bone may take a couple of months to heal the wound and be strong enough to handle the implant process.

Third Sitting

After the bone grafting, the dental surgeon performs a normal check-up to know the condition of your jawbone. Then, the procedure of dental implants begins. 

Dental Implant Placement
For implant placement, the dental surgeon makes a small cut into gum and drills to make a hole in your jawbone to insert the screw-like post into it. Your jawbone needs a couple of months to create a bond with the implanted post. After inserting the post, you will need to wait for at least 3-5 months, depending upon the situation of your jawbone. 

Fourth Sitting

After the waiting period of bone growth, the central component of the implant is placed i.e. abutment. It acts as a bridge between the teeth on which your crown is placed. Again after placing the abutment, you will have to wait for at least one month. 

Fifth Sitting

After the abutment placement, the dental surgeon fixes your upper component, the crown of your teeth. Now, you have a new artificial tooth in your mouth.

Remember, the doctor may take even more than five sittings if required. Even you should see a dentist whenever you face any complexity during the whole implant procedure or waiting period. It may vary from case to case. 

How long do dental implants take to heal?

Usually, the whole procedure of dental implants takes 8-12 sittings and 8-12 months to complete the full implant procedure. Since implanting the post and grafting the bone are painful procedures, it takes time to heal. Each procedure may take up to a month or more to heal, depending on the patient’s case.

Dental Implant Removal Recovery Time 

There are no to little chances for about 5% of being a failed or unsuccessful implant. In this scenario, the surgeon will need to remove the post or implant to reinsert once the removal is completed. Dental implant removal recovery time may range from 1 month to 3 months, depending on the situation and complexity.

Final Thoughts

The dental implant procedure is a time taking process. It needs more patience and time to execute the one-by-one steps of operation. The experts say that it has more than a 95% success rate. The implant procedure has only 5% to be unsuccessful or complexion.

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Dr. Swapnil Pande

Dr. Swapnil Pande

Dr. Swapnil Pande is a BDS & MDS in teeth replacement and implantology (prosthodontics). He has been practicing as an implantologist, smile designer & consultant in Bandra and Mira Bhayandar.

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