Dental Implant Recovery By Kleinheinz Dentistry on December 01, 2020

woman drinking water during her dental implant recovery  Dental implants are the most trusted prosthetics for tooth loss placement. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw, where they fuse with bone tissues and act as an anchor for a wide range of dental restorations, including crowns, bridges, and dentures.

Dental implant treatment takes place in several phases. After each stage of treatment patients may require time to recover from their procedure. Here, Dr. Jeffrey S. Kleinheinz and Dr. Katrina Ashlin go over dental implant recovery, so that our Charlotte, NC, patients know what to expect as they advance through the phases of dental implant treatment.

Implant Surgery Recovery

After a patient is deemed an ideal candidate for dental implants, their treatment process begins. The first stage of dental implant treatment is an oral surgery to place the implants. Implants are small titanium screws that sit within the jaw to act as artificial tooth roots. Implant surgery is the most invasive part of dental implant treatment and, therefore, requires the most extensive recovery.

Following dental implant surgery our Charlotte patients may experience a number of side effects, including:

  • Inflammation of the gums and tissues surrounding the treatment site
  • Bruising of the tissues around the treatment site
  • Minor bleeding
  • Discomfort or mild pain near the treatment site

To protect the tissues around the treatment site and allow them plenty of time to heal, patients are advised to follow a liquid diet for the first 24 to 48 hours of dental implant surgery recovery. After that, patients should progress to a diet of soft foods, before gradually reintroducing solid foods. During this timeframe patients can take over-the-counter pain medication to ease discomfort.

Within seven to 10 days after treatment dental implant side effects should dissipate, though recovery can be shorter or longer, depending on the number of implants placed. Although patients should feel much better after a week or two, it takes two to six months for implants to fuse with the bone tissues. The next phase of treatment does not begin until this process is complete.

Abutment Placement Recovery

During the second phase of dental implant treatment abutments (small metal posts) are attached to the dental implants. Abutments protrude from the gumline where they will eventually bond to dental restorations. 

To place abutments, a small incision is made in the gums above the implants. This procedure is less invasive than implant placement, but it is likely to result in mild side effects, including inflammation and discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used as needed to manage discomfort. Side effects should not last long. Recovery from abutment placement generally only takes a few days.

Restoration Placement Recovery 

Once the gums have healed from abutment placement patients proceed to the final stage of dental implant treatment, which is restoration placement. Restorations are bonded to abutments with a tooth-colored dental compound. The compound is hardened with a special dental light that completes the bonding process. The final stage of implant treatment is completely non-invasive. Patients should not experience any pain, inflammation, or other side effects, though it may take them a few days to adjust to their dental restorations.

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Dental implants offer a stable, durable, and comfortable replacement for missing teeth. If you have experienced tooth loss and would like to find out if dental implants are right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Kleinheinz Dentistry. To get started, send us a message online, or call our Charlotte office at (704) 542-6003.

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Drs. Jeffrey S. Kleinheinz and Katrina Ashlin provide comfortable and convenient dental care to patients of all ages. Our dentists are proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The North Carolina Dental Society
  • The Charlotte Dental Society

You can schedule an appointment at our office in Charlotte, NC, by contacting us online or calling (704) 542-6003.

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