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What to Expect: How Long Does it Take for Dental Implants to Heal?

What to Expect: How Long Does it Take for Dental Implants to Heal?

Posted by Ralph Reilly on September 12, 2017
Ralph Reilly

Portrait of a couple of elders smiling outdoors.jpegThis morning when you were getting ready and looking at your reflection in the mirror, what did you see smiling back at you? Did you love your smile or were you wishing for something more? For so many people the time they spend getting ready in the morning is a battle with their self esteem. This battle continues throughout the day as you try to hide your smile or you notice someone staring at your teeth while you are presenting a business proposal.


Maybe you have been considering dental implants but worry about taking time off work. While we realise everyone’s body heals at different rates we know that the mouth generally heals very quickly. That being said here is a general healing time for dental implants.

General Healing Time For Dental Implants


  • Initial surgical healing time of soft tissue: The surgery itself will causes some soft tissue swelling and pain at the incision site. The time it will take that to heal varies on how large the abutment is, the location, if bone grafting was necessary and how much of the tissue needed to be cut and pushed aside. The healing of soft tissue and pain is minimal and should only last 1 day but up to 7 days at most, if a bone graft and flap are part of the procedure. The pain is manageable pain that should be alleviated with Motrin or something over the counter that your dentist recommends. It should not keep you from your everyday tasks at home or work but you do want to follow your doctor’s guidelines on lifting and bending over for example.

  • Integrated healing time on bone after placement of abutment: The implant should integrate into the bone tissue on average of 3 months without a bone graft and an average of 3 to 6 months with a bone graft. This time will vary depending on the condition of the bone prior to the procedure, the location of the implant and if you needed bone grafts. Your dentist will be able to give you a general idea and let you know what time frame your implant will be ready for the restorative portion of your smile begins.

  • The healing time for your smile: The restorative time of your smile varies, depending on the location of the implant and condition of your bone. You may be able to walk out from having the implant placed with a temporary tooth attached to the abutment or it may take on average 3 to 6 months so don’t delay! The longer you put it off the longer the healing time may take if the bone is getting damaged.

Maybe you are dreading all the pictures that will be taken at the upcoming family reunion or maybe you want to be taken seriously as a candidate to make partner at the firm. Whatever it is about your teeth that taunts you don’t let it win the battle over your self esteem. Let today be the day you begin to win the battle and give us a call to schedule your consultation. Make an appointment here 

 

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