How Long is Recovery After Dental Implant Surgery?

If you’re interested in dental implants, you definitely aren’t alone. Implants have improved greatly since they reached their modern form in the 1950s and are a great way to restore your smile and make normal activities, like chewing and talking, easier. According to the American College of Prosthodontics, more than 36 million Americans have no teeth, and 120 million have at least one missing tooth – the criteria necessary to be eligible for implants. A 2015 Reuters article found that roughly 3 million Americans had implants, and 500,000 implants were placed every year.

While implants are popular, you might still be concerned about pursuing them for yourself. It can be daunting to think about undergoing oral surgery. Fortunately, any worry you have is probably overblown. Implants are  highly successful and offer great benefits. Use this blog to learn more about implants and how long it will take you to recover and get back on your feet.

Are you interested in dental implants or want to start exploring if they could be a good match for you? If so, come see the team at Mark Kramer, DDS in Tustin, California. Dr. Kramer is a dental implant expert with over 30 years of experience. He is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, and our practice has been named one of the Top Dental Offices in Orange County by the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are one of the three main ways to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. Although both dentures and bridges get the job done, implants offer the most realistic look and  feel while also preserving oral health.

How are they placed?

During an implant surgery, Dr. Kramer will embed the implant into your jawbone. Over the next few months the implant will fuse with your jawbone, a process called osseointegration. Once this is completed, a tiny post called an abutment is attached to the top of the implant. This abutment then serves as an anchor for a crown, bridge, or partial dentures. Because implants are fused to the jaw bone, they offer more stability and support than other methods.

Who is a good implant candidate?

As previously mentioned, the baseline for needing dental implants is at least one missing tooth. You may also be a good candidate if you match any of the following:

Implants are long-lasting and very safe. In fact, the success rate for dental implants is around 98%.

Recovery and timing

Implants are not for those looking for a quick solution. Because implants depend on osseointegration for their strength, you will have to undergo at least two procedures to complete implant placement. Both procedures are done on an outpatient basis, but the initial surgery, when the implant is placed, is more involved. Once the implant is placed, you play a waiting game as osseointegration occurs – two to six months for most patients. After the second surgery, when the abutment is placed, you likely will be back to normal activities and diet after 10 days.

Timing also depends on the number of implants being placed and your overall oral health. Your timeline will most likely be extended if you have a high number of implants and/or suboptimal oral health.

Ready to start your implant journey? Call our office or book an appointment online today.

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