After losing a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants may be the preferred option to partial or a full denture. Certain injuries may cause your teeth to fall out or it could be caused by decay. While process of getting dental implants may not be perfectly pleasant, the results will literally put a smile on your face.
As with any medical procedure, you’ll need time to recover. Here’s a brief look and what to expect from the process and recovery time for dental implants.
The Dental Implant Procedure
A dental implant may be used for many different reasons. The procedure involves extracting the old tooth, in some cases, and inserting a post into your jawbone. After the post has settled in your mouth, an overdenture or crown may be placed on top of the post.
Most dental implant surgeries are performed under local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia. This is completely up to your preference and our team at Pioneer Dental Group will help you figure out which option works best for you.
Sometimes, when dental implants are used, bone grafting must be done first. This happens when the jawbone isn’t strong enough to support an implant post. If bone grafting is necessary, a portion of bone will be taken from another part of your body and used within your mouth.
We provide dental x-rays to determine if bone grafts are necessary to support the dental implant.
Dental Implants Recovery Time and Regrowth
After the dental implant post has been placed, you will go into the recovery process. It will take some time for your body to generate new bone to fully support the implant. This process is known as osseointegration.
Even though the implant is artificial, it will become a part of your mouth, over time. The time it takes to recover from the implant varies from one patient to another. Often, it will take at least a few months before a crown or overdenture can be placed. However, you will have a temporary crown in place during the recovery process.
Immediately after the dental implant post has been placed, you will need to keep the area dry and clean. This will go on for a few days. It’s common for swelling and bleeding to happen as your mouth adjusts. You will also need to avoid hard foods and brush your teeth very gently during the recovery process.
After the surgery, it’s recommended you avoid strenuous physical activity. Exercise and physical activity may increase the bleeding, pain and swelling. It can also add to your overall recovery time.
Many follow up appointments will be used to monitor the recovery and regrowth. The total dental implants recovery time should take between 3 to 6 months.
Providing a Smooth Dental Implant in Oregon City
At Pioneer Dental Group, we believe you should understand the dental procedure you will be undergoing. We offer an initial consult with clear and direct communication to ensure you understand what a dental implant includes. We will also map out the steps in the process for you.
If you believe you’re a candidate for a dental implant, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Oregon City dental office. Contact us today by calling us at (503) 305-5051 or use our online form here.