If you’ve landed on this page, you’ll likely know how great dental implants are and hoping to consider them as an option to replace your missing teeth.
However, if you’re a nervous, anxious or phobic patient (which is very common), we know that understanding the stages of the procedure is critical to ease your mind going into surgery.
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As dental implants act as natural tooth roots and are embedded into the jaw, they require a period called osseointegration, which allows the implant to fully anchor to the jawbone.
If this healing period is rushed it may likely lead to implant failure or your dental implant becoming wobbly over time – and that’s not what you want when you pay for the most secure, stable and durable tooth replacement device in today’s dentistry.
After the first two weeks have passed since surgery, patients will much better and by this stage are fully recovered. The implant site, however, might still feel a bit tender to the touch but it will continue to heal and feel more familiar and normal as the weeks go by.
The dental implant procedure is usually split up over three appointments:
The first stage is likely to be the most uncomfortable, as it’s the prime time for the freshly implanted root to heal. Two weeks later this should have completely subsided.
Pain is relative – for some patients they find it all very straightforward, but more phobic patients perceive the pain and thus find it more stressful.
Realistically, the discomfort will peak 3-5 days after treatment and will be managed by over the counter medication. By the end of your first week, you should expect to feel little, if any discomfort at all.
Pain is usually connected to memory, so if undergoing an implant procedure makes you nervous, it might be recommendable to add on IV sedation, which is a conscious form of sedation that will utterly relax you and leave you with no memory of the procedure.
Patients can go back to eating normally again usually one week follow surgery – however keep in mind that you regular diet should be gentle and easy.
It will take a total of 3-6 months for the implant to fully and successfully integrate with the jaw bone, but patients will feel no pain or discomfort following the initial two week period.
However, these are estimate timelines and in sole complex cases, the implant site can take up to 8-12 months to settle down, especially if you needed a bone graft prior to surgery.
You’ll know the implant is healing nicely as you will feel little to no tenderness, pain or discomfort near the implant site. Any pain, throbbing or swelling is a possible sign of infection and it’s critical you seek treatment from your dental professional straight away.
Over the years, Dr Gutierres has undertaken extensive training to become proficient in surgical procedures for all implant-related oral surgery techniques, including Sinus Lift, guided bone regeneration and full mouth rehabilitations with fixed prosthesis, which allows him to work on the most complex missing teeth cases, achieving predictable outcomes with the highest aesthetics.