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Implant Healing Stages

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.

General overview of dental implant healing

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. 

More importantly, how will you feel during this time? 

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.

“When my implant was fitted it felt like a normal tooth. It just worked. Dr Pedro Gutierrez and his team were excellent from start to finish. Very pleased….” Read review.

Lynne Cantor 09/02/2019

“Dr Pedro and his team provided a seamless experience for my implant treatment. Each step of the process was easy to navigate, from the extractions to getting temporary dentures…” Read review.

Roni Omikorede 12/21/2022

Before & After Dental Implants

Clinical cases resolved by the incredible implant surgeon Dr Pedro Gutierres

The dental implant procedure is usually split up over three appointments:

  1. The implant surgery to position the implant in your jaw
  2. After osseointegration has passed fixing the abutment to the implant, which will support your final restoration (crown, bridge or denture)
  3. Around two weeks later, fixing the final restoration to the abutment 

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.

How long does it take to heal?

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. 

How do you know if it’s healing properly? 

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.

Are we right for your restoration?

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.

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Christina J
Christina J
23. March, 2023.
I've been receiving orthodontic treatment for about a year now with Dr. Ines and she's a wonderful mixture of highly skilled and professional, very thorough, and gentle in her approach. She is also super personable and I always look forward to my monthly appointments with her. She's made such a big improvement to my teeth and I'm very happy with my treatment so far -- I highly recommend Dr. Ines. I've also had other treatments with Maida Smiles and always had a great experience, especially with my wisdom teeth removal (by Dr. Pedro) that went very smoothly without any issues. The team's treatment coordinator/dentist nurse Cinthia is also always super kind and helpful if you have any questions or want to understand treatments.
Angelica Sacrepaye
Angelica Sacrepaye
15. March, 2023.
I had the lovely Dr Shankar for a 4 month Invisalign treatment. I mainly had overcrowding that needed sorting out after having had braces as a teenager and not wearing my retainer. Dr Shankar was delightful and has a lovely energy about him that made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. He explained processes well and also gave good advice to help me make informed decisions. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone in the Maida Vale area!
George Batchkala
George Batchkala
14. March, 2023.
I had 2 wisdom teeth (on the same side) removed by Dr Pedro. I had a much better experience than I expected. One month later, I have completely recovered without any complications. Absolutely recommend!
André Tiago
André Tiago
3. March, 2023.
I was recommended to start my treatment at the clinic and I couldn't be more pleased. It has been 6 months since I put my braces on and I am being followed by Dr. Ines and Dr. Cíntia. I can already see great changes and can't wait for the final result. Excellent professionals. The whole environment is very calm which makes you comfortable. 100% recommend Maida Smiles Clinic.
Claudia Castellani
Claudia Castellani
3. March, 2023.
Following a friend’s recommendation, I brought my eldest daughter to Dr Ines do Carmo for orthodontic treatment. Ines has been brilliant throughout the treatment; she is incredibly passionate about her work and this is reflected in her skilled perfectionism and the amazing results she achieves for her patients. From the start, Ines’ warm and friendly manner succeeded in putting my apprehensive daughter at ease. She was also forthcoming and thorough in her explanations of the treatment, and happy to share her extensive knowledge. My daughter now has an even lovelier smile thanks to Ines. I highly recommend her and will be bringing my younger children to her for their orthodontic treatment.
Carla Parreira
Carla Parreira
3. March, 2023.
It was my first time in the clinic and I had a great experience. The staff is very friendly. Samantha was very helpful with booking the appointment and fast replied to my messages. I had an appointment with Dr. Ines do Carmo. She is lovely. She explained all the treatment and the best option for my case. Cintia was helping Dr. Ines with the appointment. Cintia is very friendly. Dr. Ines and Cintia took care of me and made me feel welcome during the consultation. I will continue my treatment in the clinic. I recommend the clinic and especially Dr. Ines do Carmo.
Maria Moreira
Maria Moreira
2. March, 2023.
It is my good fortune to have found Dra inês at Maida Smiles Clinic and to have her as my orthodontist. My complex orthodontic treatment, as an adult, defies all laws of physics, but Dra Inês has the most amazing professional expertise and compassion to help and change lives, and she is helping me massively. In each consultation, Dra Inês moves one-step forward to improve my bite, my oral health in general and my smile! I will be forever grateful to Dra Inês for her outstanding care, professionalism and support she provides in each visit, in such a caring and friendly way. I warmly recommend Dra Inês and Maida Smiles Clinic to anyone who os considering orthodontics.
Adrian de Haro
Adrian de Haro
1. March, 2023.
We were on a short trip to London and my wife's implant got loose. We called Maida Smiles and they immediately saw her. They kindly sorted the issue out and my wife was extremely satisfied with the kind, friendly and professional service. Thanks Dr Pedro.
Igor Zinatulin
Igor Zinatulin
26. February, 2023.
I can’t thank enough Dr Pedro Gutierres and Maida Smiles’ team for guiding me through a multiple teeth extraction operation I had at the clinic recently. I’m a very anxious patient and everyone at Maida Smiles went above and beyond to accommodate my questions, asks and concerns. The operation itself was painless and positively uneventful, healing was quick and after-care second to none. Never thought I’d say this to myself but I’m looking forward to my next dentist appointment at Maida Smiles.