Although dental implants are an amazing type of tooth replacement they do have a somewhat extensive recovery period. Because the implants are quite literally going to be ‘screwed’ into your jawbone, it will take time for the bone to heal and fuse with the implant. The wound itself will need to close and heal as well, though that generally takes less time.
On the whole the recovery period for a normal dental implant (without a bone graft) can be anything from 4 to 12 months. As you can see that is a fairly big range, and it is because there are many factors that can affect how long it takes you to recover. In particular, there are some factors that can delay your recovery and which you will want to avoid:
If you smoke after a dental implant, it will dramatically increase the recovery period and possibly even prevent it entirely. That is why in many cases dentists will not recommend dental implants for heavy smokers, unless they are able to quit beforehand.
- Plaque buildup
Oral hygiene is extremely important – especially if you’ve undergone a dental implant surgery. If plaque starts to buildup in your mouth it could infect your gums and extend the recovery time. That is why it is important that you brush regularly, even right after implant surgery – though care should be taken around the area where the implant was placed.
- Poor nutrition
As with any recovery period, it is important that you maintain a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Poor nutrition will invariably delay your recovery, and can even increase the risk of infection or other complications. In short, you will want to eat a healthy and balanced diet to help your recovery.
- Drinking excessively
While having a glass of wine here and there isn’t going to have much of an impact on your recovery time – drinking excessively certainly will. Because alcohol diminishes the body’s resistance to bacteria it increases the risk of infection, and wounds will generally heal slower too.
If you are unsure about any aspect of the recovery period you should consult a dental implants Sutton expert. Knowing exactly what it entails and what you should (or should not) be doing can help to improve your odds of recovering faster – which is definitely something that you should aim to do.
Now that you know the factors that can delay your recovery period, make it a point to try to avoid them as far as possible. Granted that may be easier said than done in some cases, but the last thing you want is to have to go through an extended recovery period – or possibly even have the implants fail.