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How Long Does Dental Implant Recovery Take?

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article by Raha Sepehrara

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, it can impact your day-to-day life more than you may expect. In addition to feeling self-conscious about the gap in your smile, eating and even speaking can become challenging.

Dentures and bridges are both great ways to repair your smile, but one method is better than both options. Dental implants are titanium posts that act as replacements for tooth roots. We firmly embed them into your jaw and add a natural-looking crown above the gum line to complete the restoration.

Widely regarded as being the gold standard in restorative dentistry, dental implants are life-changing. But to achieve amazing results takes time. If you’re considering this treatment option, you may wonder how long dental implant recovery takes.

In this guide, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about restoring your smile with dental implants.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Dental implants don’t just restore the appearance of your smile; they provide a new foundation for replacement teeth. We use titanium because it’s lightweight and biocompatible.

Just like when this material is used to repair bones in other parts of the body, when we place a titanium implant into your jaw, something amazing happens. Over the weeks and months that follow, the implant stimulates the bone, and the implant and your jaw will fuse together. The scientific term for this process is osseointegration.

Once it’s bedded into position, your dental implant will give unbelievable strength to your bite, meaning you can enjoy meals with confidence again.

Dental implants are long-lasting too. Titanium is so durable that it’s used on everything from factory machinery to space hardware. With the proper care, your implant will last for life.

We’ll attach bespoke replacement teeth to your implants. These replacement teeth look completely real. If you’ve lost one tooth, we’ll fit a dental crown onto a single implant. If you’ve lost multiple teeth, we can produce up to an entire row of teeth and mount them on four implants.

Because your new teeth will look so good, you’ll feel more confident smiling too.

When you lose teeth, a few issues can arise. Firstly, the new gaps become a haven for bacteria. This increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Secondly, the loss of one or more teeth can impact the structure of your smile. Neighbouring teeth can slide into the newly formed spaces, and your jaw can start to deteriorate. Replacing your teeth using dental implants fixed these problems.

How Long Does Dental Implant Recovery Take?

While recovery from dental surgery itself will usually take between one and two weeks, waiting for the bone to heal is a longer process.

When we place your dental implant, it must fuse with the jaw before we can complete the treatment. After the initial surgery, where we attach the implant to your jaw, it can take several months to recover fully.

We’ll check on your recovery after a few months. Several factors affect how quickly your bone will heal. For most people, this takes between three and six months; however, it can take longer for some.

Although your jaw is recovering during this time, this process isn’t painful. Once the initial swelling subsides around the treatment site in the first week or two after treatment, you should not experience any discomfort.

Dental Implants In Nottingham

Many patients agree that the life-changing benefits of dental implants are worth the time it takes to recover fully.

To learn more about dental implants and find out if you’re a suitable candidate, get in touch today and schedule your consultation.

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