Implant dentistry to replace missing teeth is an advanced dental procedure. As is the case for any dental surgery, you should take some time off to rest and recover after getting dental implants.
Our team will make sure you have complete aftercare instructions so that you can heal comfortably. To schedule a consultation with experienced Houston implant dentist Dr. Ronald Konig, please call 713-668-2289 today.
Taking Time to Rest and Recover after Dental Implant Surgery
There are several variations of the implant dentistry technique. The recovery phase depends largely on which type of implant treatment plan you choose.
In the most traditional type of dental implant procedure, the implant is placed beneath your gums and then given several months to heal before the permanent dental crown is placed. You will wear a temporary partial denture as the implant heals in the bone.
The length, extent and nature of your implant recovery may be influenced by some of the following factors:
- How many implants were placed
- Whether any bone was grafted
- Whether your implants were "mini implants"
With a traditional implant, the titanium stem is placed in the bone beneath your gums. In order to form a stable, secure bond with the bone, the implant must be allowed time to fuse with the bone in which it is placed. This process is called "osseointegration," and it is the main reason why dental implants provide immense durability. This phase of healing is essentially the bulk of your recovery from implant dentistry, and it may take several months.
Tips for Comfortable, Successful Downtime
You will be provided with complete aftercare instructions before you go home. In just about every case, placing a dental implant is an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to go home afterward. Some of the things you may want to expect include:
- Arrange to have someone drive you home from the oral surgeon's office
- Before your procedure, stock up on soft foods as recommended by your oral surgeon
- If you experience discomfort, use only the medications recommended by the oral surgeon
For decades, dental implants have provided people with a durable, long-lasting way to replace one or more missing teeth. During your consultation, Dr. Konig can explain all of your options for teeth replacement and what you can expect from each procedure in terms of results, recovery and other aspects.
To schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, please call the dental practice of Ronald W. Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIAPA, at 713-668-2289.