How Long Does Dental Implant Recovery Take?

Once an implant is surgically placed beneath the gum line, work on your dental restoration has to stop until integration is complete. Full, healthy recovery is crucial to success with dental implants, and Dr. Lindsey Marshall helps patients throughout the Main Line navigate the entire procedure.

Gum tissue typically requires 10 to 14 days to heal after dental implant surgery. It will also take anywhere from two to six months for the implant itself to bond completely with the jaw bond.

This bonding process, known as osseointegration, is what sets implants apart from any other dental restoration. However, though it is the strongest tooth replacement option available, integration does take time and might require some lifestyle changes.

Here are a few important details to remember during the recovery and integration stage of getting dental implants:

  • Diligently brush and care for the implant site like you would your natural teeth
  • You aren’t subject to food restrictions during recovery, though you should adopt a soft-food diet immediately after the procedure until your gums are no longer tender
  • Keep all of your checkup appointments with Dr. Marshall so she can assess the progress of your recovery
  • Don’t smoke – smoking can lead to postsurgical complications, implant failure, and a host of dental and other health issues

Once healing and osseointegration are complete, Dr. Marshall can begin taking impressions to create a custom dental crown or other restoration to finish filling in the gap of your smile. Our Main Line office is outfitted with a state-of-the-art CEREC machine, which means you won’t have to wait long for the final step – a porcelain crown can be milled in just an hour, rather than the weeks it might take at a lab.

To learn more about the dental implant process, please contact The Office of Lindsey F. Marshall, DMD, or call (610) 649-0696 today for a personal consultation. Dr. Marshall welcomes patients from Philadelphia and other communities to our office in Ardmore.

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