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How Long Does It Take To Recover From Dental Implants?

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Accidents do happen, and when they often do, we find ourselves in situations we had not anticipated. Such might be your situation too, and due to an accident, you lost maybe a tooth or a set of them. Losing teeth to whatever cause can make your life miserable and sometimes unbearable. Missing teeth can make it difficult to perform even the simplest of essential functions like eating and speaking correctly. Lost teeth can also make you less comfortable especially when around people which translates to living a sub-standard life. However, this does not have to be the case. There are numerous tooth replacement and restoration procedures that you can undertake to get back your life. One such method is dental implant placement.

Dental implant placement is a procedure through which a person with missing teeth gets to restore not only the crown of the missing teeth but their roots too. Through the method, one can quickly regain his lost glory and facial beauty. Now, though simple, the process of dental implant placement follows strict guidelines. First, the patient must be assessed for his viability for the procedure. An ideal candidate for this procedure should be healthy, with enough bone density and of the right age. Health-wise, the patient should not be suffering from any gum diseases of infections at the time of the procedure. Again, people with heart diseases, diabetes, and other chronic diseases should first undergo a  medical assessment for purposes of safety. When it comes to age, an ideal candidate should not be too young or too old; he should ideally be a young adult. Performing the procedure on patients that are too young poses the risk of the jawbone outgrowing the implant and thereby pushing the implant out of its position. Too old patients, on the other hand, are more likely to have low bone density, and unless grafting is done beforehand, you risk performing an otherwise unsuccessful procedure. If viable for the method, a patient dental implant placement is done and allowed time to heal before the final crown is put on.

How long it takes for dental implants to heal

The time it takes for one to recover from dental implants varies completely. For instance, a case where grafting is performed, the procedure will first take between 5-6 months for the patient to heal from grafting after which the implant placement is done. The dental implant will also take between 3-6 months before healing. However, this may vary depending on individual characteristics of a patient.  There are also other personal cases that may extend this period. For instance,  a patient with a tooth that is about to fall will be allowed time for the tooth fall first, then heal before an implant is inserted.

Now, in as much as it will need several months for one to heal from dental implants completely, the surgical procedure done is usually minor. In such a case, a person can undergo the procedure and still be able to go back to his daily routine the following day if the procedure was done correctly. It will take about two weeks to undo the stitches and after that allow the slow natural healing of the implants for a few months. During the healing time, a patient can comfortably use his jaws without the implants interfering with the nearby teeth. During the healing period, the jawbone is allowed to bond and fuse with the implant in such a way that it provides the necessary support for the implant. A well-inserted implant should adequately be fused with the jawbone during this healing time.

Again, adequately placed dental implants are usually very durable, and if proper care is maintained, they can last a lifetime. Implants like any other essential components we require to properly function may need adequate and frequent servicing. Interesting to know is that, each implant has its unique pieces and parts that you can use in servicing it for durability and longevity.

How to make your healing quicker

A few basic practices can help you recover properly and faster. First, ensure proper and frequent dental hygiene. Once your implant is inserted, you have every responsibility to take care of their healing, and this includes taking good care of them. Therefore, ensure you frequently (daily) clean your mouth, jaws, and teeth in particular. Good hygiene will prevent infections and fasten the healing process. Another thing to help you heal faster is to maintain regular dental checkups. These checkups are important because they help determine the progress and in case there is any problem, corrective measures can be promptly taken. Make as many consultations with your dentist after the placement to ensure that you are on the right track.  There should be no reason for you to worry about how long it will take your dental implants to heal. What is important is, that hideous gap in your mouth has been beautifully filled.

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