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How Long is the Recovery Process for Implants?

Many adults will experience the loss of their natural teeth due to a number of reasons including genetics, injury, and lack of oral hygiene. Loss of teeth can significantly reduce a patient’s quality of life and lead to jawbone loss. This is why it is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible to restore oral function and facial aesthetics.

Many patients prefer dental implants over other orthodontic appliances because of their high success rate, longevity, and effectiveness. The recovery process for most dental implants is about three months to six months. Several factors go into the recovery process for dental implants, including diet, sleep, hydration, the dental implant procedure, and the implant location.

Comparing the Recovery Time for Dental Implants vs Bridges

Dental bridges, also known as a pontic, are artificial teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. They are made from metal, ceramics, or porcelain. Dental bridges do not require invasive surgery or bone grafting, which results in fewer visits to the dentist and much faster recovery times. The average recovery time for a dental bridge is about two weeks.

By contrast, dental implants may require anywhere from three to six months to fully recover. The advantage of choosing dental implants is that they can last 10 to 15 years, if the patient takes good care of them. Dental bridges often require replacement every five to seven years, although they can last more than 10 years.

As the years go by, dental bridges lose their natural looking appearance. Any subsequent replacement of dental bridges will require more recovery periods that add up over time. In other words, in the long run, dental implants may have lower recovery times because they don't require frequent replacements.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implant surgeries require making an incision to expose the jawbone. A drill is used to make holes into the bone for placing metal posts. The post will serve as the tooth root and must be implanted deep into the bone, hence requiring appreciable bone density.

This is followed by a few months of recovery, where the jawbone fuses with the dental implant. Once this process is complete, a minor surgery is performed to place the abutment.

Dental Implant FAQs

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are extremely safe as long as the procedure is performed by trained dentists such as Dr. Kurt Gibson and Dr. Tripp Bartholomew. For most patients, there is almost no risk of complications with dental implants. Just make sure to follow your post-op instructions.

What is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

The success rate of dental implants is about 98%, simply because they are so durable and fuse with the bone.

How Many Visits Do Dental Implants Require?

Most patients will have to make at least five trips to the dental clinic for a dental implant procedure. The number of visits may increase depending on complications involved with the surgery, types of dental implants, and the number of dental implants.
Worried about the recovery process for dental implants? Get in touch with our experts at Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry for detailed information. Call us at (336) 283-2593 to schedule a consultation!

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