How Long Does It Take to Recover from Dental Implant Surgery?
When people hear the word “surgery,” most will immediately think of a highly complex invasive procedure that requires a long time for recovery. The same is true for “dental implant surgery” as the common assumption about it is it takes months for the entire procedure to be completed.
But, how long does it take to recover from dental implant surgery, really?
Recovery from this procedure – the entire procedure – varies from individual to individual. There’s a myriad of factors that come into play when it comes to a person’s healing ability. If you’re a young, healthy individual, naturally, you can expect to recover or heal much faster. Also, if you have loaded up on vitamins and minerals prior to having the surgery, this can have a positive impact on healing speed as well.
The outcome will be different if you’re older and you have a weakened immune system, or you have diabetes or some other medical condition. Even if you have been asked to undergo proper preparation to be eligible for the procedure, not being in the prime state of health can definitely lengthen your recovery period. You just need to be patient and follow your dentist’s instructions regarding recovery.
Age and state of health are not the only factors that affect recovery period.
The type of surgical procedure also comes into play. Implants with incision take longer to heal. Incision-less implants for healthy patients don’t take too much time, on the other hand. In fact, there’s no downtime to this procedure. But for those that need bone or soft tissue grafting, it can take a week or two for your mouth to feel “normal” again.
It’s important to note too that lifestyle is also an influential factor.
If you smoke or quickly go back to unhealthy lifestyle habits, don’t expect to avoid complications and recover fast. Most vices such as smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, and staying up late will prevent cells from regenerating properly.
All in all, the typical recovery period for someone who’s healthy can just be a day or two. Meanwhile, for those who are older and with health woes, recovery can take a couple of weeks or so after the completed procedure.
There are ways to speed up healing from dental implant surgery as well as deal with some physical discomforts. Your dentist will cover all these, long before your appointment for surgery. Make sure you observe the recommended practices and you’re in the best state of health prior to the procedure, and recovery will be complete earlier than you expect.
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