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How Long is the Recovery Process for Implants?
Older couple smiling after getting dental implants from Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona in Phoenix, AZDental implants can revolutionize not only your smile but also your everyday life. A dental implant is essentially a high-tech replacement tooth that mimics the whole tooth structure. A titanium "root" is snugly inserted into the bone and is used to support a crown, bridge, or denture. It looks and feels just like a natural tooth and offers excellent stability and resilience.

While dental implants are great at replacing missing teeth, whether one missing tooth with a single tooth implant, or several missing teeth with multiple tooth implants, it is important to be aware that going through this transformation is not an overnight process. There are various stages to the dental implantation process and the associated recovery time. 

The Stages of Dental Implantation

 

Initial Consultation


The first essential step to determining whether dental implants are the right choice for you involves a comprehensive examination, which generally includes X-rays and may even include making models of your teeth.

Implant Placement


After the consultation, our dentist will schedule the procedure to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This surgery is typically done under local anesthesia.

Healing and Growth


Over the ensuing three to six months, your jawbone will fuse with the dental implant in a process known as osseointegration. The healing time can vary based on many factors, including your overall health, the number of implants, and the type of implant.

Abutment Placement


Once the dental implant has securely fused to your bone, a small connector post called an abutment is placed on the implant to hold your new tooth (or teeth).

Final Tooth Placement


Finally, our dentist will attach a new artificial tooth, known as a crown, to the abutment. You will now have a new tooth that should function just like a natural one.

It's worth noting that everyone's experience with dental implant surgery is different, so your timeline may vary based on your unique circumstance. In general, the process can take anywhere from three to six months, but the end result is a durable and permanent tooth replacement. 

Post-Implant Care: Diet and Maintenance

 

Since dental implants behave just like your natural teeth, caring for them should already be a part of your daily routine. Regular brushing, flossing, and bi-annual visits to the dentist are the primary methods for your dental implant maintenance. If you take good care of your dental implants, they can last for many years, or even a lifetime. 

Initially after surgery, it's recommended to stick to a diet of liquid and soft foods to allow your mouth to heal. Recipe ideas include smoothies, soups, and mashed foods. You should avoid anything hard or crunchy that could disturb the implanted area. As your healing progresses, you can reintroduce more solid foods slowly into your diet. Our dental staff will give you specific recommendations based on your individual situation. 

Come See Us at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona!


Deciding whether dental implants are right for you is a significant decision that demands careful consideration. Consult with our dental professionals at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona to evaluate your options. We can provide you with personalized advice to ensure that you make the best decision for your oral health.
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Consult with our dental professionals at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona to evaluate your options. We can ensure that you make the best decision for your oral health.
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