Follow dental implant surgery, Dream Dental Implant Center will send patients home with instructions so you are prepared for the recovery time. In the majority of cases, our patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days. However, some patients will have longer recovery times due to genetics and the type of implant surgery needed.
First Surgery – Implant Placement
If there is plenty of bone ready to support an implant, the first procedure involves placing an implant in the jaw. After the first surgery, the implant normally needs to rest for about four or five months based on the healing process. Once the implant bonds with the jaw, a temporary crown is placed. In some cases, we are able to place the crown with the implant.
Second Surgery – Temporary Crown
Once the implant has fused with the bone, we bring you back in for the second surgery. We need to ensure the implant is bonded by taking x-rays and a collar is placed. The healing cap is then placed on the head of the implant once it has been exposed, and this can normally feel tender for a few days. The collar needs to be in place for approximately ten days before it is removed and the abutment is screwed into place and a final impression is created of the abutment of the teeth. Following this procedure, a temporary crown is placed on the abutment for the teeth.
The Healing Process
Normally the healing process will take a few days for the gum tissue to start healing around the implant. We recommend resting the first day, but by the second and third day patients are normally able to return to work.
Caring for Implants
It is important to focus on helping your implants heal by caring for them the correct way. You care for dental implants the same way you care for natural teeth. Brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist every six months for a routine visit.
Dental implants are one of the most successful dental procedures. In fact, dental implants have a 98% success rate! If you have questions or concerns related to dental implants, contact Dream Dental Implant Center in Salt Lake City today.