The Healing Process for Dental Implants

The Healing Process for Dental Implants

Palm Beach Gardens
PGA Dentistry
October 08, 2014
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All men and women are visual. We have a common acceptance of what is beautiful and what is unsightly.  In today’s modern society, it is certainly doubtful whether anyone would describe an incomplete set of teeth as beautiful. In Palm Beach Gardens, aesthetics is highly valued and paraded. Here, the loss of natural teeth can be easily treated by replacing them with dental implants.

Dental implantation is a safe and well-practiced procedure in Palm Beach Gardens. The operation can last from one to several hours depending on the number of implants being placed. Like all surgeries, it is prudent to know and anticipate the possible complications of the operation. Pain is probably the most common complication. This is well controlled by local anesthetics during the operation and pain medications during the recovery period. Swelling and bruising are also unavoidable when any tissue is surgically manipulated. Placing an ice pack will help with this and will relieve some of the pain as well. The swelling will reside after 3 to 5 days and you can resume your normal activities within that same time. Rarer complications may include infections and failure of the implant to fuse with the bone. This is minimal compared to the 95% success rates of dental implants.

Healing occurs as early as 24 hours when the wound edges seal and become watertight. Several stitches may be placed. These may be absorbable or the doctor may schedule them for removal after a few days. During the immediate post-operative period, you will be advised to eat soft foods and avoid strenuous activities. You have to comply with this diet and activity regimen for 4 to 7 days. Examples of soft foods include dairy products, canned or pureed fruits, and vegetables, eggs and cereals. If you want to resume exercising, it also advisable to start off with light exercise and gradually progress to heavier activities.

The whole healing process takes anywhere from 4 to 6 months. This is the time it takes for the bone to incorporate the implant, a process known as osseointegration. The bone and the implant fuse together and become one solid structure without any soft tissues in between.  It is very important to pay attention to achieving proper nutrition for this period. A complete meal set should include carbohydrates, fibers, fats, and proteins. Making juices and smoothies from fruits and vegetables can help replace lost nutrition. Maintaining proper oral hygiene should be religiously observed throughout the whole healing process. Until the time the implant heals and even afterward, regular follow-ups are necessary. The healing process needs to be monitored as well as your general well-being. And when all is said and done you will have a perfect smile will last a lifetime with proper maintenance.

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