Our Skilled Doctors Help Facilitate Successful Dental Implant Surgery Recovery
Dental implants can provide you with a permanent, stable foundation for lifelike restorations. Dental implant surgery recovery will vary for each patient. At our Jackson, MS, practice we can help you understand your estimated treatment timeline and will provide detailed at-home care instructions. Following these guidelines can help you receive optimal results. Dr. Roger B. Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart at Periodontal Associates of Jackson place a great deal of importance on continued education and the safety of their patients. By learning the latest methods and techniques in dental implant technology, they are able to provide the best care possible.
Immediate and Long-Term Recovery Timeline
Your dental implants surgery should take one to two hours, depending on the number and type of posts you receive. Due to the anesthesia involved, you will need to have someone available to drive you to and from our office. It is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort for the first 24 hours, but Drs. Parkes or Stewart will send you home with detailed postoperative instructions to follow to help promote quick healing. Most patients are able to return to work and full activity within a couple of days of their procedure.
For traditional dental implants, your complete recovery will take approximately four to six months in order to give the posts adequate time to fuse with your jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. This healing period helps create a strong foundation for your restoration. If you need to undergo a ridge augmentation or sinus lift prior to receiving implants, an additional three to four months will typically be added to your overall recovery time.
Our doctors have been trained in the latest technology and methods to help patients achieve quick recovery and optimal results after dental implant surgery.
During this time, it is important to get adequate rest and attend your follow-up visits so the doctor can ensure your jaw is healing correctly. Because your restoration often cannot be placed until the implants have adequately healed, you will wear a temporary restoration that can limit your dietary options. For mini dental implants, you may be able to receive a full restoration on the same day as surgery, and recovery is much faster compared to traditional implants.
How to Achieve Optimal Results
Your doctor will give you postoperative instructions that will include what to expect during the weeks and months following surgery. Some tips to help optimize your healing and recovery for the first week are:
- Take medication and care for the surgical site as prescribed by the doctor.
- Avoid drinking alcohol to excess or smoking throughout the entire healing period. Smoking can slow recovery and cause dental implant failure.
- Follow your doctor's instructions on the types of foods to eat. Eating tough and chewy foods immediately following surgery can cause implants to shift before they have fused with the bone.
- Attend follow-up appointments regularly.
It is normal to experience some swelling, bruising, and soreness for the first few days after surgery. But by the third day, you should start to see and feel an improvement. If you do not see improvement or develop any signs of infection such as a high fever, intense pain, uncontrollable bleeding, nausea, or vomiting, call our office right away.
Achieve an Easy Recovery
Our doctors have been trained in the latest technology and methods to help patients achieve quick recovery and optimal results after dental implant surgery. Call us at (601) 956-1230 or contact us online to schedule your consultation with one of our doctors.
“Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff.” Alex S.