Having dental implants placed is a surgical procedure and the length of recovery time varies from person to person as well as the type of procedure performed. How many implants you have placed during one procedure can also affect recovery time. In some cases, you will be able to return to normal activities within a day or two. In other cases, you might feel more comfortable waiting a bit longer.
Recovery after Dental Implants
As a general rule, most patients will take two or three days of recovery before they return to work after dental implants. For the first couple of days, you will probably be taking prescription medication including painkillers and antibiotics to reduce your discomfort and to prevent infection. You will also experience swelling in the gums, which usually reaches its peak within the first two days, then begins to fade.
If you only have one or two implants placed, you might feel up to returning to work and other everyday activity by the next day. If you have more teeth replaced, you’ll probably want to take the extra time just to be sure you feel up to resuming normal activity. If you have any doubts about whether you should return to work, consult with your dentist.
Factors Affecting Recovery Time
Several factors can affect the amount of time you take to recover. These include factors involving the type of procedure you have as well as factors related to your overall health. Some factors that can affect your healing time include:
• Overall health. If you are in good physical health, your healing time should fall within normal parameters.
• Chronic issues. If you have chronic health issues such as diabetes, your healing could be slowed.
• Smoking. If you are a smoker, you will heal more slowly because of reduced blood flow.
• How well you take care of yourself. If you take good care of yourself after your procedure and follow your oral surgeon’s instructions, your healing time will be shorter.
If you are in good health overall and follow instructions for aftercare, you can expect to return to work within a few days. If you are thinking about dental implant surgery, call the office of Dr. Thomas Piccolo at 480-951-2782 to schedule an appointment today.