How Long Does Dental Implants Take to Heal?

Dental Implants Take to Heal

One misconception of dental implants is you can have a tooth on the same day on any implant. And the other misconception is, all implants take six months to a year to heal. But it depends on the particular situation.

The healing process of a dental implant depends on several factors including,

  1. Bone quality

  2. Implant location

  3. Bone grafting

1. Bone quality:

Bone quality
  • Healing of the implant also depends on the hardness or softness of your dental bone. In general, the lower jaw is more rigid than the upper jaw. The harder the bone, the faster the implants heal.

  • Generally, a lower implant will heal faster and be ready to have a tooth put on it more quickly than an upper would. The lower jawbone has a consistency more like dense wood or oak wood. And the upper jaw sometimes can be as soft as Styrofoam.

  • An implant goes through an osseointegration process that is the implant will fuse to your jawbone and become kind of one with your jawbone. This process, for most of the time, takes approximately four months. A little bit shorter on the lower jaw and sometimes a little bit longer on the upper jaw.

  • If your bone is fragile, the implant often has to be done. Your dentist will add the bone first then insert the implant into the broader or taller bone. Whereas if it's just a little bit skinny, the dentist can add the bone and insert the implant on the same day.

  • One area that we really can move quickly is if you're missing all of your lower teeth if they need replacement with implants. Yes, we can almost always insert all teeth on the same day.

  • From a healing standpoint, most patients are sufficient by it as a second or even the first half of the procedure. Your body takes time to accept the implant to become united with the bone.

2. Implant location:

  • The other generalization to speak about is, implants in the front of the mouth typically can have teeth on them faster than implants in the back of the mouth.

  • It's primarily due to the bite force that's generated in the back of the mouth. It's much higher when you chew in the end than it is in the front.

  • Having implants done in the front of the mouth generally goes a little faster than it does in the mouth's back.

  • Even now, you can go from having dentures to full teeth on the same day fixed in your mouth that do not come out. A general area is the front of the mouth or front teeth, top or bottom, in a one-day procedure. One of the primary reasons for that is cosmetics. Missing a front tooth can leave you in an embarrassing social situation or having something removable.

3. Bone grafting:

  • If you've had a bone graft, it may require a more extended period for the implant to heal. Since the bone is new, it needs time to heal and become healthy and stable.

  • It's safe to put an implant on a bone graft before. After the bone grafting, the dentist usually inserts the implants individually or in stages. In such a case, your implant may take longer to heal.

After a dental implant procedure, you should avoid fatty foods and chew your food correctly. And ensure that no food particles remain in the dental implant area.

You should be very compliant with the dental implant procedure for more satisfying results. You should also consult the dentist and discuss the advantages and possible side-effects or complications of dental implant surgery.

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