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How Long is the Recovery Process for Implants?
Woman in dental chair speaking with dentist at Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center in Livermore, CA If you're considering dental implants for your missing teeth, you're probably wondering about the recovery period. Dental implant surgery is a process, and does take place over several appointments and several months.  

Placing the Implant Post


The first part of the dental implant surgery involves placing the implant post. If you are missing just one tooth, a single tooth implant will suffice.  For several missing teeth, multiple tooth implants will be inserted.   Following the placement of the implant post(s), characterization time could range from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Following the implantation, your gums and jawbone will need time to heal and secure the dental implant post firmly. This period, referred to as the Osseointegration Healing Stage, generally requires three to six months for completion. You might experience minor discomfort and swelling during this period, which are normal and a part of the healing process. Rest assured, these would considerably subside within a week or two post-surgery. 

Everyone heals at their own rate, and thus, healing time varies from person to person. The post must fully integrate with your jawbone. During this period, it's essential to avoid chewing hard food on the site of the implant post to ensure proper healing. 

The Abutment and Dental Crown


After the healing process of the implant post, the abutment and the dental crown are placed. The abutment is the component that connects the dental implant to the crown. The dental crown completes the procedure and usually requires two to four weeks for proper healing. Do note, it may take a few days for you to feel comfortable with the new crown. Don't worry if it feels odd at first - that's completely normal. 

Diet Post-Surgery

As your mouth gradually adapts to the dental implants, you might be curious about resuming your routine diet. Post dental implant surgery, you can return to normal food gradually as your comfort level increases. Generally, after few weeks of surgery, you can start eating softer foods, slowly introducing harder and more challenging foods. Typically, you can return to your normal diet after about two weeks post-surgery, but it does depend primarily on your comfort level. Hard, crunchy foods should be avoided for a little while longer to ensure the implant isn't disturbed while healing. 

By the time your custom dental crowns are fitted, typically in a few months after the surgery, you can start to enjoy the wide range of foods you were accustomed to pre-surgery. 

Getting Used to Your New Dental Implants


Adjusting to your dental implants might take a short while. Your tongue and soft tissues may need a few days to weeks to get accustomed to your new dental fixtures. It takes most patients around two to four weeks to feel comfortable, while for others, it may take slightly longer.

Nonetheless, soon enough, your dental implants will not only restore functionality but also help boost your confidence by replacing your missing teeth with a fit so natural, it's nearly indistiguishable from your natural teeth.

Choose Dental Implants with Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center

It can take anywhere from six to eight months for the entire process and recovery for dental implants. This includes every stage from the implant post, the abutment, and dental crown. It's an investment in time but worthwhile in the pursuit of a healthy and confident smile.

Your comfort and confidence with your new dental implants will increase over time, and pretty soon, you'll be chewing and speaking as if they've been your natural teeth all along! 
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