When it comes to dental implants, every patient has a unique set of dental needs that are being met. Depending on the complexity of your case or the location and number of dental implants you are receiving, recovery times may vary. In most instances, however, the implant site will be healed after just 1-2 weeks. Then, it’s just a waiting game for the implant to bond with your jaw tissue, a process that usually takes several months. In the meantime, you may be fitted with a temporary prosthetic from our Austin office to fill in any gaps in your smile.
Most implant placements require nothing more than a small incision in the gumline, (and the jaw bone itself has no nerve endings to speak of), so the resulting pain and discomfort is far less than you might expect from oral surgery. Usually, over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, are sufficient to deal with any lingering soreness after the procedure. Dr. Matthysse or Dr. Chelkowski will provide you guidance on aftercare that is unique to your dental needs, but here are some helpful general tips to ease your comfort during your recovery after receiving dental implants.
Once the implant post is fully healed, it’ll be fitted with a dental crown, and the implant restoration will be complete. If all goes well, you’ll be able to treat it just like a natural tooth. Practicing good hygiene habits, like brushing twice a day and flossing daily, will extend the life of the prosthetic, giving you a beautiful, functional, complete smile for years to come.
If you’re missing one or more teeth in Austin, give us a call at (512) 444-1133 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary implant consultation today! It’s a risk-free way to meet our team and find out if dental implants are a good option to restore your smile and your confidence.