When can I return to work after receiving a dental implant?

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photodune-369552-office-xs-300x200 When can I return to work after receiving a dental implant?Dental implants make for excellent replacement teeth because they are durable, biocompatible, and low maintenance. Receiving a dental implant is an oral surgery but resuming normal daily activities like going to work or school varies from person to person. The nature of your work along with whether strong sedation/analgesics were needed during your procedure will affect when you return to your job. If you have questions about your post-treatment activities, we recommend discussing them with our oral surgeon who will be able to give you a more detailed answer.

What should I expect during my recovery?

After your implant is placed, you will be given precise instructions on what your recovery should entail. It is important to follow the advice of our doctor carefully because the recovery phase of treatment is important for the stabilization of your dental implant. Most of the time, a liquid/soft diet is recommended. This is so the implant is not disturbed by oral function. The amount of time a patient need to eat soft foods is based on how the stabilization process is progressing and the type of tooth being replaced by the implant.

Why do dental implants need to stabilize?

The stabilization of an implant is important because the jaw is what holds the dental implant in place. After the implant is embedded in the jaw, the process of osseointegration needs to take place for the implant to become stable. Osseointegration – the process of bone generating new tissue that fuses to metal prosthetics – is what makes a dental implant the ideal replacement for a tooth’s roots. Once the implant is stabilized by bone (its support structure), a person’s permanent crown or bridge can be attached to it.

How do I know if implants are right for me?

Dental implants are the closest available alternative to biological teeth. If you have suffered from tooth loss, it is a good idea to find out if dental implants are right for you. Determining your candidacy for this procedure involves an oral examination.

Call us today to reserve a dental implants consultation with our oral surgeon.