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Length of Recovery Process for Implants
Platte City, MO


Image of a person after dental implant procedure, at Platte Valley Dental Care in Platte City, MO. Dental implants are the go-to solution to missing or broken teeth and can significantly improve your quality of life. The average recovery time for dental implants depends on various factors, including the patient’s dental health, jaw bone density, and the type of dental implant. At Platte Valley Dental Care the average recovery time for dental implants, from initial consultation to the placement of teeth and everything in between, is about three to five months.

Let’s look at some major factors involved in dental implant recovery times.

Factors Involved in Dental Implant Recovery Times


If your dental implant restoration requires bone grafting, your recovery period will take anywhere from four to six months before proceeding to the next stage. Even if you don’t require bone grafting, you might have to wait a few weeks for your gums to heal. Our dentists Staci Blaha, DDS and Trent Blaha, DDS may place the implant right away after tooth extraction to minimize the waiting time.
Here are some of the factors that affect recovery times:
•  Method used for placing dental implants
•  Number of implants that have been placed
•  Your overall health
•  How closely you follow your dentist’s post-op instructions
•  Your dental hygiene
•  Unhealthy habits such as smoking

Tips to Improve the Recovery Process for Dental Implants


It’s okay to feel intimidated by the waiting period, but it’s worth your time investment, given how life-changing dental implant restoration is. As discussed below, you can always improve your waiting time by making certain lifestyle changes.

Get Enough Sleep


Sleep is the best possible remedy you can use to improve your healing time. As a rule, it is recommended to sleep at least eight hours a night to allow your body to heal. Not sleeping will only slow down your recovery period. Sleep is especially important after dental implant surgery.

Eat Softer Foods


It is recommended to avoid eating hot or spicy foods for 48 hours after dental implant surgery. After this period passes, you should only eat soft foods that don’t require much biting force. Foods that require a high biting force will irritate the surgical site. You can transition to solid foods once the incision heals, but this should be done once your dentist evaluates the surgical site.

As always, make sure to eat a balanced diet that meets your recommended amount of nutrients.

Hydration is Key


Drink more water to increase your hydration levels. This will allow you to purge any toxins in the body that could disrupt recovery. Hydration also increases your energy levels and makes you feel better. You may be asked to avoid caffeinated beverages or any food items that could dehydrate the body. Avoid using a straw for drinking.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?


This depends on various factors that require a professional’s opinion. Visit Platte Valley Dental Care to see if you are a candidate for dental implant restoration. Call us at (816)858-2027 to schedule your appointment with our expert dentists.

Office Hours
Monday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM to 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM to 5 PM
Friday: CLOSED


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