Dr. Kenneth Cho has been asked many times whether dental implants are right for a patient or not. In addition to this question, he is often asked how the implant surgery will affect the patient’s life and how long it will take to recover from the procedure. These questions cannot be answered the same for everyone because it really depends. In fact, dental implant surgery recovery times will depend on you individually and your overall health and how your body heals.
Here in our office, we treat about 99 percent of all dental implant procedures with a local anesthetic. This anesthetic is used to help provide some comfort to the patient while they undergo the procedure. If a patient is in need of or requests additional sedation, Dr. Cho will discuss further options with them. We do offer both oral and IV sedation options too, but most patients do not require anything more than the local anesthesia.
Dental implant placement is considered to be routine in nature and patients who do not need to have any additional procedures in conjunction with the implant procedure will experience minimal to no discomfort or swelling. Patients are able to return to their normal work and personal life immediately.
It is important to note that you will need to modify your diet for a couple of days while your mouth heals. You should not eat any crunchy or chewy foods as this can cause damage to the implants or cause your mouth to be sorer. Dr. Kenneth Cho does recommend a completely soft diet and he also warns that you take care when you brush your mouth once the implants are in place.
If we could tell you that you would experience no symptoms or side effects from the dental implant surgery procedure, we would, but we cannot as that would not be 100% truthful. Not all patients will experience side effects but there is the possibility of side effects. Some of the most common ones include swelling and discomfort in the mouth. It is possible for bruising to occur as well.
Any symptoms that you experience can be controlled with our aftercare instructions and by taking any prescribed medications that Dr. Cho has given you. After about 7 to 10 days, you will be able to return to a normal diet. However, it is important to note that some patients may need to remain on a soft diet for up to 6 weeks.
Dr. Cho warns that any patients who have had a bone graft or sinus lift, they may experience more swelling in the mouth. If you do experience profound swelling, Dr. Cho will work with you and provide you with the proper care to assist you and keep you as comfortable as possible.
Will My Implants Heal Properly?
Your implants will heal properly if they are taken care of. When it comes to heal time, it all depends on your body’s tolerances and also your lifestyle choices. For example, someone who smokes will have a harder time healing than someone who is considered healthy and does not smoke. If you are a smoker, please know that smoking once the surgery is completed can lead to infection or failure of the implants.
The healing process for dental implants can be hindered by a number of outside factors to include:
• Drinking too much alcohol
• Poor diet
• Lack of proper dental care or hygiene
Dr. Cho wants to remind you that it is important that you take care of your dental implants as if they were your natural teeth. Often times, we may think that nothing can happen to the implant, but it can. In fact, plaque and tartar are able to build up around the post at the gum line and lead to gum disease and infection. When this occurs, the dental implants may fail. If you have any questions, Dr. Kenneth Cho is here to help you.
Once the healing process has begun, the dental implants will start to integrate into the bone and the two will fuse together to create a solid foundation. Implants can sometimes be fitted immediately with a bridge or crown, but this often happens later on down the road once the process is fully healed. If you want to discuss immediate dental implants, do inquire with us about them.
Regular checkups will be required to ensure that the bond between your bone and artificial root is taking place. You do not want to rush the process of healing and you do need to make sure you take care of your new implants.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, the healing times, or the recovery process, do not hesitate to book your appointment with Dr. Kenneth Cho today.