Dental Implant Healing Stages

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Hey, there! Dr. Michael Webster here, Owner and Implant Dentist at Kelowna Dental Centre.

“What is the recovery time for dental implants?” is a question we hear almost every day from patients. So, we thought providing an overview of the healing process could help you better understand dental implants and determine their potential utility in your oral health planning. 

Let’s explore dental implants and their healing stages.

Dental Implant Healing Stages

The recovery time for dental implants can vary depending on several factors, including your overall health, the number of implants placed, the location of the implants, and the strength of the supporting bone. However, it generally takes several months for dental implants to fully heal and integrate with the jawbone.

After the implant surgery, the initial healing phase begins, which typically lasts about one (1) to two (2) weeks. During this time, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, and minor bleeding. We may prescribe pain medications if required, or you can try over-the-counter pain relievers to manage any discomfort.

Over the next few months, a process called osseointegration occurs, where the implants fuse with the surrounding bone. This process is crucial for the long-term success of the dental implant. It usually takes about three (3) to six (6) months for osseointegration to be complete. During this period, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene and follow your post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing.

After osseointegration, we will place the abutment, which is a connector between the implant and the dental restoration (such as a crown). This step usually requires a minor surgical procedure but is relatively less invasive compared to the initial implant surgery.

Following the placement of the abutment, your gums will need some time to heal and form a natural contour around the abutment. This healing phase usually takes around 1 to 2 weeks.

Finally, after the gum tissue has healed, we will take impressions and create a custom-made dental crown or other types of restorations to attach to the abutment. The fabrication of the dental prosthesis may take a few weeks, and once it’s ready, it will be securely attached to the abutment.

It’s important to note that these time frames are estimates, and the actual healing time varies for each person. We will evaluate your specific situation and provide you with a more accurate timeline based on your oral health and the complexity of your implant procedure.

The great news is, dental implants are a more permanent solution than unsupported dentures, for example, so, once healed, your implants can last a long time.

This patient came to us because she was told for many years that she could not have implants placed in the front due to a lack of bone. She was completely done with wearing a denture. Fortunately, our team was able to make her dream come true by placing an implant-supported bridge.

Dr. Michael Webster: Your Dedicated Implant Dentist

Since purchasing and re-founding Kelowna Dental Centre in 2013, my commitment to innovation and patient-centricity have been our clinic’s defining features. As your trusted implant dentist, I’m proud to serve our patients with customized, seamless dental implants and exceptional results.

I’ve travelled the world to earn industry-leading dental implant credentials and deliver the results our patients dream of. Click here for a complete list of my dental implant credentials.

Dental Implant Questions? We’re Here to Help

There you have it, a short and sweet review of dental implant healing time.

If you’re considering dental implants to enhance your oral health and overall well-being, get in touch with us today. We’d love to walk you through the process and work together to define your goals, then create a comprehensive care plan to get you there.

Schedule your dental implant consultation with us today – together, we’ll make your dream smile a reality. 

We can’t wait to care for you!

Dr. Michael Webster

Kelowna Dental Centre Owner
Implant Dentist
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