Following surgery for dental implants, the patient may need anywhere from one or two days to a week off of work, depending on the type of work they do. A physically demanding job will require more time off after dental implant surgery, whereas a patient with a more sedentary job may be up to working the day after surgery. The implant dentist will make a recommendation that may vary between patients based on individual differences in health, physical capacity, surgery procedures, and work environment.
For the average patient, three or four days of rest will suffice after dental implant surgery. Tenderness and some swelling are normal and will subside within the first few days. Many dentists recommend having the implant surgery mid-week, allowing for a day or two off from work plus the weekend to recover. It is important to avoid strenuous activity for the first few days, to reduce the risk of bleeding, and if sutures or stitches were needed for the implant procedure, they will usually dissolve or fall out during the first week.
The recovery process following dental implant surgery extends beyond simply feeling better. For several weeks, most patients are required to adhere to a soft-food diet. Taking time to ensure the diet contains sufficient calories, protein, and nutrients will improve recovery and overall health.
Patients with smoking habits are required to abstain from smoking during the healing process. Smoking after dental implant surgery can increase risk of infection or lead to dental implant failure. This risk is higher when a bone graft is involved in the surgery process.
The dental implant process takes time. Following the implant surgery, depending on the location of the dental implant, there may be a wait period averaging three to six months before a tooth or crown is permanently placed. The dentist will explain the specific details for each procedure or process as they vary with factors unique to each patient. The dental implant is a customized procedure, designed to specifically fit and support each individual patient.
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