Dental Implant Recovery
Typically, it takes three to six months to fully heal after dental implant placement. As with any surgery, dental implant recovery requires patients to follow a set of instructions and take precautions to ensure proper healing. Dr. Robert W. Hessberger in Chicago, IL, will ensure that you have the guidance and information you need to minimize your risk of complications. He will schedule regular checkups to monitor your progress and determine when to proceed with the final steps in your treatment.
How Long Will It Take to Heal?
After your dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone, it will take about three to six months for them to fuse with the bone. The amount of time it takes you to recover will depend on a variety of factors, including your body's natural capacity to heal.
Strictly following your dental implant recovery guidelines can help you prevent serious complications such as infection or dental implant failure.
For the first few days after surgery, you should follow a soft food diet that can include:
- Mashed potatoes
Additionally, it is important that you avoid hot or spicy foods to avoid irritation. Rice, nuts, and other foods that can get stuck in crevices are also not recommended. You should not use straws either, since sucking can dislodge blood clots. It is also important to avoid alcohol until Dr. Hessberger determines it is safe to resume moderate consumption.