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How Long is the Recovery Process for Implants?
Older woman in dental chair smiling at dentist at Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Allentown, PAIf you're contemplating dental implants to replace your missing teeth, whether one, or several, you're likely curious about the surgery and recovery process. Dental implant surgery is a multi-step procedure that unfolds over several appointments and spans several months. The entire process and recovery for dental implants typically spans six to eight months, encompassing each stage from implant post to crown. Though it demands time, this investment promises a healthy and confident smile.

Contact us at Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to learn more about dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are essentially high-tech replacement teeth that closely replicate the entire tooth structure. A titanium "root" is securely placed into the bone to support a crown, bridge, or denture, providing remarkable stability and resilience. Dental implants are a remarkable advancement in tooth replacement.

The Dental Implant Process

Undergoing this transformation is not a quick process and involves several steps. These are needed for proper healing.

The Implant Post - Three to Six Months

The initial phase involves placing the implant post. For a single missing tooth, a single tooth implant suffices, while multiple tooth implants are inserted for several missing teeth. Following this step, a period of healing occurs called osseointegration. This stage of healing can last from three to six months. Your gums and jawbone need this time to heal and for the dental implant post to anchor securely. Minor discomfort and swelling are common during this period but typically diminish within one to two weeks post-surgery.

Healing time varies among individuals, with full integration of the post into the jawbone being crucial. It's important to avoid chewing hard foods at the implant site during this phase to facilitate proper healing.

The Abutment - One to Two Weeks

After the healing period, the abutment will be attached to the dental implant. The abutment serves as the link between the dental implant and the crown.

The Dental Crown - Two to Four Weeks

Completing the procedure, the dental crown requires two to four weeks for proper healing. Initially, you may feel some discomfort or unfamiliarity with the crown, which is normal and temporary.

What to Expect Post-Surgery


As your mouth adjusts to the implants, you may wonder about resuming your regular diet. Gradually reintroduce normal foods as your comfort level improves. Soft foods can be reintroduced a few weeks after surgery, with harder foods gradually following suit. Typically, a return to your usual diet is possible around two weeks post-surgery, though caution with hard, crunchy foods is advised to protect the healing implant.

Adjusting to Dental Implants

It may take some time to adapt to your new dental implants, with your tongue and soft tissues needing a few days to weeks to acclimate. Most patients find comfort within two to four weeks, though individual experiences may vary. Ultimately, dental implants not only restore functionality but also enhance confidence with a natural fit that closely resembles your original teeth.

Resume Your Smile with Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

With time, your comfort and confidence with your new dental implants will grow, allowing you to chew and speak with ease, as if they've always been a part of your natural smile! These are the many benefits of dental implants. For more information on dental implants and how to care for dental implants, contact us at Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
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Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers dental implants for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants are high-tech replacement teeth that closely replicate the entire tooth structure.
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