What to Expect During Recovery from Dental Implants Surgery

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With proper placement and care by the patient, dental implants can last a lifetime. At Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates, we guide patients through every step of the treatment process, including recovery from dental implants surgery. During your consultation at our Wilmington, DE, practice, your doctor will explain what to expect during the recovery process. Recovery will involve some degree of discomfort, but we make every effort to help minimize pain and expedite your healing. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey J. Emmi, Dr. Laura Dougherty, or Dr. Jeff Bartoshesky and learn more.

The Healing Process

Dental implants gradually fuse with your natural bone during a process called osseointegration. During this time, bone cells attach to the titanium surface of the implant posts, forming a stable and durable foundation for a restoration. Osseointegration occurs over a period of several months following surgery. It is important that you attend regular follow-up appointments so that your doctor can check you are healing properly.

Your Recovery Timeline

The type of implant you have placed will affect your recovery experience. The temporary side effects of the procedure include soreness, sensitivity, and swelling. These effects will wear off in one to two weeks, depending on the type and number of implants you have placed.

If you receive traditional dental implants, your crown, bridge, or denture will typically be placed after a few months following surgery. A temporary may be provided during this time to maintain the aesthetics of your smile.

Video: Howard - Dental Implants Patient


A testimonial from Smile Solutions patient Howard, who has received dental implants and crowns from Dr. Emmi. Howard has dealt with dental issues since childhood. He had several fillings placed by his previous dentist over 10 years of visits, many of which began to fall out. After two and a half years of work by Dr. Emmi, Howard now has a functional, healthy smile.

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Lifestyle Adjustments During Recovery

Good oral hygiene is an important part of your recovery. In order to avoid infection and complications, you should remain diligent about twice-daily brushing and daily flossing. Patients are also strongly advised to refrain from smoking. Smoking can compromise the healing process and ultimately lead to implant failure.

If your doctor prescribes antibiotics or other types of medication, it is vital that you follow your doctor's post-operative instructions. Over-the-counter or prescription pain medication may be helpful in minimizing your discomfort. You will also need to eat primarily soft foods following surgery, and you may have to avoid sticky, chewy, or tough foods for a longer period of time. Although dental implants require some lifestyle adjustments following surgery, any inconvenience is outweighed by the long-term benefits. Implant-supported restorations prevent the jaw bone atrophy that results from tooth loss, and restore your ability to eat, chew, speak, and smile with ease. 

Learn More During a Consultation

If you are considering implants, it is important to select a highly trained doctor to oversee your treatment from consultation to recovery. Our doctors combine extensive education with a compassionate approach to care. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and recovery after surgery, contact our office and schedule an appointment.

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