How Long Do Dental Implants Take to Heal?

Cosmetic, General & Implant Dentist Serving Fremont, Newark, Union City & Nearby Bay Area, California


Posted: March 6, 2019

Dental implants are widely considered to be the best option for replacing missing teeth, as they are the only treatment that actually replaces the tooth root. Placing a dental implant requires a minor surgical procedure, but your recovery time should be fairly short. Most patients are able to eat solid foods again after just a few days, and are able to manage any pain or discomfort with over the counter painkillers.Woman holding a model of a dental implant and pointing to mouth

The time it takes for dental implants to fully integrate with the jawbone takes longer. It can be up to 6 months before your implant is stable enough to attach the crown. Your dentist will monitor your implant and let you know when the osseointegration is complete.

If you are missing one or more teeth, call Dr. Jorge Montane today at 510-795-0444 to schedule your consultation.

Recovery After Dental Implant Surgery

After your dental implants are placed, you will need someone to drive you home. Dental implants require anesthesia, and it will not be safe to drive yourself home. We will call you a taxi or rideshare service if you aren’t able to make arrangements for someone to come get you.

You’ll have some pain and discomfort after your procedure, but we will prescribe painkillers to help get you through the first day or so. After that, you should be able to switch to over the counter painkillers with no problem.

For the first few days after your dental implant procedure, you should:

  • Rest and relax
  • Eat soft foods, but make sure you get enough nutrients
  • Take painkillers as needed
  • Use an ice pack and keep your head elevated to help with swelling

Depending on your own pain tolerance and the complexity of your procedure, you may be able to return to work immediately or after a few days. Each person is different, but it typically doesn’t take longer than a few days to feel up to work and regular activities.

When Can Your Dental Crown Be Placed?

The dental implant itself is a titanium rod that is implanted into your jaw to replace the tooth root. While your recovery time should be short, it actually takes much longer for the implant to properly fuse to your bone in a process called osseointegration.

After your implant has fused and is stable, then your crown can be placed. The crown is the part of the implant that actually looks like a tooth, and replaces the visible portion of your tooth. It will be attached to the abutment connected to your implant, and once it’s placed, your procedure is complete.

Dental implants can be treated just like regular teeth, and require no special care. Make sure you brush and floss every day, rinse your mouth after eating, avoid too many sugary foods or drinks, and visit Dr. Montane every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation

If you’re ready to learn more about dental implants and whether you’re a good candidate, contact Dr. Montane today at 510-795-0444 to schedule your complimentary consultation. We serve patients in Fremont, Union City, Newark, and other nearby Bay Area locations.