There is no need to take any time off work after the placement of an implant. As long as you do not have to exercise or exert yourself like doing heavy lifting at work, you should be fine. Some people choose to take the rest of the day off or even a couple days off. This decision is up to you and how you feel. It is always a good idea to listen to your body so you can heal well.
The first two weeks
The most crucial time after implant placement is the first two weeks of healing. It is extremely important to avoid chewing food over the implant site. It is also important to avoid sodas, spicy foods, crunchy foods or anything that could irritate the area. Smoking should be avoided as well. Diet should consist of soft foods and you should have several warm water salt rinses through the day to keep the area clean and avoid infections. If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, taking the full course prescribed is essential to keep your system strong against superinfections that may develop if you stop the antibiotics midway.
The following months
It takes three to six months, maybe more with certain medical conditions, for the implant to completely fuse to the bone. It is necessary to follow your dentist’s recommendations and keep your follow-up appointments to ensure the proper integration of the implant.
Implants are the best choice for the replacement of a missing tooth. They have a success rate of over 95%. An implant feels like a tooth, looks like a tooth and functions like a real tooth more than any other option. These benefits are worth the wait during recovery time since an implant will have such a positive impact on your quality of life.
Schedule A Consultation
If your orthodontist has recommended an oral surgery consult for dental implants, please call Prestige Oral Surgery to schedule an evaluation at 732-297-7000.