All About Implant Healing Stages


Last Modified: June 26, 2024


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Losing a tooth? Dental implants can help. They look and work like real teeth. But they need time to heal. Let’s learn about the healing stages.

Stage 1: Surgery
First, the dentist puts the implant in your jaw. This is called surgery. It’s usually quick. Most people don’t feel much pain. Your dentist will try to make it easy for you.

Stage 2: Bone Growth
After surgery, your jaw bone needs to grow. It grows around the implant. This makes the implant strong. It’s called osseointegration. It takes a few months. During this time:

  • Follow your dentist’s advice
  • Be careful when you eat
  • Keep your mouth clean

Stage 3: Gum Healing
Your gums also need to heal. This happens after surgery. You might need to:

  • Eat soft foods
  • Be careful when you brush
  • Avoid hard or sticky foods

You might feel some discomfort. This is normal. It won’t last long.

Stage 4: Getting Your New Tooth
This is the fun part! Your dentist puts your new tooth on the implant. They make sure it fits well. They also check that it looks good.
What to Expect During Healing
Healing takes time. You might have:

  • Some Pain
  • A bit of swelling
  • Maybe some bruising

This is normal. It usually goes away in a few days. If you’re worried, talk to your dentist.

Tips for Good Healing

  • Take any medicine your dentist gives you
  • Eat soft foods at first
  • Keep your mouth clean
  • Don’t smoke
  • Rest and take it easy

Remember, everyone heals differently. Some people heal fast. Others take more time and that’s okay. The important thing is to thoroughly follow your dentist’s advice.

In the end, you’ll have a great new smile. It might take a few months, but it’s worth the wait. Your new tooth will look and work just like a real one. So be patient and take good care of your implant. Your smile will thank you!

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