Many patients wish dental implants to take as quickly as possible to perform all functions of lost teeth. However, the time of recovery mostly depends on implants and anatomical peculiarities of patients. In this article, we will learn:
The implant will take only if it can bond with bone tissues, and the process of osteointegration takes place. During normal bone regeneration, bone recovery is pretty quick, and the location of implant (in the upper or the lower jaw) and quality of implant system play crucial role in that. Pretty often, dentist can define the quality and quantity of patient’s own bones during the operation, and decide whether implant can be installed on it, and how long it will last. Despite all possible peculiarities, average time of implant taking is the following:
|Type of implantation||Recovery process in months|
|Upper jaw (without augmentation)||3-4|
|Lower jaw (without augmentation)||2-3|
|Upper jaw with augmentation (Sinuslifting)||4-6|
|Lower jaw with augmentation (Plastics)||3-6|
When it comes to implantation, the rule says: the easier operation is, the faster wounds will recover
If a surgeon performed implantation on the upper jaw, more time for full recovery of tissues around the implant is required. That is caused by the fact that the bone of the upper jaw is less solid that in the lower jaw.
Recovery process is very long, if implantation of both upper and lower jaws has been performed. The more is the scope of operation, the longer recovery phase takes.
The surface of modern implants is created so that the artificial root of tooth can take faster. Research has shown that ideal implant surface should be slightly rough – it increases the percentage of bonding between implant and bones. Besides, such surface is also chemically processed to improve connection with bone cells.
The ability to load implant means using it actively: when the implant has been screwed into the bone, it can be instantly and fully loaded, although recovery process hasn’t even started yet. That may be possible, if a suitable implant system was used, and the patient was diagnosed correctly after installation with the help of 3D X-ray examination. It’s important for patient to follow all dentist’s recommendations and instructions to avoid overloading of implant.
As for standard implants, immediate loading is contraindicated. After not complicated operations, a patient can consume soft foods when anesthesia fades away, but no chewing should be done.
If necessary, patients wear overdenture solutions after installation of classic implants. 14 days after operation, these implants can be replaced with regular prostheses, if gums are not swollen anymore.
Right after the operation, patient’s body starts regenerating. 10 days after it, bone cells firmly bond to the root of artificial tooth, and they become denser day after day. In the beginning, this connection is pretty fragile, but in a few months, stabile bone develops.
Chewing load helps to stabilize and strengthen bone tissue around implant after recovery period. The bone becomes denser, and the risk of loosening decreases gradually
X-ray examination and so-called rigidness tests help dentists to define how recovery process lasts. Depending on the type of implant, patient gets new prostheses after the end of recovery period.
Preliminary loss of implant is a rare occasion (happens in 5% of cases only). However, when it happens, problems usually appear during recovery stage. In some cases, implant foundation can slip out, because it’s not fixed with bone and gums. If you have problems with implants – they started shattering and causing discomfort, contact your dentist immediately.