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  • Writer's pictureBen Tindal, DMD, MS

When Can I Get Back to Work after Dental Implants?

Are you missing one or more teeth? One of the best ways to replace them is with dental implants. While they provide the ultimate support for preserving your smile, you’ll need to take some time off to heal from the procedure. But how soon can you return to work after your appointment? Read on to learn about the factors that can affect your recovery period after dental implant surgery and tips to help make this process as smooth as possible!

Some patients can choose to return to work a day or two after their procedure. However, your timeline will depend entirely on your specific situation. If you only need one dental implant, then you probably won’t require an intensive recovery period as a patient needing six metal posts. You also may need more time to heal if additional treatments are necessary before getting your restorations, such as bone grafting. Certain medical conditions or autoimmune diseases, like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, can slow your healing process and require you to need more time to rest. To best determine when you can return to work, you’ll need to consult your dentist.

Why is your healing period important? For your dental implants to work, they’ll need to bond with your jawbone through osseointegration. This process is highly dependent on your recovery period, as this is when your bone tissue can best fuse with the metal posts while your gums can surround them successfully. For this reason, you must take the proper time to rest and avoid any strenuous physical activities for at least a few days after your surgery.

Tips for a Healthy Recovery | Following your post-op instructions is one of the most important parts of your dental implant treatment. Your dentist will provide you with a detailed list that will help make your recovery period a smoother process. These instructions include:

  • Maintaining a clean mouth, as directed by your dentist

  • Eating soft foods, such as yogurt, applesauce, or pudding

  • Drinking plenty of water

  • Avoiding exercise

  • Avoiding smoking or chewing tobacco

  • Having plenty of rest

Although dental implants are made out of durable material and highly effective for restoring your smile, you’ll need ample time for recovery to ensure their long-term success! Feel free to speak with your dentist, and they can help you determine how much time you’ll need to take off work.

Sarasota, FL #1 Prosthodontist

Dr. Ben Tindal is a proud affiliate of numerous prestigious groups like the American College of Prosthodontics, the Academy of Osseointegration, and the Sarasota County Dental Association. He also regularly pursues continuing education to refine his skills so that his patients receive the best quality care they deserve. He offers a wide range of advanced treatments, including dental implants to help restore and preserve your smile. If you’d like to schedule a consultation, visit his website or call 941-260-1199.


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