How Quickly Can I Go Back to Work After Dental Implant Surgery?

One of the best ways to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant.

A common question that gets asked is how long they can expect to be off work after dental implant surgery. When you think of the word “surgery”, you may associate it with a prolonged period off for recovery. However, in fact, most patients are surprised to hear that in some cases they can return to work they very next day after having a dental implant.

Dental implants are a permanent ‘smile design’ treatment, but for them to work they need to bond with your jawbone through osseointegration. This is where your bone tissue fuses to the metal post of the implant while your gums surround it.

Recovery times of course vary from patient to patient and must take into consideration what type of implant surgery is being done and how extensive it is. Single implant surgery is a minimally invasive procedure and patients can return to work the next day with little to no discomfort.

For more complex procedures, such as a full mouth reconstruction where more implants are required, patients may need up to a week off work. There may be slight bruising and swelling to the area where the surgery has been carried out. Some minor recovery time may be required because of being under general anaesthesia. Any discomfort and mild pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen.

Pre-existing Medical Conditions

Personal pre-existing medical conditions will play a role in how quickly you recovery from your dental implant surgery. Some patients with diabetes or a compromised immune system can take a little longer to fully recover. However, if you have any concerns over the length in which you may take to recover, please advise your prosthodontist as they will be happy to discuss various recovery methods and any post-op pain relief required.

Tips for a Better Recovery After Dental Implant Surgery

Post-op recovery is the one of the most important parts of your treatment. Just like any other surgery, it’s vital to let your mouth heal for long term success. Such ways include:

  • Keeping your mouth clean
  • Eating soft foods or soups (warm not hot)
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Avoiding strenuous exercise
  • No smoking or vaping
  • Rest and relaxation

Get a Second Opinion

At Western Prosthodontics, we follow an ethical and honest approach to cosmetic dentistry. If we feel a particular treatment option is not right for you, we will advise you and refer you other dental specialists we know and trust.

Many of our patients have come to us for a second opinion on the treatment options their dentist has recommended. If you’re wondering if you should seek a second opinion for your dental treatment, then you probably should. Most people are happy to gain a second opinion when it comes to their medical health but aren’t so sure for dental issues.

For general and specialist dentists, second opinions are part of the doctrine and professional code, so they expect some patients will want to gain more information to allow them to make an informed decision.

If you would like a second opinion at Western Prosthodontic Centre, call us on (08) 9321 1632 or contact us online.