When Can I Return to Work After Getting Dental Implants?

September 1, 2022

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Woman holding a model of dental implants at the dentist’s office.

Dental implants are often considered the premier option for replacing missing teeth, as they’re able to perfectly replicate your natural teeth in terms of look, feel, and functionality. So, if you’re slated to receive them, you’re probably feeling pretty optimistic about your future smile! That said, you might be wondering what to expect during the recovery process and how long you’ll be out of commission. Here’s everything your dentist wants you to know about the process and some tips for ensuring that you get back on track without any delays.

What Can Affect My Recovery Time?

Even though implant surgery is relatively minor, it still needs to be taken seriously and there is an expected timeline for recovery. Since everybody’s individual needs differ, the implant process might be more complex for some patients, which can influence the recovery timeline. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Number of implants – If you’re only receiving a single implant or two, you can expect a shorter healing period. However, more implants can add additional days to the process.
  • Additional surgeries – In some cases, additional surgeries are necessary before dental implants become viable—and this can lengthen the overall recovery timeline. Sometimes additional bone tissue needs to be added to the implant site to help the jaw support the posts, and a bone graft becomes necessary. Other times, gum disease therapy or a tooth extraction is required beforehand. Simply put, more dental work often equates to more time spent recovering.
  • Compliance to post-op instructions – After receiving your implants, you’ll be given detailed instructions to follow to ensure that everything heals normally. Following these guidelines is the absolute best way to prevent problems or setbacks as your mouth heals.

When Can I Return to Work?

Most of the time, dental implant surgery doesn’t take very long, and the procedure can be completed in one single appointment. Many patients can return to work the very next day, and few need more than two or so days to resume their normal daily routines. However, depending on the complexity of your treatment and the factors previously mentioned, this is subject to change. Your dentist can better inform you about your individual circumstances and the expected timeline, but ultimately, you shouldn’t expect to be out of commission for more than a few days!

How Can I Ensure a Smooth Recovery Period?

Even though dental implant success rates are impressively high (95% – 98%), this is heavily dependent on proper aftercare following the procedure. The first few days after the surgery are very important! Consider the following tips to ensure a smooth recovery:

  • Stick to a soft food diet (applesauce, yogurt, milkshakes, smoothies, etc.).
  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco products.
  • Refrain from strenuous exercise and physical activity.
  • Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.
  • Use painkillers as necessary, as well as a cold compress to reduce inflammation.
  • Keep your mouth clean! You’ll be provided with detailed instructions for how to carefully do this.

Proper aftercare after your dental implant surgery is the best way to ensure a smooth and relatively quick recovery. Your dentist can happily assist you with any questions or concerns you have about your recovery period.

About the Author

Dr. Vrajesh Shah has proudly served patients and families in the Edison, NJ area for over 20 years! Dr. Shah received his dental doctorate from the New York University College of Dentistry and is an active member of several professional organizations including the renowned American Dental Association. His practice is pleased to offer many available services including dental implants. If you have any questions about dental implants or the recovery process, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Shah through his practice’s website or over the phone: (732) 906-0077.