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Dental Implant Recovery

Dental implants act as tooth roots to support restorations like crowns and dentures and prevent jawbone atrophy.

If you're considering this dental procedure, you're likely wondering about dental implant recovery.

Serving Kansas City, MO, Matthew A. Turner DDS, PC prioritizes patient education and wants you to understand what healing will entail.

Placing Dental Implants in Three Stages

First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Once the implant fuses to the jawbone, an abutment is installed. When the gums have healed, restorations can be placed.

Understanding Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery traditionally requires two minor surgical procedures, meaning you will have at least two recovery periods. Though recovery time will vary from patient to patient, you can typically expect your dental procedures to involve these steps:

Your First Procedure: Implant Placement

During your first procedure, an oral surgeon will ensure your comfort before surgically placing a dental implant in your jawbone. The implant fuses with the jawbone during a process called osseointegration, which typically lasts about three to six months. During osseointegration, you must be careful with your dental implant as it can become dislodged from the jawbone.

Your Second Procedure: Placing the Abutment

After your implant has fused with the jawbone and become part of your anatomy, you can return to your surgeon's office for your second procedure. During this minor surgery, an abutment will be placed on your dental implant to prepare for a restoration that can replace your missing tooth or teeth. After abutment placement, the gum tissue will need about four to six weeks to heal.

Creating the Custom Implant Restoration

After you've healed from your abutment placement, our dentist can create your crown, bridge, or denture with the help of a local dental lab. Dr. Matthew Turner serving Kansas City, MO, can then connect your new restoration to give you a fully functional smile.

Let Us Coordinate Your Care Request a Consultation With Our Dentist Today

Dr. Matthew Turner wants to help you make an informed decision about receiving implants. This involves knowing what to expect before, during, and after your surgical treatments. If you have any questions you want to have answered before committing to dental implant surgery, you can discuss them during a consultation with Dr. Turner. He can then coordinate your care with some of Kansas City's best oral surgeons and place your crown, bridge, or denture at his office.

If you're in the Greater Kansas City area, we invite you to request a dental implant consultation at our office in Blue Springs:

(816) 229-1433

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Specific Instructions for Your Recovery Will Be Provided

After each stage of the dental implant placement process, you will be provided with specific instructions so you'll always have a clear idea of how to care for your treatment site and manage your symptoms. You can also contact our Blue Springs office if you have questions.

Managing Your Symptoms

For the first 24 hours after your procedures, you can expect some pain, swelling, and bleeding. Fortunately, these symptoms can be managed easily.

Minimize Bleeding

If your treatment site is bleeding slightly, there is no need to be alarmed. Place cotton gauze or a tea bag over the area and bite down to apply pressure. This typically stops the bleeding within a few minutes.

Manage Pain

Though pain is expected, it can be managed with pain medication. We may prescribe pain medication and antibiotics before your first surgery. We encourage patients to take their pain medication before the anesthetic subsides and take the full antibiotics regimen as prescribed. Switch to over-the-counter pain medication when you're ready.

Control Swelling

If you experience swelling, many patients find it useful to apply an ice pack for the first 24 hours after surgery. However, be sure to remove the ice pack every few minutes to keep your skin from becoming too cold.

Call a Doctor

Be sure to report any sudden increases in pain near the implant. If at any point you experience persistent or undue bleeding, swelling, pain, or fever, you should contact your doctor.

Returning to Your Regular Activities

Dental implant surgery is an outpatient procedure. Many patients can return to work within two to three days, as long as their work isn't strenuous. In the weeks following your surgery, attend your checkups at our dental office serving Kansas City. Our dentist will be able to give you more details regarding your recovery time and inform you when you'll be able to resume more strenuous activities.

Healing After Preparatory Procedures

If you require preparatory procedures like tooth extraction or bone grafting before we can place your implant, you can expect an additional healing period and a longer treatment timeline.
Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction

If you're replacing a decayed tooth that's still in your jawbone, our dentist serving patients in Kansas City and beyond will have to extract it first. After your tooth extraction, we recommend that you rest for two to three days to form a blood clot. Patients typically require about three to four weeks to heal following their extraction.

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Bone Graft

If you have insufficient bone tissue that won't support a dental implant, you may require bone graft surgery to build additional jawbone mass. This procedure typically lasts about 45 to 90 minutes. Patients typically heal from surgery after two to three weeks, but the recovery process will last a minimum of three months.

During followup visits, our dentist will let you know when you've healed from your preparatory procedures and your bone is strong enough to support implants.

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Dr. Turner and his staff consistently create the safest, most welcoming environment every time I visit. If they ever have bad days I don’t think I’d ever notice. Dr. Turner is always helpful when I’m asking questions and so is the staff.

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Dr.Turner and his staff are wonderful to work with. He is very gentle and good at explaining all processes. I would highly recommend Dr.Turner!

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Matthew A. Turner, D.D.S., P.C.

At the dental practice of Matthew A. Turner, D.D.S., P.C., in Kansas City, MO, Dr. Turner and his team provide superior general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. Dr. Turner is a member of several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Missouri Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The Eastern Jackson County Dental Society

For more information on the services we provide, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (816) 229-1433.

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