How Long Does it Take to Adjust to Implant-Supported Dentures? By Alex Hecht on March 26, 2023

woman lying in the sandAre you wondering how long it takes to adjust to implant-supported dentures? The adjustment period for implant-supported dentures can vary depending on several factors, including the individual's oral health, the number of implants, and the type of denture used. Generally, it takes about three to six months to adjust to implant-supported dentures. This timeline is a bit longer than the adjustment period for traditional dentures since dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone during treatment.

Here, the doctors at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist in Staten Island, NY, go over what to expect after treatment as well as recovery tips to help you adjust to your implant-supported dentures as soon as possible.

Adjusting to Dental Implants

Here is a general timeline of what to expect during the recovery period as you adjust to your dental implants.

Days One and Two

The first one to two days after the implant surgery can be the most uncomfortable. You may experience some pain, swelling, and bleeding around the implant site. It's important to follow your dentist's post-operative instructions carefully to manage these symptoms and prevent complications.

Weeks One and Two

During the first week or two after surgery, you may still experience some discomfort and swelling. We may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to manage any pain. You will also need to eat soft foods and avoid hard or chewy foods during this time.

Weeks Three and Four

By the third or fourth week after surgery, you may be able to resume eating a more normal diet, although you should still avoid hard or chewy foods.

Months One to Three

Osseointegration is the process by which a dental implant fuses with the surrounding bone, creating a stable and permanent foundation for a replacement tooth. It is a crucial part of the dental implant process, as it determines the long-term success of the implant. This process takes about three to six months before the custom, final denture can be placed.

Adjusting to the Custom Denture

Once you have healed from surgery and osseointegration has occurred, your custom denture can be securely attached to the implants. You should be able to chew and speak more comfortably immediately. However, you may still experience some minor discomfort or a strange sensation due to the newly placed restoration.

Over time, you will become more comfortable with your implant-supported dentures. Within a few weeks, you should be fully recovered and able to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. We will schedule follow-up appointments to ensure that your implant-supported dentures are functioning properly and to monitor your oral health. It's important to continue to practice good oral hygiene to maintain your dental health to prevent any complications.

Adjustments By Our Dentist

As you begin to wear your implant-supported dentures regularly, we may need to make some adjustments to achieve a comfortable fit. Our Staten Island dentists will work with you to make any necessary adjustments and ensure that your dentures fit appropriately.

Contact Our Practice

It's important to note that everyone's recovery timeline may be different, and some individuals may require more time to fully recover. Be sure to follow our dentist's post-operative instructions carefully and contact us if you have any concerns or questions during your recovery. Contact Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist at (718) 705-4434 or send us a message online.

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Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht

Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist

Our family-run practice, led by Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht, is guided by compassionate and genuine care for our patients. Several distinctions set us apart:

  • Creating beautiful smiles since 1978
  • One of the largest practices in the region
  • Excellence in treating even the most complex cases
  • Advanced cone beam computed tomography (CT) scanner
  • Dedication to continuing education
  • Incorporation of the latest techniques

To set up a consultation or learn more about our services, reach out to our office online or call (718) 705-4434.

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