When can I return to work after dental implant surgery?

Dental implants have grown greatly in popularity over the last few years, and with good reason. This natural-looking, permanent option for tooth replacement keeps your smile bright and your jawbone healthy. Since it requires surgery, many are concerned about rehabilitation and healing time afterwards, and how long your dentist will recommend that you rest before returning to work and other everyday activities.

Recovering After Implants

The placement of dental implants is a surgical procedure. As such, it requires diligent aftercare and sufficient downtime to ensure successful healing. Many people find it possible to return to work the next day after implants are placed. However, your personal recovery time may vary depending upon how many implants you have placed, your own general health, how physical your job is, and how comfortable you feel returning to your everyday activities. If your job is very physical or demanding, you might need to take more time off than if you are more sedentary. If you are on your feet all day, it might also be best to take a bit more time for your mouth to heal. Many people find it possible to return to work the next day after implants are placed.

Your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions to help ensure the best possible recovery. These instructions will probably include:

  • Taking prescribed medications such as painkillers and antibiotics
  • Avoiding certain foods
  • Using ice to reduce swelling

If you experience any unusual side effects, such as a fever, extreme discomfort, or signs of infection, notify your dentist right away.

Caring for Your Implants

As your dental implants continue to heal, you’ll be able to return to your regular schedule and your regular diet. You’ll return for follow-up visits to be sure healing is progressing properly. As the implants heal, your jawbone bonds with them, ensuring that they’ll remain stationary and to stimulate bone growth just like a natural tooth root.

To find out more about dental implants and how they can help you regain your natural smile, please contact our implant team to schedule an appointment or a consultation.