Like any procedure or surgery, planning for dental implant placement means requesting time off of work and being aware of what the recovery process is like. If you don’t plan ahead, you could find yourself in a pickle and even make your post-op recovery more difficult than necessary. Read on to learn about what you can expect following your oral surgery and how long you’ll need to request off of work.
Is Dental Implant Placement a Serious Procedure?
The invasiveness of your dental implant surgery will depend on a couple of factors, like whether you need sedation and how many dental implants you’ll need to have placed. It’s also important to keep in mind that before your surgery even takes place, you may need preparatory treatments, like bone grafting, that could require you to take additional time off of work.
Many patients who just need one or two dental implants placed may not require as drastic of sedation, which can make recovery faster since the effects won’t linger as long. However, if you’re receiving a full denture and need anywhere from four to eight implants placed, you may need to undergo IV conscious sedation or oral conscious sedation, which has longer-lasting effects. In addition, recovering from four dental implants being placed may cause you more discomfort for a longer period of time than having a single implant placed.
Taking the Proper Amount of Time to Recover
Even though you may feel fine after your dental implant surgery, you’ll want to rest to help your body heal faster. Some patients who only had a single implant placed are able to return to their regular, daily schedule the very next day following their procedures, while others may feel groggy, dizzy, and sore, requiring them to rest for at least two days before returning back to work. The best way to learn how many days to request off of work is to discuss the recovery process with your dentist, because this can vary from patient-to-patient.
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions & Dental Implant Surgery
Just like how many dental implants you have placed can impact your recovery time, whether or not you have a pre-existing medical issue can, too. Chronic conditions, like diabetes, celiac disease, and hormonal imbalances can cause your recovery process to be more drawn-out. In these cases, you’ll want to speak with your dentist and primary care physician about how your conditions will impact your healing process and plan accordingly based on their professional advice.
Even though recovering from a surgery is never fun, the dental implant process can truly be life-changing, ultimately improving your overall quality of life. Plus, with the proper guidance and thorough preparation, you’ll be able to enjoy your new smile and feel 100% again in no time.
About the Practice
At Dental Innovations, our team is comprised of several experienced specialists, allowing us to complete the entire dental implant process under one roof. Our general dentists will work together to help plan your treatment, while our periodontist or endodontist will strategically place the dental implants for maximum support of your restoration. We’ll guide you throughout every step of the process so you can feel prepared and well-equipped to tackle the journey. If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, visit Dental Innovations’ website or call 215-646-3040.