What Is The Healing Process For Denture Implants?

What Is The Healing Process For Denture Implants?

Denture implants, also called implant supported dentures, are a long lasting denture solution for those who are missing teeth due to age, injury, or gum disease. Unlike regular dentures that rest on the gums, denture implants are made of one or more replacement teeth that are permanently attached to an implant in the jaw. This allows the wearer to eat and speak the same way they would with their natural teeth. Because dental implants require surgery, patients need time to heal from the initial surgery and from the second, less involved surgery. The healing process typically takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months and will temporarily limit what you can eat, but once the process is complete and your dentures are in place, you can eat and speak without restriction.

Everything You Need To Know About Denture Implants And Healing

What Is The Denture Implant Process? First, you will have to book a consultation, during which time you can discuss your denture options with your denturist and explore if you are a good candidate for denture implants. You will need to have impressions and x-rays taken at this time so that models can be created. After the consultation, you will need to come back for two surgeries. The first surgery will take about an hour per implant and is for placing the dental implants into the jaw. The dental implants will go through the gums and into the jawbone where the root of a tooth would typically be. Over several months, as your jaw and gums heal from this surgery, the implant fuses with the jaw bone. The second surgery will be for exposing the tops of the implants and guiding healing. The second surgery should be much quicker with a shorter healing time. Once you’ve healed from the second surgery, your abutments will be connected to your implants. After the abutments are attached, another impression will be taken and the replacement dentures will be created. A metal bar is then placed over the abutments and your tooth replacements are fitted. If you are happy with the fit, your new artificial teeth will be permanently secured in place.

How Long Will It Take To Heal From Each Surgery? Surgery for the initial denture implants will typically take 3 to 6 months to heal, and your second surgery will require about 10 to 14 days to heal. If any teeth need to be extracted, that may add to healing time. If your jaw bone is healthy, this part of the surgery may be completed at the same time as the implants, but if the bone is not healthy from complications such bone loss or infection, a bone graft may be required. If bone grafting is necessary to strengthen the jaw bone, you will need several weeks between the bone grafting surgery and your implant surgery, adding to your total healing time.

What Does Recovery Entail? After your first surgery, avoid strenuous activity. You may feel drowsy and in pain after the surgery and you should try to rest. Do not perform any activity that may dislodge the blood clots in your gums. While you recover from your dental implant surgery, you should eat soft, cool foods such as apple sauce, yogurt, oatmeal, or lukewarm soup. You will experience jaw pain for the first week after surgery, and your surgeon may prescribe pain medication or recommend an over the counter pain medication, and you can use a cold compress for the outside of your mouth. There may be some blood clotting where the implants have been placed and the implants themselves may feel odd at first, but try not to probe the implant with your tongue or otherwise dislodge or disturb the blood clots. If by your second week of healing your jaw pain is persisting at the same levels of your first week of healing, or if swelling has not decreased, call your doctor.

Get Top Quality Denture Implants From Future Smiles In Calgary

If you are interested in a long lasting denture solution, contact the team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary. Future Smiles is a Calgary owned and operated denture clinic that strives to provide patients with comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing denture solutions. If you have any questions about denture implants, you can visit our SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod, or our NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation, you can call Future Smiles at 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form. If you are looking for a top quality Calgary denturist to help you get back a comfortable and natural looking smile, contact Future Smiles Denture clinic.


Q: How long do denture implants last?
A: Denture implants are considered a permanent solution that, when cared for, can last anywhere from ten to twenty years.

Q: Are there negative aspects of dental implants?
A: Aside from the minor side effects of the procedure, such as mild pain and swelling, dental implants tend to be an expensive procedure; however, dental implants are a long lasting solution that won’t need rebasing, relining, or other upkeep costs, and Future Smiles Denture Clinic does offer affordable denture solutions.

Q: What are the benefits of denture implants?
A: Denture implants 

  • Look and feel natural
  • Do cause sore spots like other traditional dentures
  • Improve oral health and jaw bone structure
  • Improve chewing ability
  • Do not move in the mouth

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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