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  1. I had Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer to the left mandible 2016. Radiation. Nearly all my teeth have,broken off.
    I am meeting my new oral surgeon Sept. 14, 2020. I also have a Prosthodontst who will be making dentures.
    I,have had 26 hyperbaric oxygen treatments. How does the oral surgeon determine if I am candidate for implants? I am 73 yr old female with no other medical problems. I think the original plan was to extract all of my teeth, do bone grafting, then dental implants and dentures. I know I will need an additional10-20 hyperbaric treatments after the posts for implants are placed.
    Have you ever had a patient who required hyperbaric oxygen treatments? ,if you have, what was the treatment plan for him/her?

    • Last Name: Cooper
    • Hi Jan, I am sorry to hear that but keep positive and keep fighting. Determination is one of the major requirements for complex rehabilitations and there are very few true contraindications to implant-supported treatment options. We have not had a patient that needs hyperbaric oxygen. There are a lot of ways to determine if you are a candidate, but it involves an evaluation of your hard and soft-tissue condition as well as your treatment goals and desire to have an implant-supported option.

    • It’s interesting to know that having a dental implant doesn’t require more than 14 days for the recovery process to be completed. My husband has been thinking about going to the dentist near us for a while to get an implant but hasn’t done it. I will pass this information to him so that he knows how long it takes for him to recover, and is no longer afraid.

      • Last Name: Alder
    • It’s good to know from this article that most recovery stages after having dental implants just usually last around 14 days after surgery. My sister is hesitating about this procedure because she’s thinking that she won’t be able to look after her baby properly if she has to recover. Now that we know that it’s only for a short time, it might be the perfect time to have her checked by a cosmetic dentist.

      • Last Name: Campos
    • Im 20 years old and i had my front tooth removed after an accident, now i was thinking of getting an implant or any permanent option…. Is it possible to get my implant after 8 years of my tooth missing and if not which other option to fill the gap do i have please assist

      • Last Name: Ramavhale
      • Hello Ngoho,

        20 years old is a little young to get an implant if it is in the smile zone. Ideally, we would wait until later 20s or early 30s due to skeletal growth over the next few decades. For anterior teeth, I would recommend a Maryland bridge until you are older and then you can start thinking about an implant. The time since the tooth was removed doesn’t matter, however, the longer there was no tooth, the more grafting procedures may be needed to rebuild the jaw bone and gum tissue. Good luck!
        Dr. Stanley

      • Kyle, it’s great that you mentioned that it would take two to four months for a bone to fully fuse with a dental implant so the dentist can finally attach a tooth. I’m planning to get dental implants to replace my two missing molar teeth, and I was wondering how long the recovery process would be. It’s nice that I found your article because I am now equipped with the right knowledge to proceed with my plan. Thanks a lot!

        • Last Name: Armstrong
      • I wear an upper partial and am having two implants for adjacent teeth 9 and 10. I am 46 so don’t anticipate bone grafting as tooth 10 was extracted 7 months ago and tooth 9 extracted 19 months ago. I am overall healthy but have numerous dental problems. I’ve opted to have implants which have partial adhered to the implants. Question…, post op initial implanting can I wear my partial prior to sutures being removed? Would it help or hurt wearing the partial prior to the permanent parcial being installed? Scared now bc I don’t realize how much pain can be associated with the procedure and because the implants will be adjacent. Thanks for prompt response!

        • Last Name: Martin
        • Hi Holland,

          THis is interesting because doing two implants in the #9 and #10 region is often problematic from an esthetic perspective and sometimes doing just one would make more sense but it does depend on the details. Usually, after the implants are placed, you would not want to put any pressure on them to allow adequate osseointegration. You also probably do not want to disrupt the surgical site or risk exposure if the sutures tear or rip. However, depending on the style of your partial, and the treatment plan, it may be possible. This type of question will be best answered by your providers and I will say that it might be possible to wear it if certain criteria is met to prevent complications.

        • Hi
          I have had an upper denture for several years due to a lifetime of dental issues
          Recently my bottom teeth were at a point of no return and I had to bite the bullet
          I had 20 mini implants placed
          10 on each arch a few days ago
          And they placed temporary dentures over them right away
          Now this is where the main issue lies for now
          First of all they look horrible (not at all like myself)and are extremely bulky and uncomfortable
          They are both way off in Height and I feel as though I constantly have a bite block in my mouth
          Went back to the dentist and he kind of blew me off saying it needs to heal etc
          And while I understand that my gut feeling says this shouldn’t be that uncomfortable
          It isn’t pain,that seems to have mostly subsided but extreme discomfort to the point where i get headaches
          Nor can I eat even soft things and talk properly
          Oh and also I noticed on his screen that 2 implants were Placed at an angle,but when questioned it he said why does that matter to you,it doesn’t affect the functionality of the implant
          I just have a really bad feeling about this and at this point totally regretting having had the procedure
          Please advise!!!
          Thx

          • Last Name: Hasn
          • Hello Nic,

            I’m sorry you have had a bad experience. It is hard to give much advice without seeing your case, however, I chose not to deal with mini implants for a few reasons. Implants can be placed at an angle certain times in order to find the bone or minimize other surgeries but I’m not sure if this was the case with your mouth. I would recommend waiting to see how things settle and heal and then go back and speak to your dentist to get him/her to address any problems. I wish you all the best!
            Kyle

          • I’m 57 and I had an implant put in a few months ago. At the time of the implant I was told to take antibiotics and that there is a 50/50 chance the implant may fail if I don’t. My body does not react well to antibiotics so I took a chance and did not take them. I was healing okay then I noticed my gum where the implant was placed was getting redder. I shot a picture to my dentist, since lockdown had begun, and she said the it was in the normal range. Later, I went in the get the button placed and the surgeon said I do have an infection. She cleaned it out, gave me a few stitches where she cleaned out the area, placed the button, and gave me a prescription for antibiotics. I took the antibiotics. A couple of days after I finished the antibiotics I broke out in an itchy, red rash all over my back and some on my arms. This has never happened before. Now it’s been 5 days after finishing the antibiotics and I’m noticing a slight dull ache around the gum where the implant was placed. Does this mean I’m allergic to the implant? Is the infection back? What else could be happening or is this a normal healing process. I didn’t ache while taking the antibiotics. Thank you for your help.

            • Last Name: K
            • I’m sorry to hear about your complications. To me, it sounds like you are allergic to the antibiotics and not the implant. However, it does sound like your implant may be failing and possibly should be removed and have another one placed at a later time.

              Good luck!
              Dr. Kyle Stanley

            • does it pain after placing the tooth on the implant, it’s been 12 days since my mom had her tooth placed but her pain still persists and now the healthy tooth next to the implant site is aching.i would also like to inform that after 3 months of implants there was a full lockdown throughout my country and so her surgery was delayed.

              • Last Name: nicholas
              • Hello Jeff,

                Usually, there should be very little pain with dental implants, especially after the integration period. If the tooth next to the implant crown is hurting, the contact may be tight and pushing on the natural tooth. I would have the dentist take a look as this is not normal for pain after crown delivery on implants.

              • Why would one dentist recommend 2 implants on lower jaw with a full arch and another recommended 4 implants for the same procedure ( a much more costly way to go) without sacrificing the outcome? I went for two consults and the cost was nearly half of the first dentists fee.

                  • Hi Cindy, thanks for your question. This is like comparing a bicycle and a motorcycle. They both have two wheels but the performance is entirely different. With two and 4 implants, they both have implants but the performance is entirely different. With only two implants, the teeth are still tissue supported and therefore can rock a little bit. They also are removable. With four implants, you can have fixed or removable and the teeth are fully supported by implants making them much more stable. Dentists have different opinions, training, and philosophies which explains why they have different treatment plans. I hope this helps!
                    Dr. Stanley

                  • I and a 30 yo female in good health…I had the two lower molars just in front of the removed wisdom teeth fail and removed 2 years ago. The upper molars are slowly descending and the bone shrinking were those teeth were. Im ready for the dental implants and was asking about recovery times. My dentist said I could go back to work the same or next day….after reading this article it is clear I should have mentioned to everyone what my work ENTAILS. Yall. If you work in high labor jobs be sure to ask when you can go back to working OUT. I lift move, bend over and pick up objects up to 50lbs for 10 hours a day. Its clear that I cannot go back to work the same or next day after implants. The real question is: during recovery after implant surgery, how long should I wait before I can lift 50lbs again? Mr. dentist… the day after your implants are in will you be preforming dentistry on your next patient?

                      • Great point! Yes, after the first 3 days, the blood clot is stable and most patients can start to do work like yours.

                      • Thank you for posting all these great questions and answers.
                        April of 2019 I had my last remaining 16 teeth pulled. My teeth had all been crowned but were still brittle and would easily break. This decission was based on my dentist stating he could no longer help me save my teeth. To complicate things I have Systemic Lupus and Sjogren’s Syndrome. At the age of 60, this was the most difficult decission I have ever had to make. As I had feared my Lupus flared up and while my dental recovery was successful after 6 months my health deteriorated. I am finally feeling healthy again and am considering implants for upper and lower dentures. Sjogren’s Syndrome causes dry mouth so keeping dentures in my mouth with adhesive is an ongoing job due to the amount of water I drink. At this point I hate dentures but am wondering if implants will be the death of me or the answer to my denture nitemare. The dentist that pulled my teeth said I had enough bone for implants so that gives me some hope. Based on what I have said regarding my health, would you recommend pursuing implants? Is it a dangerous pursuit for someone like myself?

                          • Hi Maria,

                            It sounds like you have been through a lot! The question you ask is a great one. Although having autoimmune disease can cause implants to have a lower success rate, it definitely doesn’t mean you can’t have dental implants. It also depends on the severity of your disease and also the medications that you are taking in conjunction with your autoimmune disease. Going forward with implants, I would make sure you find someone who really knows what they are talking about and are experts in this field.

                            It is important for you to know that your success rate could be lower than healthy patients (87% for autoimmune disease compared to 95% for healthy patients). I would mentally prepare for this with both you and your doctor.

                            I hope this helps and I wish you all the best!
                            Dr. Kyle Stanley

                          • I love that you touched on how the recovery process really depends on each person’s body. My sister is trying to get some implants soon so that she feels more confident. I’ll let her know what she needs to find a great dentist to work with so that her recovery is faster.

                            • Had dental implant in upper right but never used it, removed because of infection now suffering sinus in that side of nose took one round of ZPack and predensome and ENT requesting now to take another round. Should II consult with my oral surgeon who remover the implant. Had two bone grafts when it was removed.

                                • Hi Helen, I think its worth having an ENT or Oral surgeon evaluation. There are possible complications that could arise from the infection or implant removal. It’s a good idea to have it evaluated but if you are seeing an ENT currently and they are informed of the history, they should have have all the diagnostic power necessary to address your issues so it may just complicate matters. Please ask your ENT what they think. If it were me, I would follow the advice of the ENT or get a second opinion if I was not feeling confident in my care. All the Best- MN

                                • I am planning to get a full implant On my lower, I have 7 loose teeth they will have to pull. Will they do the implant surgery on same day as extracting my teeth?

                                    • Ideally, yes, they will extract the teeth and place the implants and temporary teeth on the same day if everything goes according to plan. This all depends on your bone, bite, the experience and training of your dental team and many other factors. I wish you all the best!
                                      Dr. Stanley

                                      • Im a retired 68 yr old male and plan on having full lower implant. Lower Gums are flat on both sides. Do you recommend 2 or 4 posts ?
                                        Im reading the Usual Recovery time from this procedure is 4 to 6 months ?
                                        Thank you

                                        • Last Name: McCarthy
                                      • Hi Tim- I can’t say for sure because there are a lot of other factors. More is usually better but sometimes more is not an option depending on your nerve position, amount of bone, occlusion, etc. I would say to be evaluated and ask the treating surgeon. In general, I would rather have more due to stability and redundancy incase any implant has a problem during healing or in the future. However, sometimes it’s just not possible or cost-prohibitive. All the Best- MN

                                      • It’s interesting to learn that it takes a few months for the dental implant procedure to be completed. My wife is wanting to have a better smile and she was wondering how long it would take to get dental implants. I’ll be sure to tell her that it would take a few months for implants to be correctly put in her mouth.

                                        • Hello, Had my tooth (#19) pulled a week ago and a bone graft, implant. Healing is progressing nicely, tissue looks good but my gums are still a bit tender to the touch. How long until there is no pain or tenderness at all?

                                          Thank You Diane Thompson

                                            • It usually takes about 2 weeks maximum to not have any tenderness at all. Some patients never have pain and some have pain for up to 2 weeks depending on the surgery. I hope you heal well!
                                              Dr. Kyle Stanley

                                            • I’ve been considering having a dental implant because I have always been insecure about my missing tooth. It’s great to learn that dental implant has a short recovery time, and they’d just ask me to take Ibuprofen. Also, I never knew that since a dental implant is placed in the bone, osseointegration will take multiple months to occur.

                                              • Hi Doctor Stanley,
                                                I am 33 years old and I had to remove an old implant because after 10 years it got broken and I had a new surgery with a new implant (one front thoot) . After almost 1 year my gum still didn t recovered, my dentist says I need to be patient but I don t think that it is normal to still have like a vertical cut about 5 mm wide in my gum
                                                May I ask your opinion about it?
                                                Thank you

                                                  • Hello,

                                                    I’m sorry to hear about your implant complication. Unfortunately, this is possible with any type of treatment. Most soft tissue healing is completed within 3 months; 9 months for extended complicated surgeries. I would think that after one year your soft tissue should have healed. Often times, after implant removal, you will need bone and soft tissue grafting. I wish you all the best.
                                                    Dr. Stanley

                                                  • Hi,
                                                    I’ve extracted my 4 wisdoms because I wanted put braces but unfortunately, can’to for braces now because my first molar tooth root canal went wrong and I had to take that out too and replaced with implant.. Will all these processure impact my face skin or structure?

                                                    • I recently had two implants placed in my upper jaw. About two weeks after the procedure I was still experiencing throbbing pain that radiated throughout my mouth. I went back to my oral surgeon and upon his examination he told me that my implants are infected and need to come out. He surgically removed them and placed some bone graft in their place. After I heal, can I get these get re-implanted? And what is the risk of getting another infection?

                                                        • Yes, you can probably just get new implants placed again. The rate of infection will remain the same as it was last time, however, it is rare to have a failure again. I wish you luck!

                                                        • I have a mouth full of problems. I am 36 and looking for a solution. I need to address this situation as soon as possible and I’m set up to extract all of my teeth and get dentures as soon as I can afford to pay for the temps. I’ve read that it is possible, but is it medically reasonable to get dentures and save for a couple years to get full implants?

                                                            • My advice would be to try and save your teeth as long as possible even if the final goal is to get implants. Having teeth can help in so many ways especially by preserving the bone. Now if the teeth are mobile or decayed out and unsavable, then you have no choice. I wish you the best!

                                                            • I had 10 implants put in for permanent teeth in Nov, and I am 4 months post op. The throbbing pain is there everyday I know it’s gonna be awhile, but losing weight I can’t afford I have dropped 18 lbs and it’s hard to eat with the pounding pain in your mouth. Any suggestions to pain relief IB eats a stomach up when there is no food in there. Having a terrible time thanks.

                                                                • I am concerned that you still have pain after a few months. Usually, implants shouldn’t hurt after a week or so. I am worried that you may have some implants that didn’t integrate. Please see your doctor to have them check on you!

                                                                • I’ve just had 2 molar implants done one on either side of my lower mouth, however after only two days the stitching on one has completely come out, leaving the wound exposed. Should I be worried?

                                                                    • I would have your doctor check it but more than likely, he/she will not do anything as the body usually heals itself.

                                                                    • Hello, i visited a dentist and he said to me that after the implant surgery, i can have my “fake” teeth in 2 months, but the majority of people recommend 3-5 months. What do you think with your experience? Thank you.

                                                                        • It depends on the bone density, the patient bite forces, and the torque values at the time of implant placement. 2 months is possible in the mandible if all things are going well.

                                                                        • Im 56 and I had 8 implants with bone grafting at the same time. 4 on top and 4 on the bottom. So now I have full upper and lower dentures. I am told that I need to wait for the bone graft and implants to heal for six months. After the 6 months I am told I will get the final hardware to snap in the dentures so they will be stable but removable. Its been a week and a half and my gums are still too sore to bite down on anything substantial. How long will it take for the pain to go away all together so I can eat meats or anything harder than pasta? Thank You

                                                                          • Is it normal to have an ache 2 weeks after implants ? I felt great after the implants but then have stopped taking pain meds and antinflammatories. Should i go back on them ? It also hurts if i have to chew hard food or gets onto where implant is such as crusty bread. Is it a sign the implant has failed ?

                                                                              • After two weeks it is hard to tell. If you are still having pain at 6 weeks, this could be telling of an implant failure.

                                                                              • I just had my back tooth implant as well sore is the feeling it’s my 2nd day. My only concern is can I go
                                                                                About my daily intense work out? I feel
                                                                                Throbbing in my mouth when I do go
                                                                                Up and down . I work out as in push ups, sit ups jumping jacks, martial arts thank
                                                                                You in Advance. Btw I’m 60 Yrs young

                                                                                • I am 67 yr female with Diabetes Type II. I am 8 days post full bottom implants. I had 3 three teeth that had to be extracted (the only ones left ) . My surgery was under IV conscious sedation. IV sedation is the way to go. I do not remember anything at all. I understand they had to remove bone. My dentist referred me to a periodontist to do the procedure. After meeting with his staff and the doctor, I had complete confidence in his ability. He and his staff was very knowledgeable and made me very comfortable in the procedure. Since I have problems with pain medications, I only was able to tolerate Toradol and alternate with Advil after the surgery. I was able to lay around for 5 days. Eating was limited to soup and anything I could chew twice and swallow. There was pain at first, but as the days passed the pain decreased. The pain I had was mostly coming from mouth ulcers under the gums. I also had a large hematoma from the trauma of the surgery. After 7 days I visited my regular dentist who gave me Benadryl/Decadron solution to swish in my mouth b.i.d. This helped alot. Everyone heals differently, (no pain no gain). I am completely satisfied with my teeth. They are beautiful. My only wish is that I would have taken better care of my teeth in my younger years. I hope my experience helps your readers.

                                                                                  • I’m a 21 y/o and I have just had my lower left first molar removed due to an infection which resulted in a weakened tooth and a fracture. I’ve had the tooth extracted now, sadly got dry socket despite every precaution:( My first question is how long does dry socket take to heal? I’ve been prescribed antibiotics as well as pain killers to help ease the pain- on day 5 of this and the pain is still rather present.
                                                                                    Furthermore, I’ve delved into the numerous consequences of not replacing a tooth, so I’ve decided a dental implant to be the best course of action. I’m just wondering typically how long after a tooth extraction do you have to wait until you can start planning for a dental implant? As if ideally like to get a replacement in as quick as possible to help avoid any future complications with teeth shifting/gum related issues etc.

                                                                                      • Hi Rachael- sorry we didn’t get back to you sooner. It typically resolves within 1-2 weeks. Replacing the tooth is ideal, but please make sure you find someone qualified and experienced. If it’s done well, the implant will be a great solution for your missing tooth. Usually you would wait 2-3 months after extraction of a lower molar, though the clinical condition and amount of remaining bone varies depending on the circumstances. It’s not too late, but start with getting a consultation and evaluating the recommended treatment.

                                                                                      • Hi, I had my implant surgery a month ago and it went smoothly with no pain afterwards. A few days ago, my jaw started to hurt as I chew my food. Is this connected, such as an infection?

                                                                                        Thank you,
                                                                                        Bogie

                                                                                        • I had to get a tooth extraction on the tooth in front of my incisor on January 3 due to a vertical fracture. The dentist gave me a partial denture/flipper and said it will be 2-3 months to get an implant. The site of the extraction is healing well, so I’m wondering if I could get the implant earlier than the 2-3 months originally quoted? Should I seek a second opinion?
                                                                                          I have other work I need to get done, such as fillings in other teeth, however the implant is my main priority because I hate the flipper as it affects my speech and eating.

                                                                                            • I would definitely still wait the 2-3 months. It is possible to go back in after 8 weeks but you would most likely need to bone graft as well. I hope this helps!
                                                                                              Dr. Stanley

                                                                                            • It was interesting to know that the bone fuses to the implant making it stable enough to hold the tooth. One of my friends is missing a tooth and he wants to get it fixed. I will recommend him to consider a dental implant that way his jaw bone can get back in place.

                                                                                              • That’s good to know that you could control the pain with some over the counter painkillers. I would think that would help you to feel better without having to worry about using some of the powerful addicting ones. I’ll have to make sure that I have some of those if I decide to get some implants.

                                                                                                • Depending on the number of prosthetic teeth to be fitted, this process could take between one to three days.

                                                                                                  • After 20 years of way too many dentist visits and procedures not to mention cost of some of these procedures I decided to get full upper and lower plates. I’m 73. I’m on day 6 after surgery and realize I don’t have the recuperation resilience I once had. I’m progressing each day and have varying issues that are “normal” after this kind of surgery. Minor swelling, pain that moved to various locations, sore throat, lack of appetite and constipation. Was able to get off the strong pain killer and moved to Tylenol and still take the ibuprofen and antibiotic. I’m not due back for my first visit for another week but hope my new mouth feels more comfortable by then.

                                                                                                      • Hi Chris, Yes as we age it takes longer and longer to heal. I have many patients in the same age range and you can feel comfortable that your healing time is expected. I wish you all the best!

                                                                                                      • Excellent advice. I have really enjoyed browsing your blog post. It’s really a nice and helpful piece of information. Your blog is very informative. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

                                                                                                        • My tooth at the back of my mouth has been hurting really bad. I need to find a good dentist to help me get a tooth implant. I want my teeth just as you show in your clear picture after treatment. Thanks sir for useful post.

                                                                                                          • I want to have dental implants put in. It makes sense that I would want to keep the recovery period in mind! I’ll be sure to have simple foods that I can eat in the meantime.

                                                                                                            • Dear sir,
                                                                                                              Hope you are fine
                                                                                                              My question is that, after implant of my front tooth i feel swelling on my face and feel pain in my all teeth,
                                                                                                              What i should do, plz suggest

                                                                                                                • Hello Zahid,

                                                                                                                  I would return to the surgeon who placed your implant. Swelling can be normal depending on the situation but if it is up into your face, this could be a problem.
                                                                                                                  Good luck!
                                                                                                                  Dr. Kyle Stanley

                                                                                                                • I am 66 years and a diabetic. Several months ago I had all my teeth removed and was told I would heal faster without wearing anything. I did want to wake up with teeth. I didn’t know temporary teeth could of been put in until I integrated,which all went well. After several months I had my permanent teeth put in and I am a little sore and have to eat soft foods, but I am afraid the food gets stuck underneath. I have a water pic and tried the super floss but I am still sore after three days. Is this normal and if so how long will it take for my mouth to get adjusted to these teeth. Plus trying to chew, the food feels like rubber. I hear people say how it’s like their real teeth and can eat but I hope my teeth were done right.

                                                                                                                    • Hi Sally,

                                                                                                                      It is great to hear that you had your implants and you are in the recovery process. It is normal in full-arch cases to have the recovery process take longer. The first reason is that you have more implants than one so of course, it will take longer to heal when you have 4-6 implants. Another thing that can be weird at first is the bite. Often times, the bite must be adjusted a few times in order to really make it comfortable. This can take several weeks or even months before everything feels right with your permanent teeth. You are doing the right thing by keeping it clean with superfloss and a waterpik so good job on that. There is a fine balance of how much space to have by the gums. You want enough space to be able to clean it but not enough to always get food packed in there. The best thing you can do is to keep it clean but if it is really becoming a chore, speak with your doctor to see if anything can be changed.

                                                                                                                      I wish you all the best and eat some corn-on-the-cob for me!
                                                                                                                      Dr. Kyle Stanley

                                                                                                                    • It’s nice to know more about dental implant recovery. I love the fact that it only takes around 14 days to be fully healed. Compared to other surgeries, that is nothing.

                                                                                                                      • Perfect post for all. Some best tips in your post are very inspiring to me. I am very thankful to you and your post.

                                                                                                                        • I just received a full bottom implant and am pleased with results. Although it took more time than I would have liked (5+ months), it was the best option for me. I am experiencing some sensitivity to my real teeth now. I had a partial temporary implant waiting for full healing to take place. Now that all my real teeth have opposing teeth, which they haven’t had for some time, there is some sensitivity. Nothing major. Will it go away?

                                                                                                                            • Hi Carolyn,

                                                                                                                              I’m glad to hear your implants went well. It can be a long process but most patients agree it was well worth it! It is hard to tell if your sensitivity will go away because I don’t know the status of your upper teeth. If they are broken down and have had some bone loss, it could be putting a lot of pressure on these broken down teeth. If your upper teeth are stable, you may just need a bite adjustment which is common as the bite can shift a bit once you have implants. Take it easy and hopefully the sensitivity goes away. If it doesn’t, you should definitely go see your dentist to have it checked.
                                                                                                                              Dr. Kyle Stanley

                                                                                                                            • Very informative. I had full upper implants and 10 days later and 7 days of clydymyacin. I’m still in a lot of pain ,taking 600 mg of ibuprofen every 6 hrs but I’m in pain after 4 hrs . I don’t know if I need another round of antibiotics.

                                                                                                                                • Hi Karen,

                                                                                                                                  I’m sorry to hear you are still in pain. You may want to go back and see your doctor to have them check everything. It is normal to be in pain longer for full-arch treatment since there is more localized trauma to the tissues. They may be able to put you on a different pain medication or see what is causing the pain. Good luck!

                                                                                                                                • I am glad you told me that the process of getting dental implants and recovering takes around 2-4 months to be completed. I am going in to get my dental implants next week. Thank you for the information on how long it takes to recover from dental implants.

                                                                                                                                  • So here is my problem, I have advanced gum disease and have been told the only way is to pull all my teeth and go to dentures or implants. I have already had several on the top and some on the bottom pulled. Top teeth have been an issue for a long time, just ugly. Bottom teeth were loose and failing out. I really do not want to pull all my teeth but nobody is giving me any options. I realize that pulling my teeth would be a good option due to the gum disease, but should I not be given options. I really just want implants where the ones have been pulled and leave the rest. Yes, I know that it could create heart problems with gum disease, but here again should I not be able to make the decision on what is done.

                                                                                                                                      • Hi Margaret,

                                                                                                                                        I’m sorry to hear about your gum disease and losing teeth. It is always a difficult decision when our patients have to lose some teeth. I think the best way to approach it is to get all the information from your doctor and you make the decision. It sounds like most of the doctors are recommending removing the diseased teeth which is often the case when things have gone on a long time without any help but of course it is your decision to do what you want in your own mouth. The doctors can give you what they recommend but almost every treatment has options including doing nothing at all! Implants can be infected like natural teeth and when you place implants next to diseased teeth, they are more likely to fail which is why I’m guessing the other doctors don’t want to place implants with an active gum infection. I hope this helps!
                                                                                                                                        Dr. Kyle Stanley

                                                                                                                                      • It’s really great to hear that you heal fairly quickly and can have the sutures removed at around 14 days. This is a bit comforting to know that there isn’t a very long recovery process after getting oral surgery done. Hopefully, the doctor will give me a good suggestion for surgery and I’ll get it scheduled soon.

                                                                                                                                        • I am glad that you pointed out that getting a dental implant is a small producer and you can manage the pain with Ibuprofen. My father needs to get some dental implants this summer. However, he is allergic to more powerful forms of painkillers. So, it is good to know that he won’t have to worry about taking anything that will make him sick while recovering.

                                                                                                                                          • I had upper small front tooth implant done about a week ago. I now have to white canker sores in between gum & upper lip area with dark red irritation streak running between both sores. Could this be part of tissue healing after the Novocain needles & implant surgery or should I be concerned that this is start of a serious infection. I have been swishing my mouth with salt water which causes these white canker sores & red areas to burn badly. Feeling run down but thought just part of whole recovery process as I do have autoimmune issues.

                                                                                                                                              • Hi Anthony,

                                                                                                                                                I hope your surgery went well. If you are prone to mouth blisters, this could be a normal reaction to your body. Many of my patients that normally get sores, will have a reaction after a surgical procedure. It could also be a reaction to the injections or topical anesthetic used. Infection usually doesn’t show as an ulcer but it is possible. I would try to make an appointment with the doctor that did your surgery to have them take a look just to make sure all is well. Since you do have autoimmune issues, I would see this as a very normal thing for you.
                                                                                                                                                Dr. Kyle Stanley

                                                                                                                                              • I found it interesting that it takes more time for an implant to heal if you need to remove a failing tooth. This is the case for my little brother and he has been extremely nervous. How exactly does the typical procedure work, so that he can be more prepared and less stressed?

                                                                                                                                                  • Hi Bethany,

                                                                                                                                                    There are two ways to do it with a failing tooth. One way is to remove the tooth and place a bone and tissue graft and wait for the tooth site to heal and then go back in 6 months later to place the implant. There is also something called “immediate placement” where we can remove the tooth and place the implant the same day. This is not possible in all cases but can help to reduce the treatment time when applicable. Also, if your brother is stressed about the procedure, I would highly recommend doing sedation dentistry where he can go to sleep and wake up and have the procedure finished. This is the best way for my patients who are nervous about the procedure to do treatment.
                                                                                                                                                    -Dr. Kyle Stanley

                                                                                                                                                  • I recently discovered my tooth #12 was completely fractured; so unfortunate because it had only a small filling in it.
                                                                                                                                                    I saw a dentist, then the oral surgeon in the dental office.
                                                                                                                                                    Upon inspection by the oral surgeon, it was determined that I might be a candidate for an immediate implant, if feasible after analysis post extraction.
                                                                                                                                                    I was hesitant to do this procedure, but was “sold” on it when it was explained that not only the total time period to wait for a permanent crown would be much shorter, it would be beneficial to my gum, bone and tissues.
                                                                                                                                                    The whole process (initial exam, X-rays, extraction, implant) took only 2.5 hours, and probably could have been shorter had the implant itself been planned for in advance.
                                                                                                                                                    The procedure was two days ago, and I feel pretty good!
                                                                                                                                                    I have a bridge in another area of my mouth, and am now sorry I didn’t get an implant at that time.
                                                                                                                                                    BTW, I’m 74 years old.

                                                                                                                                                    • Thanks for this information about this. I have been meaning to go to the dentist for a month now but I have this fear that He’ll say that I need an implant. I am glad to hear that the recovery time is short though! That was my main concern!

                                                                                                                                                      • Hi all,
                                                                                                                                                        I am quite young (22) and had 4 implants placed on my upper this week. I was awake for the entire procedure and had localized anesthesia where the implants were being placed. I am on a medical career path so I found the opportunity to watch, ask questions, and participate in my surgery extremely interesting. I preferred being awake during the surgery because the drowsiness side effect and “sleeping for days” side effects were not there as I have experienced through IV sedation.

                                                                                                                                                        All in all I found Dr. Stanley’s post very informative. I was unaware that the first 6 weeks were the most crucial for the recovery period. Good to know! I did have a question regarding the range in duration (4-6 months) of full healing. What, if any, factors determine whether a patient is on the lower end or higher end of this spectrum? Are there any vitamins/minerals like calcium or Vit D that would help with osteoregeneration?

                                                                                                                                                          • Thanks Jess,

                                                                                                                                                            It usually depends on the density of the bone and the primary stability at the time of surgery. Your doctor should be able to determine where you fall on this timeline after the surgery is complete. Good luck with your implants!
                                                                                                                                                            -Dr. Stanley

                                                                                                                                                            • Yes, it is possible to place implants in most situations, however, there may be bone and tissue grafting involved to get the jaw bone back to a state that is large enough to place the implant in the correct 3D position.
                                                                                                                                                              Good luck!
                                                                                                                                                              Dr. Kyle Stanley

                                                                                                                                                            • I had an implant surgery on monday, the doctor sent me arcoxia 120mg i took once daily for 2 days. Couldnt take it anymore because ive been feeling so bad physically. I feel stifness in my arms and neck and chest. My hands turn really cold and i feel weird after i have a meal. Havent been eating much because of how i feel. The implant looks good no inflamation or so but im very scared because i dont understand why am i feeling like this as if i was going to die. My question is have you ever Heard about something like this? And what could it be and what can i do? I want to feel good again and i am very scared please help me

                                                                                                                                                                • Hello Cami,

                                                                                                                                                                  I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. Although Arcoxia does have some indication for being used as a pain relief after minor dental surgery, I personally do not prescribe it. I usually give my patients medications such as Ibuprofen and sometimes a narcotic such as Norco to help with their pain after the procedure. I would recommend you call your dentist and perhaps your medical doctor as well to see if they can put you on another medication to keep your pain under control and make you feel better. I wish you all the best!
                                                                                                                                                                  -Dr. Kyle Stanley

                                                                                                                                                                • That is great that an implant is a procedure with a short recovery time. My dad has been wondering about getting an implant but didn’t know how long the recovery time would be. I’m glad it can be a short recovery time. I will have to let him know.

                                                                                                                                                                  • I’m deciding if I should have dental implants. It makes sense that there would be a recovery period after having them put in! The fact that it’s so short is definitely a perk. I might need to see if I can get some!

                                                                                                                                                                    • I’m having a full upper implant all on four done. I’m using my current dentures until the implants heal. Is this good to do. And if so, will it hurt when I put them in after the procedure. I’m not sure if it will tear the stitches out when I remove my denture .

                                                                                                                                                                        • This is an ok way to do it. I personally like to attach the denture to the implants at the time of surgery to avoid pressure induced failing of the implants under the denture. After the procedure, yes it will probably be pretty sore so it may hurt a bit to put your dentures in. You won’t be able to use any glue after the procedure due to the stitches.

                                                                                                                                                                          Is there a reason why the doctor isn’t attaching the teeth to the implants at the time of surgery? Everyone has their own way of doing things but I have personally had more failures when I wait to attach the teeth and have the denture banging on the implants underneath the gums or in healing abutments.
                                                                                                                                                                          -Dr. Stanley

                                                                                                                                                                        • I had full implant surgery upper and lower 5 months ago. I’m 57 and have had dentures since I was 20. I’m having severe pain in my upper jaw and cheeks. Every time I go back to my surgeon they take scans and say they don’t see any problems. My implants are not loose but the pain is spreading and increasing. Cold mornings are especially bad. I go back to my surgeon in a couple days for fitting my permanent set of implants. But right now I need to know whats wrong. Any ideas are greatly appreciated

                                                                                                                                                                            • Hello Wade,

                                                                                                                                                                              It is difficult for me to see what the problem is without seeing your radiographs and seeing you in person. It is rare for implants to hurt after a few weeks since they usually have no pain at all once they are healed. There is a chance you could have some implants failing or maybe you are simply having some tissue pain. I look forward to hearing how you are doing and hope that everything went well for you with your teeth! Keep us posted.
                                                                                                                                                                              Dr. Stanley

                                                                                                                                                                            • I didn’t know that the surgical component of tooth implants requires time to heal. My sister lost her tooth when we went swimming yesterday. My mom suggested having tooth implants

                                                                                                                                                                              • I am having a full set of top and bottom implants. My question is eating after the surgery. I have read where I will not be able to chew foods for months. Is this true and if so for how long. I will be getting my teeth the same day. I will also be getting bone grafts as well. Thanks so much.

                                                                                                                                                                                  • It takes a few weeks for the bone to integrate with the implants. In these first few weeks, it is best to not chew anything hard or crunchy. Soft foods are better such as eggs, yogurt, vegetables, etc. These first 6 weeks are the most important so please be careful to be able to have long-term success!
                                                                                                                                                                                    Dr Stanley

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hello. I have a retained baby tooth that needs to be extracted because it has some decay, but no infection. I will need an immediate single tooth implant with bone grafting in the socket. If I take a large dose of antibiotics before the procedure, are antibiotics after the procedure necessary? Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Hello Marty,

                                                                                                                                                                                        This is a great question! The research shows that cases with no antibiotics had a 92 % success rate, cases with pre-op antibiotic alone had a 96% success rate, cases with post-op antibiotic alone had a 97% success rate and cases with both pre and post-op antibiotic had a success rate of 96%. By taking antibiotics in some form, you will reduce the chances of implant failure by 4-5%. Although some people see this research and say “if I have a 90% success rate if I take them or not, I will not take the antibiotics.” If I were having a dental implant in my own mouth, I would take the antibiotics.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the question,
                                                                                                                                                                                        Dr. Stanley

                                                                                                                                                                                      • I did my implants like 1 week ago and after that the stitches come out and it hot heal a little bit. My question is that how long does it take to heal the cut of implants?

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hello Farman,

                                                                                                                                                                                            Usually, the tissue around the implants takes about 6 weeks to fully get mature.

                                                                                                                                                                                          • I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody
                                                                                                                                                                                            else know such detailed about my difficulty. You are amazing!
                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                            • My husband is about to have some dental implants put in and I am wanting to know more about the recovery process before we make the appointment. It’s good to know that when it comes to the medication that traditional ibuprofen will be okay for him to take. This is something that we will have to remember just in case the pain he has is a little more then he can handle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hi
                                                                                                                                                                                                  You don’t mention your husbands age or his pain level tolerance. I first had bone grafts in two areas where I plan to have implants
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yesterday, the first implant surgery was done for two teeth and a bit more bone graft was needed
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am a 68 year old female with a low to moderate tolerance for pain
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I did not have IV sedation for the procedure
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I took one rx 5mg Valium and lots of novacaine shots (about 6 to start and another 4 during)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Before the novacaine wore off I took one Rx Percocet and antibiotic
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I needed Percocet every 4-5 hrs after surgery
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rested on sofa and slept a bit
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today I took one full dose Perc at 8am but only needed 1/2 dose during the day and 1/2 in the evening. About 24 hrs after surgery I had significant swelling of the entire side of my face where implants were placed. I used ice after procedure all day yesterday and today 20 min on and off. I could only tolerate liquids.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was told swelling will be worse tomorrow and then taper off. Bruising has not started yet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is difficult to speak clearly the first day and my throat and jaw was sore. The surgery took about 2-1/2 hrs. If no IV sedation, the Valium will relax him but he should remember to breathe normally and be sure to let surgeon know if he has any pain whatsoever and they will give more novacaine & he will not feel the shot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  He will be unsteady when he gets up from chair and someone should take him home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Driving or using public transportation is not recommended. Also bending, lifting or moving fast is not an option. Healing time is different for everyone but other than swelling and some bruising he should be ok within 3-5 days to resume most normal activities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I hope this helps

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hi Judy,

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It sounds like your implant procedure was a little more extensive and required some bone grafting as well. Anytime there is more tissue or bone grafting done, there will always be more pain, bleeding, and swelling. Most of our patients who simply have an implant placed, only take Ibuprofen and possibly a Norco 5/325 here and there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • I am scared for second surgery had first one 27 second I know it will hurt what is the tottally. Recovering for th abundment surgery

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Karen,

                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Uncovering” or “abutment surgery” is usually a very quick surgery where the gums up moved to expose the implant so that the restorative process can be started. Most patients only take some ibuprofen and are sore for a day or two. This should be a quick surgery with very little downtime unless an additional tissue graft is planned or something else that I don’t know of. Good luck with the surgery!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • really interesting a d very helpful. Allowed for better and informed decision making regarding titanium against zirconia

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Can I go running after getting a full set of implants? I am 53 and cannot bear it that am facing this because teeth have been left to die

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Yes, you can run but I would want a few weeks. Make sure to let your body heal itself! This is hard for many people who exercise daily but you have to take a break and not overload your body with stress. This will allow a better chance of the implants to survive. It is only a few weeks out of your life and could be very important for your smile. You can work on your 6-pack after you’re healed =).