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Dental implants provide significant advantages to your health, quality of life and comfort. While dental implants involve a strategic yet straightforward oral surgery, the recovery and healing process after surgery is paramount. In fact, the long-term success of your dental implant is based on the healing of the implant and its ability to properly fuse to the underlying bone after surgery. Therefore, it is important that you have a full understanding about what you can expect during your dental implant recovery, including after-care instructions and timing.

What to Expect After Dental Implant Surgery

Patients should expect some mild discomfort for the first couple of days after dental implant surgery. Swelling and minor bleeding are also normal for the first 2-3 days. However, symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter (or prescribed) pain medications, a cold compress and adhering to the post-operative instructions outlined by your implant dentist. The following recommendations are typically given in the beginning for a smooth and uncomplicated recovery:

  • Stick to a soft-foods diet
  • Avoid hot foods and drinks
  • Absolutely NO smoking
  • Do NOT use a straw
  • Avoid strenuous activity
  • Continue oral hygiene routine
  • Follow mouth rinse instructions

There will be specific timelines for the above-mentioned guidelines depending on your unique dental implant case. In general, patients find that their mouth begins to feel normal after the first full week, or when the inflammation and pain has subsided. This will also be a time in which your risk for infection is greatly reduced. If you have questions about what is normal and what is not, always reach out to your dentist. The healing process is critical to the success of the implant and the protection of your restorative dentistry investment, so do not be afraid to ask questions or bring up your concerns.

How Long Will Implant Recovery Take?

Many patients want to know just how long their downtime will be after getting dental implants. The answer is not straightforward. Every patient brings a unique situation and specific clinical needs. In addition, dental implants involve several steps, including implant surgery and implant restoration placement. Some patients may also need an extraction and/or bone grafting. Therefore, your proposed downtime after getting dental implants will be based on several factors, such as the following:

  • Your age
  • The status of your overall health
  • Your compliance with not smoking
  • Proper management of diabetes or other medical conditions
  • How many dental implants are needed
  • The location of the implants within your mouth
  • Needed tooth extraction
  • Bone grafting prior to implant placement

In general, patients who only need a single dental implant usually return to work the very next day. Multiple implants may require a few days of downtime. As expected, older patients heal slower than younger ones. Likewise, those who smoke or have uncontrolled diabetes can expect a longer and potentially more complicated healing period. The upper arch of teeth may heal slower than the bottom. In addition, a bone graft can also prolong the process.

Your downtime after dental implants shouldn’t be unbearable. In fact, most patients only deal with temporary soreness. You will be asked to stick to a soft foods diet for a period of time. Following your dentist’s orders after implant surgery is very important, as the healing and osseointegration phase of your dental implants is by far the most critical to your long-term success. Overall, dental implants can completely heal in about 4-6 months.

Learn More From an Implant Dentist

At Group Health Dental, we strive to inform patients as much as possible in terms of what to expect with getting dental implants. We do this based on your individual situation. We also understand that life is busy and demanding and that downtime is a valid consideration. You can trust that we will use our skill and expertise in implant dentistry to minimize the discomfort and downtime of your recovery process as much as possible. When facing dental implant surgery, keep in mind that you are making a temporary sacrifice for a lifetime of a confident, healthy smile! Call our New York office today to schedule your consult.  

Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental

230 W 41st St, Second Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 398-9690


Monday - Friday - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Our Patient Reviews

Group Health Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 67 reviews

Karlee L.

VERY PLEASANT AND LOOKING FORWARD TO MY NEXT VISIT! This dental office was bright and warm from the moment I walked in. The young ladies there were friendly and very pleasant. They offered me a choice of beverage while explaining the online form enrollment process. My xray technician was very pleasant and went through a set of 18(!) x-rays using this new low-radiation equipment. It was a very painless process that went very quickly considering what it would normally take using the old way of taking individual bite-wings. Dr. Vazquez was also very pleasant as she patiently explained her observations of my x-rays.Afterward I sat down for my cleaning with Marcielle (spelling ?) - who was another round of pleasant service as she cleaned and polished my teeth. NO PAIN AT ALL! :) This office has a happy bright orange color theme which immediately adds to the very comforting and cheerful ambiance all around. All I can say is I highly recommend the staff here - they are so ready to deliver service with a smile!

Anita P.

When I stepped foot into the door at this dental office I was terrified because of my previous experiences in other dental offices. I had no choice but to come and get my teeth fixed so I made an appointment. I was warmly welcomed at the front desk and when I told the front desk how terrified I was of being there it was amazing how nice and supportive the ladies were. When I went in for x-rays the technician was amazing as she spoke to me and made me smile. The hygienist was amazing as she had to work hard to clean my teeth and she made me feel so comfortable and I had literally no fear what s ever. My fear was gone. As I saw the dentist I was amazed at her knowledge and he comfort and patience as she worked on me and advised me as to what I needed. I love this place and my fear of dentists is actually gone to the point that I already made two appointments for the rest of the work to be done. Thank you so much for making me feel so comfortable and part of your family as I was surrounded with people who actually cared about me and my feelings and who made me feel better. Thank you soooooooo much.

Olivia L.

Wow just started about 2 weeks ago and I must tell you that my experience was pleasant. I know how could this be possible. They were professional and attentive. The wait time is so short I could not believe it. They are knowledgeable and really work with you and your situation. Not looking to make that buck like so many others I have been to. I felt comfortable which has never been the case. The place is clean and covers a lot of dental work under one roof. I must say it is the best place I have been in years. They get my vote and I will be returning to continue my needed work !!

Dalit A.

I had an appointment with Dr. Concencion and got feedback on why I was there, which was for my concern about a tooth that had trauma to it years ago. I got a full exam that included full mouth x-rays and a cleaning. The receptionists, x-ray technician, dental hygienist, and dentist were all very friendly and pleasant to be around. It was really the most welcoming and comforting experience I've ever had at a dentist's office. I found it a little strange that I have to schedule a consultation with the endodontist to discuss my tooth that I am concerned about, but then again I don't know much about these things and actually do trust that they were being genuine about the medical advice I was given (which is usually not my feeling as a new patient at a dentist's office).


I first went to Group Health Dental at the beginning of 2015 for a root canal. My original dentist wanted to only do certain procedures because he didn't feel it was worth it financially since I have union coverage. He actually told me this to my face. He left me in tremendous pain and I even had to demand antibiotics. I was referred to Group Health by someone else but they were not able to help me because I was too swollen and they did not have an oral surgeon. I went elsewhere to have the tooth extracted since the infection was too severe for the tooth to be saved. Months later, I still needed work since I since never went back to the original dentist. I decided to take a chance with Group Health Dental and I am so glad I did. I walked in the door terrified from my experiences elsewhere but EVERYONE, from the young ladies at reception, the dental hygenist, exray technician, root canal specialist, dentist, his assistant and even the young ladies taking your payment made it an amazing experience for me. Pleasant, caring, gentle and professional people in a clean and pleasing atmosphere. I purposefully waited until all the work was done and waited an additional week to make sure the new work wasn't bothering me to write this review. If I could give them ten stars, I would. Group Health Dental rocks!!! :-) :-) :-)

Romairy L.

I was one of those people that dreaded going to the dentist, but after I started going to Group Health Dental in Midtown, I met Dr. Benito and everything changed. Now I am one of those people who actually looks forward to her dentist appointments. He and his assistant have rake in the street which causes both of them to always be in a great mood and they always are happy to see you. He always makes me laugh, and I mean always. Dr. Bonito and Esmira ( his assistant) are wonderful. they always make sure you're completely satisfied with their work, they're very attentive and always make time to see you when you have an emergency or need to speak with them. Now going to the dentist is one of those things that I post about on Facebook because I always come back with a new story or a new joke to tell after my visit to Dr. Benito and Esmira. If you want to have a dentist that feels more like visiting a friend than getting work done, you need to try Dr. Benito. #mydentistisbetterthanyours!!!

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