Full mouth reconstruction can give you a healthy, functional smile, but how long will the recovery take? The timeline looks different for everyone because no two treatments are the same. Your dentist will explain how long your recovery will take, but here’s what you can expect with the most common full mouth rehabilitation procedures.
Amalgam fillings have been used for generations, but composite resin is the most preferred option. Tooth-colored fillings blend in with enamel for naturally-looking results. Fillings can be placed in a single appointment, and you can resume your regular activities on the same day.
Crowns and Bridges
Modern crowns and bridges are made of all-ceramic materials to look like real teeth, which take 2 appointments. Preparatory procedures and impressions are performed during the first visit, and you may be fitted with a temporary restoration. After receiving your bridge or crown during your second appointment, you may have a little tenderness for a few days, so you will want to eat softer foods to minimize any discomfort.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy extracts the inner layer of a tooth called pulp to save it from needing to be removed. A root canal is performed in a single appointment, but it’s not unusual to require a dental crown. Your mouth might be a little sore, but you can manage it with an OTC pain reliever.
Whether a simple or surgical extraction, you can expect pain, swelling, and bruising for about 3 or 4 days. An OTC pain reliever and cold compress will help keep you comfortable during your recovery. Your dentist will review any additional aftercare instructions, like eating softer foods, not drinking with a straw, and limiting your activities. It’s best to skip smoking or drinking alcohol, which can increase your risk of delayed healing.
Placing dental implants involves a multi-step treatment process that can take several months to complete. The recovery from implant placement surgery is similar to that of an extraction. Although pain and swelling will improve in about a week, it will take several months for your jaw to heal. After your bone fuses to the post, a minor procedure is needed to attach an abutment to the implant. It will take about 2 weeks for your gum tissue to heal before your restoration is attached. It can take a couple of days to adjust to your dental implants, but they’ll soon feel like your real teeth.
Following your dentist’s aftercare instructions and keeping your mouth clean will promote a quick recovery. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and eat nutritious foods to avoid any healing delays. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.
About Dr. James Candon
Dr. Candon earned his dental degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and has completed advanced education in specialty services, like general dentistry. He strives to help each patient achieve their best smile using up-to-date solutions. If you are ready to rebuild a beautiful smile, contact our office today to request your consultation.