It may surprise you how short it can be in favourable circumstances. In case of a single tooth implant there is usually no downtime and you can return to work or your daily activities the very next day. You might experience some discomfort or slight pain for a few hours after the surgery. This can be easily dealt with using over-the-counter painkillers. Some patients do not even need medications. This is highly individual matter as different patients have different pain threshold.
Luckily for you, implant tooth surgery is a straightforward and nearly painless procedure. The exception is when you have multiple extractions and/or multiple implants placed. Then the surgeon may recommend a few days of rest as some pain, swelling and puffiness may occur.
As far as diet is concerned, it is recommended to maintain a soft or liquid diet for 3-5 days and then move on to normal diet whenever you feel comfortable. After this time you should not experience any discomfort. Now it is time for osseointegration. The implant-bone integration process takes about 4-6 months. The top jaw is usually a bit slower than the bottom jaw. During this time your implant will be topped with a screw-like healing abutment, so you will be able to function and eat as normal. Although it seems like a lengthy period of time involved, bear in mind that teeth implants are permanent replacement. 6 months is nothing compared to strong, natural-looking teeth for life. You should not rush here. Proper implant healing is necessary for long-term success of the treatment.