NORTHEAST TEXAS PERIODONTAL SPECIALISTS
Nathan E. Hodges, DDS, MS
Kimberly D. Sheppard, DDS, MS

How Long Do Dental Implants Take?

For patients who are considering dental implants rockwall texas, there can be a wide range of time estimates for completing the procedure. While the prosthetic teeth and implants can often be placed on the same day, with the “all-on-4” or “teeth in a day” procedure, the standard procedure typically takes a few months to complete. In addition, not all patients are ideal candidates for implants, or may require an additional procedure such as bone grafting prior to the placement of the implant. In order to accurately define how long the implants process typically takes to complete, it is important to first understand the implant process.

Examination Dental Implants

Following the initial consultation to discuss implants, the dentist will complete a thorough oral examination of the mouth, gums and teeth. This exam will typically include obtaining X-rays and 3D imaging in some cases. This information in helpful for the dentist to evaluate the overall status of the patient’s oral health and gauge what all is required for the implant procedure. This information is also used to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

Implant Surgery

For patients who lack the necessary bone structure to support the implant, a bone graft may be needed prior to the placement of the implant. In most cases, the next phase of the process involves the placement of the titanium implant into the jawbone. This surgical procedure typically takes an hour or two for each implant being placed. Once this step is complete, a temporary crown is sometimes placed at the time of the implant placement but is often times delayed to allow for the bone to heal to the implant.

Recovery

While there may be some minor swelling and bruising following the implant placement, there is not a set recovery time and most patients are able to return to work and their routine activities after a few days. The recovery time as it relates to dental implants involves the process of the implant fusing to the bone. Once fused, this creates an exceptionally strong platform for the prosthetic tooth. The estimated time for this step of the process can vary. Many patients require about 6-8 weeks to allow the implant to fuse to the bone. While other it may take closer to 12 weeks for other patients.

Abutment and Crown

Once the bone fusion process is complete and gum has healed, the next step of the procedure is placing the abutment. The abutment acts as a connector between the titanium implant and the permanent porcelain crown. Once the implant and abutment are placed, the permanent crown is then either screwed or cemented into place. This is often completed at the same time as the placement of the abutment. However, some patients complete the abutment and crown placement in two separate visits.

In summary, the entire implant process includes the following steps: an initial consultation, a thorough examination, implant placement surgery, placement of the abutment, and finally the placement of the crown. The complete implant procedure typically takes approximately three to nine months. The timeline depends on variables including the health of the patient and the timeline for the implant to fuse to the bone and for the gum to heal. Any additional procedures must be completed prior to the placement of the implant and may extend the overall time to complete the procedure.

Follow up with a dentist today to schedule an appointment and discuss if you may be a good candidate for dental implants.

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