How Long Does the Dental Implant Placement Take?

by Dental-Pedia

Dental implants replace the root structures of your missing teeth, providing a firm base for the prosthetic crown or bridge. Once the implant has bonded with your bone tissues, it looks, functions, and feels like your actual tooth. As such, dental implants are the best teeth replacement option available — far better than dentures, crown-supported bridges, etc. However, the primary concern with dental implants is the length of the process.

Admittedly, getting dental implants is a long endeavor necessitating multiple dentist visits and long recovery periods. You have to undergo dental implant surgery, followed by a long recovery period wherein the implant bonds with your bone tissues. In some cases, you may also need preliminary procedures to prepare for the implants, such as bone grafting. The time certainly stacks up.



This article provides a rough timeline of the different aspects of your dental implant process.

Dental Implant Surgery

1 Hour per Implant

The dental implant surgery is fairly short, performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. It usually takes less than an hour per implant, so you may need longer procedures or multiple sessions if you need multiple implants. You can resume most of your daily activities a day or two after the surgery. You’ll also have another in-office session in about six months to receive the abutment, crown, bridge, etc., depending on your specific goals.

Osseointegration

3 to 6 Months

Osseointegration is the natural process whereby the jawbone tissues gradually heal around the newly planted implant. Over time, as the bone tissues bond with the implant surface, the dental implant becomes a part of your oral anatomy, indistinguishable from actual teeth roots. However, the osseointegration process takes 3 to 6 months, depending on your body’s natural healing capabilities. Once the osseointegration is complete, you can get your permanent prosthetics.

Bone Grafting (If Necessary)

3 to 4 Months

Bone grafting isn’t necessary for all dental implant treatments, but it may be suitable for some patients, especially those who get implants several years after losing their teeth. Bone grafting is necessary when you don’t have sufficient jawbone tissues to anchor the implant. As such, before you get an implant, the dental surgeon will plant a bone grafting material at the implant site to encourage bone regeneration. Your jawbone grows sufficiently in 3 to 4 months, following which you can proceed with dental implants.

Other Treatments (If Necessary)

Depends

You must have optimal oral health if you want dental implants. Cavities, gum disease, periodontitis, and other oral health conditions increase the risk of implant failure. As such, your dentist will treat the underlying oral health conditions before providing dental implants. This might delay the dental implant process by another couple of weeks or months, depending on the level of damage.


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 *Please note that the timeline mentioned above is extremely flexible. Your dental implant process may follow a completely different timeline due to your body’s healing rate, underlying health conditions, the surgical plan, the type of dental implant used   (titanium or ceramic), the type of restoration used (crowns, bridges, or dentures), and other factors. While dental implants require considerable time, the wait is always worth it.
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