When you’re considering getting dental implants over other options, it’s good to think about the time it will take to get the results you want from your implants and if they are actually compatible with you. Unlike dentures that you can simply have quickly made after one or two appointments, dental implants require intricate design, placement, and planning over a period of months.
Before you invest your time and money into dental implants, be sure to stay educated on the process behind their placement. The dental implant planning process can be broken down into three major sections: the planning period where molds are taken of your teeth, the implant root installment (including the abutment), and the crown installation. Each of these steps also require smaller tasks to be fulfilled in between and often coordinate with a period of healing to give your surgical area time to rest as well as to prevent infection from occurring. The following content provides a guideline for patients to follow who wish to learn more about the time frame of entire dental implant process, so you can prepare well in advance before blindly going into surgery with false expectations.
According to Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, the first part of the dental implant process is gathering information about the patient’s current dental health by having the patient partake in several planning appointments at the clinic. During these dental implant planning sessions, your dentist will gather x-rays of your teeth, conduct visual examinations, and consult with your about your options moving forward. This step is extremely important in determining what types of implants you will need as well as what types of materials work best in being compatible with your body. For instance, some people are allergic to certain types of metals and might require alternatives.
These initial visits can take anywhere from a period of a couple of weeks to months depending on your individual circumstances. Consult with your local dental health professional to learn more.
“The dental implant process can be divided into 3 phases and could take up to 7 months to complete.
Initial Phase – Pre-surgical Evaluation and Planning
This phase will occur in one or multiple appointments over a period of time. If a tooth removal is required, an additional procedure called bone graft may need to be performed. We will also need a CT scan on your impacted tooth. For your convenience, CT scans can now be performed in our office onsite. The purpose of a CT scan is to give us a more precise view of your tooth and thus, allows us to create a treatment plan that is customized just for you. Our office will also take impressions and photos of your teeth at the same time.”
The actual implant procedure and healing process will generally take the longest amount of time out of the entire dental implant process. Below, BenchMark Dental discusses this step as well as what to expect during the procedure. You should consider that this step involves surgery and a post-operation healing process that must be completed before moving on to placing the crown on the implant. The healing process will vary depending on how well you care for your teeth and implant after surgery as well as a number of other factors.
“In Phase 2, the artificial root is placed in the bone and allowed to heal. The procedure itself takes 1 to 2 hours and the healing time is 3 to 6 months. During this time the titanium alloy (the same material used in joint replacement) implant will heal around and merge with the surrounding bone tissue. No other load bearing medical implant has as rapid healing or recovery times.”
In the following article, ADVANCED DENTAL describes the process that must occur prior to placing the crown portion of a dental implant on the root and abutment. This process is called osseointegration and is a mandatory step in any dental implant installation. Although it is clear that your gums, jawbone, and other surrounding features will need time to heal after the initial placement of a dental implant’s root, the process of osseointegration might not seem so obvious. You should take care to schedule regular appointments with your dental surgeon after surgery to monitor your healing status and look out for potential issues before they interfere with your dental health.
“OSSEOINTEGRATION MUST OCCUR BEFORE PLACING THE CROWN
Enough time must pass in order for osseointegration to occur. Osseointegration refers to the process in which the functional and structural connection occurs between bone that is living and the surface of the implant. The bone essentially fuses directly to the implant to prove enough stability to support a tooth. We will then place the dental implant within the bone in order to replace part of the root of the tooth.
Once this occurs, several months must pass for osseointegration to take place. Osseointegration typically takes around four to six months to complete. Once osseointegration occurs, we can attach the dental crown to the tooth, allowing the patient to chew on the implant without any issue.”
For more information about planning for a dental implant procedure or its general time frame, reach out to a staff member at All-In-One Dental Innovations! Call us today at (925) 828-9811 to schedule your next consultation now!