Tooth implants restore missing teeth such that you have artificial teeth that feel natural and do not interfere with speaking and eating. Despite the health, functionality, and aesthetic benefits that come with dental implants, many people have concerns, especially when it comes to what to expect before, during, and after receiving the implants. Many patients would want to know how long it would take for them to get their dental implants.
A Multistep Process
Getting tooth implants is considered a multistep procedure. Several appointments are needed over the course of several months to have a fully functional tooth replacement. Some appointments are, however, short and routine and you just spend a few hours. Others are longer, taking you an hour or several.
A consultation is often the first step to receiving dental implants. It involves a preliminary examination of the teeth or even removing any damaged teeth so that you prepare for the implants. Also, depending on the period you have stayed without teeth, you may require a bone graft so as to prep the jaw to heal smoothly around the implant.
After the jaw and surrounding teeth are determined to be in proper condition, a dentist can perform surgery to position the screw that supports the implant. A healing period is needed to allow the bone to integrate and bond with the screw. It would require about 3 to 6 months. The healing of the bone is paramount for a successful tooth replacement procedure.
The Length of the Process
It could take as short as a couple of weeks or as long as several months to have the tooth replacement procedure completed. Each patient is different, and so is the length of the process. Your overall health as well as the number of teeth will determine the length of the tooth replacement process.
Also, the types of teeth needing replacement and whether any of your natural teeth will be extracted are other factors that influence the length of the process. Additionally, getting a bone graft performed first before implant placement also affects the implant process. Our dentist will provide an estimated timeframe for the procedure.
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