An Overview Of The Timeline
Wondering how long a dental implant procedure takes? The answer varies for each patient. However, it usually takes somewhere between 3-12 months for the implant process to be completed, based on your particular case.
One may wonder as to why does it take so long, and if it is worth waiting for the results? We’ll endeavour to answer those queries by discussing the basics of the dental implant process and timeline, and help you understand everything you need to know about single tooth implants.
Initial Consultation & Preparation
To begin the dental implant process, you’ll need an initial consultation with a periodontist at Central Periodontics & Dental Implants. At this consultation, your periodontist will determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implant surgery. Your periodontist will use x-rays and digital imaging to examine your mouth, and conduct a comprehensive oral exam to check the health of your gum tissue and jaw bone tissue to ensure your mouth is healthy enough for placement of an implant.
Depending on your case, even if you have been approved for an implant, you may need pre-implant surgery. For example, if you do not have enough bone in your jaw, implants may not be right for you unless you get a bone graft.
Depending on the amount of your bone, you may need bone grafting (lower jaw) or a sinus lift (upper jaw) to strengthen your jaw bone, and ensure that it is strong enough to hold a dental implant. You may also need a tooth extraction or alveoloplasty (jawbone smoothing) It may take several months, ranging anywhere from 3-9 months for full healing post these procedures before you can proceed to the placement of the dental implant.
Dental Implant Surgery & Initial Healing
Your dental implants will be placed into your jaw and gum tissue based on your treatment plan from Central Periodontics & Dental Implants. Just like any surgery, there will be a short healing and recovery process that you’ll need to go through, after your implant is placed. The initial healing takes a period of around 1-2 weeks.
Osseointegration & Abutment/Restoration Placement
You will need to wait between 3-6 months to have your false tooth (crown) screwed into the implant, with an abutment. This is due to the “osseointegration” process, in which the titanium dental implant bonds with the jaw bone in your mouth. This ensures that your replacement teeth won’t move, and allows your implant to function as an artificial root.
Once it is established that your mouth has healed completely, your crown will be screwed onto your implant, completing the procedure. If you have a very healthy mouth and your jaw bone heals quickly, you could get a dental implant in just 3-4 months. But if it takes longer to heal and you need additional pre-treatment surgeries like tooth extractions or bone grafting, it may take up to 6-12 months. Each case varies.
Post-implant maintenance is a very crucial part of your treatment. You’ll need to make sure that you take proper care of your replacement teeth. After your implant has been placed and finished with a dental crown, you will need to make sure that you brush and floss at least twice per day. Nothing replaces tooth brushing and flossing – it’s always important, even for implants. Treat your implant just like a natural tooth, and make sure you clean it properly and keep it healthy.
In addition, you should see the team at Central Periodontics & Dental Implants for a consultation every six months. We’ll clean your natural teeth and your implants, and keep an eye on your implants to make sure that they are looking strong, healthy, and free of common complications.
Know What To Expect When Getting Dental Implants In Canberra!
For a better estimate as to how long your implant will take, and to get a quote for the implant placement procedure, you can contact Central Periodontics and Dental Implants now. We don’t require referrals, and new patients are always welcome. Give us a call now at 02 6247 6555 to get started.
*Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.