How Long Do Dental Implants Take?

Having a missing tooth or teeth can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable experience for many people. Dental implants are a great option to replace them, but you may be wondering about how long the procedure takes. It varies based on your specific circumstances. This includes the procedure type and the number of implants required. This article will explain what goes into having a dental implant done, how long it usually takes, and any other factors that could impact the time you get your new smile.

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant, composed of titanium, is inserted into your jawbone to serve as a permanent artificial tooth root and support a replacement tooth. The implanted post acts as a base for either a single or multiple crowns. They have the appearance and texture of natural teeth and offer better stability when compared to alternative dental restorations, such as bridges or dentures.

Who Is Suitable for Dental Implants?

Generally speaking, people with good overall health and healthy gums may be suitable candidates for the procedure, but there are other contributing factors too. For instance, factors like age, medical records and choices in lifestyle can affect whether someone is suitable or not. So it’s important to speak with a local dental clinic if you’re considering dental implants as an option for replacing missing teeth.

What Are The Types of Dental Implants?

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Endosteal (in-the-bone) and subperiosteal (on-the-bone) implants are the two most common types of dental implant procedures. Endosteal implants involve placing small posts directly into the jawbone beneath your gums, where they will eventually fuse together with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Subperiosteal implants involve placing metal frames onto your jaw bone just below your gum line, where artificial teeth are then attached to them over time. Both types have their advantages, but endosteal implants typically offer greater stability than subperiosteal ones since they are fused directly into the bone structure once healed.

What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants?

There are many benefits to opting for dental implants instead of bridges or dentures. Unlike other treatments, they have a more natural look and feel, let you eat normally without any special care and can endure a lifetime with proper care. Additionally, they help maintain a healthy jawbone structure which could prevent further tooth and bone loss due to gum disease or decay. Plus, unlike dentures, they won’t slip out of place!

How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Usually Take?

The dental implant procedure typically includes several steps, including:

  1. Initial consultation:

To decide whether dental implant surgery is really appropriate for you, your dentist will assess your medical history and your oral health. If so, your implant dentist will discuss any risks associated with the procedure and develop an individualised treatment plan for you.

  1. Bone grafting:

A procedure is carried out to establish a sturdier base for implants wherein healthy tissue from another body part or a donor is transplanted into the jawbone. This step can take several months before it fully integrates into the surrounding bone structure and is ready for use as part of an implant-supported restoration.

  1. Implant placement:

After all necessary preparation work has been completed, your dentist will place one or more titanium posts in your jawbone during this surgical visit. The process duration differs based on the number of implants placed, from 30 minutes to two hours per arch (upper/lower).

  1. Healing period :

After placement of the post(s), there will be a healing period ranging from three to six months while osseointegration occurs between them and surrounding tissues. During this time frame, no further procedures can be done until the integration of implant post is complete; however, aftercare instructions, such as avoiding certain foods, should still be followed during this time frame by patients despite no active treatment taking place at that moment.

  1. Final restoration placement:
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After osseointegration has taken place successfully between posts/tissue structures, impressions are taken, which will help create custom restorations such as dental crowns or bridges designed specifically according to the patient’s needs. These prostheses often feature natural-looking materials like porcelain, ceramic, zirconia etc., making them indistinguishable from other natural teeth. Depending on the complexity involved in designing these prostheses, final restorations may need additional two weeks up until several months before they can be inserted into the patient’s mouth, completing the overall dental implant placement process.

Factors That Can Affect How Long Your Procedure Will Take

The length of time it takes a dental practitioner to complete a dental implant procedure can vary greatly depending on one’s unique circumstances, such as:

  1. Number Of Implants Needed:

Although the process of replacing a single tooth usually takes less than three months, preparing for the replacement of multiple teeth can be more time-consuming. Additional procedures may be necessary, such as multiple X-rays or CT scans at various stages throughout the treatment. This could result in a longer process to ensure optimal results. Additionally, if you already have existing bridgework or dentures, then it may be necessary for these to be removed prior to starting any surgery so that further appointments may need scheduling beforehand too!

  1.  Bone Graft:

If there is not enough healthy jawbone available for successful integration of implant post, it might be necessary to perform what’s known as a “bone graft”, whereby synthetic material is used in order to fill out areas lacking sufficient tissue volume before beginning any surgery involving implanting posts into those areas. This could potentially add several weeks onto your treatment plan, depending on how much work needs to be done here first!

  1. Type Of Surgery:

As previously, there are two primary surgical options when it comes to dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal procedures tend to take slightly longer because, after placement, there must wait for osseointegration between post/implant material and surrounding bone tissue to occur naturally over a waiting period of several months before attaching artificial dental crown/bridge work upon completion. On average, this timeline should remain within the 3 – 9 month range; however, depending on individual circumstances, it may exceed this expected window due to unforeseen complications arising at any time during the treatment period!

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  1. Surgical Or Invasive Procedure Risks:

Like all surgical procedures, invasive treatments are not without risk, such as infection and potential damage to surrounding tissues etc.; while rare cases exist where these issues might occur, they should not deter anyone from considering getting properly fitted replacements for their missing natural/original teeth via use modern day technology advancements available within the field today!

Conclusion:

At our clinic, we recognise the significance of your time and work with each individual to ensure their implant journey is as efficient as possible. While the typical timeline for dental implants ranges from four to six months, some cases may take even longer, depending on individual circumstances. Therefore, we cordially invite you to contact us so we can deliberate your choices and offer a precise prognosis of your dental implant process timeline. Choosing dental implants is a big decision, but with the right care team, it can be a smooth and stress-free process!

Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

References

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dental-implant-surgery/about/pac-20384622

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/10903-dental-implants