What is Average Cost for a Dental Implant?
Patients interested in dental implants or a dental implant denture understandably have many questions before sitting down in the dentist chair. One of the questions we hear most often, is ‘how long do dental implants take?”
In an ideal world, we all would love to get ‘same day’ dental implants or a dental implant denture. But what those “same-day implant” TV commercials don’t tell you, is that there are several steps patients need to take and procedures to go through BEFORE that “one day”
when their new set of pearly whites are surgically implanted.
The process, in totality, can take from between six to eight months for your implants to have fully healed, and often involves two surgical procedures.
That said, this time frame can be shorter or longer depending on the type of implant you are getting, the placement of the implant(s), whether or not bone grafting is required, and other factors.
In this guide, we’ll break down those stages and help you better understand the time commitment involved with each.
Dental Implant and Dental Implant Denture Timetable and Stages
Step 1: Consultation and Evaluation
Time: Single office visit
Fact is, not everyone is a good candidate for implants. During this stage, your implant dentist will evaluate your oral health and medical history, take diagnostic scans, and discuss with you your options.
Step 2: Tooth Extractions and Bone Grafting (if necessary)
Extraction Timeline: Single appointment, plus 3-4 weeks for soft tissue healing
Bone Grafting Timeline: 2 weeks up to 2 months to fuse and heal
In some cases, patients may need extraction of existing teeth to make room for the implants. In other cases, bone density in the jaw may be insufficient to properly anchor and secure an implant, necessitating the need for a bone graft.
Step 3: Artificial Root Implantation (post implant)
Procedure Timeline: Usually between 1-2 hours
Healing Timeline: Between 3-6 months
During this step, a metal rod resembling a screw is implanted into the jawbone, creating a solid foundation upon which an abutment, and later, your final prosthetic tooth will be placed.
Healing can take some time, generally between 3-6 months, with implants in the upper jaw tending to heal slower due to softer bone structure.
During the healing phase of this step, you may need to make several visits to your implant dentist for the adjustment of temporary dentures or crowns and monitoring of the healing process.
Step 4: Impression and Abutment (if not done during step #3)
Timeline: About 2 weeks from getting your final crown
Depending on your situation, an abutment may be placed over the top of the post either directly after post-implantation, or at a follow-up appointment. The abutment attaches to the post, and later the artificial tooth will be connected to the abutment.
During step #3 or #4, your dentist will also take 3D imagery and/or a mold of your mouth in order to begin the process of fabricating your artificial tooth/teeth.
This procedure is fast and painless.
Step 5: Placement of the Crown (prosthetic tooth) or Dental Implant Denture
Once the post implant site has healed and the post sufficiently fused with the jawbone, a crown (your artificial tooth) will be placed atop of the abutment. This tooth will be uniquely crafted to perfectly fit your mouth, and designed to match the color of your other teeth (or whatever shade you desire).
In other cases, those patients who have opted for dental implant dentures will be outfitted with a partial or full denture that ‘snaps’ securely to the implanted posts.
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