How Long do Dental Implants Take?

Rockford Dental Implants take some time depending on the health of the patient. Only you and your Dentist can predict how long recovery will take. However there are some general guidelines for the length of recovery and what steps need to be taken.

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a synthetic tooth that is anchored into your jaw. The tooth or crown can be comprised of Porcelain, Metal, Titanium, Zirconia, or any other number of materials. The materials chosen will be dependent upon your needs, but they are often long lasting and as durable as your original teeth.

The Dental Implant Process

  1. Initial Examination- You will discuss the desire to replace your teeth with Dental Implants. Then your Dentist will take X-rays and possibly 3 Dimensional scans of your mouth and jaw. Your Dentist and you will consult with a Dental Implant team to discuss which options will work best for you. During this process your medical and dental history will be considered, as well as your history of infections. Patients with immunocompromised disorders and history of infections will generally take longer to recover. Patients with poor bone or jaw support may need alternative options or bone grafting to strengthen the jaw prior to implant surgery.
  2. Surgery- Surgery will take about an hour or two per dental anchor. The anchor will be placed into the jaw through the gumline of an original tooth, most likely. The surgeon may place a temporary crown, abutment, or healing cap over the anchor. These will help to ensure the gum does not grow over the area the Dental Implant will attach to. The recovery after the surgery is usually around 4-6 weeks, while the jaw melds to the implant in a process called Osseointegration. This process can take considerably longer depending on the needs of the patient. While this area heals, your care team will recommend treatment options. Be sure to maintain all your regularly scheduled check ins to ensure the treatment and recovery are progressing as scheduled. Be careful and watchful for signs of infections, as this can delay the process.
  3. Abutment and Crown Fitting- Post surgical recovery, at some point your care team will decide that the integration of the anchor is satisfactory. At such time they will either remove the healing cap or temporary crown and attach your permanent dental implant. Before this they may attach a piece called an abutment. An abutment is a metallic socket that attaches to the screw portion of the implant anchor. The abutment helps to secure your implant to the anchor and limit any possible movement.
  4. Check Ins, Maintenance, and Cleanings- Always attend your scheduled appointments. Your team can watch for signs of infections. Infections could seriously delay the desired outcomes of surgeries or recovery. Cleanings and hygiene will be paramount in the care and health of your original teeth and implants.

Discuss options with your Dentist today about Dental Implants. A new, strong set of Teeth is anywhere from 3-9 months away. The sooner you start, the sooner you can smile brightly.

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