How Long is a Dental Implant Procedure Process?
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Are you looking into oral surgery and dental implant procedures near Louisville, CO? One of the most important questions you should plan to ask is how long the typical process takes. From getting the implants installed to topping them off with the final restoration (be it a crown, bridge, or denture) what timespan is considered typical?
If You Need Extractions
Are you getting dental implants in an area where you have teeth that need to be removed? If so, you’ll need a bit of extra time to recover and heal. This may range from a couple of weeks to a few months. Depending on your unique oral anatomy, Dr. Hayes may be able to install the implants on the same date as the extractions.
If You Need a Graft or Sinus Surgery
When a tooth comes out, it can alter the bone and soft tissue anatomy around the extraction site. If the bone is resorbing (shrinking) you may need a graft to help strengthen the site before inserting an implant. Or if it’s an upper tooth that’s missing, the sinus cavity above it may be collapsing into the area and need to be raised (so that an implant won’t puncture the sinus lining.) Recovering from grafts and sinus surgery can add a couple of months to your total implant case time.
After the implant is installed, osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration is the process where your bone fuses with the new implant and makes it a permanent part of your bite. Normally, integration takes anywhere from 3-6 months. This timeframe can be extended however, due to various medical conditions and age.
Once your mouth is healed, the implant is integrated, and any grafts have fully taken, our Louisville oral surgery and dental implant specialist can install your fixed restoration. This might be a crown (for single teeth,) bridge (for a few teeth in a row,) or a full-arch prosthesis (such as a hybrid denture.)
Then, depending on the implant integration and your recovery from any necessary adjunctive procedures, the overall dental implant process is complete, totaling anywhere from about 2-10 months. If you would like more information or a personalize quote, visit our website or call us at (720) 588-2505.