Dental Implant Procedure

Timeline & Procedure

Dental Implants

The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions. Generally, the healing process for getting dental implants takes between three to six months and will vary from patient to patient. The overall treatment process from consultation to the final placement of the restoration will take roughly six to ten months, sometimes longer in certain circumstances. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.


The first step of the dental implants procedure will be the initial consultation. Dr. Acharya will do a full assessment of your dental health to determine if dental implants would be the right solution for you. Sometimes severe bone loss or gum recession may prevent a patient from getting dental implants. The same is true of some medical conditions. Discuss goals, process, options, thorough overview of the process. Digital photographs, intra-oral, panoramic and/or 3D x-rays are taken in our practice. Molds of your mouth may also be made and studied until the next appointment.

Consultation With Dr. Acharya

First Surgery

The next step of the dental implants process is oral surgery, making small incisions into your gums and surgically place the dental implants. During this surgery, the dental implants will be rooted into place in the tooth gap. Following the surgery, a temporary dental restoration will be placed. It’s important that patients follow our guide for post-operative care once the dental implant is in place.

First Surgery

Healing Period

The most crucial step of getting the dental implants is the recovery period. During this 4-6 month period, the implants will fuse directly to the jawbone becoming one with the gum tissue and bone structure of your mouth, called osseointegration. This will allow the implant to become anchored and improve the stability for dental restorations.

Healing Time

Abutment Placement

The second stage of surgical treatment is done at your general dentist and can usually be done on an outpatient basis in a dental office setting 3 to 6 months after the implants have been placed. Implants are examined to be certain of their firmness and integration with the bone. A small connector will be attached to the implant, which will be used to attach a restoration on extension posts, or abutments.

Second Healing Period

During this healing period, the gums will heal around the abutments. Several days after the abutments are attached, the surgical pack can be removed. If you are wearing a denture with a temporary lining, your dentist will continue to refit the lining to keep your mouth comfortable.

Healing Time

Attachment of Restoration

The installation and attachment usually take 1-3 hours with general dentist. The teeth may be screwed or cemented into place over custom or prefabricated abutments. Your bite must be balanced carefully. Post-operative x-rays will be taken. Our periodontist and staff will train you on how to maintain your new dental implant It is crucially important that you know your part in the long-term maintenance.


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Acharya Periodontics COVID-19 Update

The safety and well-being of our patients and staff is a top priority at Acharya Periodontics.
We are adhering to the guidelines set forth by both the CDC and The Virginia Department of Health as
we monitor developments related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We will continue to
implement strategies recommended by public health authorities.

As part of our own aseptic routine, we perform regular environmental cleaning that meets guidelines for
viral disinfection. We have also increased the frequency of cleanings and broad-spectrum disinfectants
used throughout the building. As usual, our patient areas are sanitized and sterilized as recommended
by the American Dental Association.

We will continue to monitor the situation, seek guidance and best practices from the appropriate health
authorities and share additional information as warranted.

We request that any patient, guest or any other member of Acharya Periodontics who does not feel
well, exhibits signs of infection, or has been in proximity to infected persons avoid entering the

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