Dental Implant Information
Timeline & Procedure
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. But all in all, 8-10 visits should be enough to have a fixed bridge installed. 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.
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.
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.
The second stage of surgical treatment 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.
Attachment of Restoration
The installation and attachment usually take 1-3 hours. 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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