If you have missing teeth and are exploring your options, then you are likely thinking dental implants could be a great solution to restore your smile.
And you’d be completely right. Dental implants are permanent tooth restorations that can last a lifetime with the right maintenance. Not only do they restore the full function of your teeth, but dental implants have the benefit of looking exactly like natural teeth as well.
There’s one issue, however: getting a dental implant is a rather lengthy process, which can take anywhere between 6 months to a year and more.
Here is a breakdown of the dental implant timeline at Pearl Dental Studio:
1. First Appointment
Before you can get a dental implant at Pearl Dental Studio, Dr. Lindsay Cash will perform a thorough assessment of your oral health and determine whether dental implants are a good solution for you.
Don’t worry, if you generally have healthy teeth, you will be cleared for the procedure, and Dr.Cash will schedule you for implant placement right away.
2. Implant Placement
A few days after your first consultation, you’ll come in to get the metal root of the implant inserted into the jaw to replace your missing tooth.
The procedure itself is quite straightforward and doesn’t require more than a couple of hours.
So far, it essentially takes about 1-2 weeks to get the metal post implanted in the jaw. However, after your surgery, you will need to give your body enough time to go through a process called osseointegration.
This essentially means the jawbone and soft tissues heal around the metal post and fully bond with it. Unfortunately, we now arrive at the lengthier part of the process since osseointegration is very slow and can take anywhere between 4 to 6 months, maybe even longer.
The good news is that during this time, the dentist will take an impression of your mouth and make the abutment and dental crown so that when the site has fully healed, you can complete the procedure.
4. Getting the Abutment and Crown
Lastly, you will have to schedule 2 more visits: one for the abutment and one for the dental crown, which are usually placed 1-2 weeks apart.
The Optional 5: Prepping for the Implant
In some cases, patients may need additional procedures to prepare the area for the dental implant, which will, unfortunately, extend the timeline. For instance, many patients will require a bone graft before they get the implant surgery to restore jawbone mass.
This procedure has its healing period, which can take 6 months or more.
But the only way to know for sure if dental implants are right for you and get an estimated treatment timeline is to come to see Dr. Lindsay Cash for an appointment.
Ready to get started? Book a consultation at Pearl Dental Studio online!