Perhaps the biggest concern that implant patients have is how long the actual procedure will take. Depending on the type of implants you choose, it could take one appointment or it make take 2-3. The first appointment is the surgical placement of the implant root, followed by a period of healing, and then the installation of your fixed crown, bridge, or denture.
Most dental implants require 3-6 months after placement for osseointegration to occur before the abutment and restoration is installed.
Osseointegration is the process where new bone forms around the implant, securing it into the jaw as if it were a real tooth. Once this takes place, the top of the implant is exposed, an abutment is installed, and your restoration is bonded into place.
Mini-implants are smaller implants that are placed non-surgically and have a restoration affixed to them on the very same day.
These “same day implants” aren’t used as often because they are typically only appropriate in limited situations.
Some implant providers utilize computer-guided implant placement techniques in their facilities.
These methods help pinpoint the precise placement of your implant and thereby reduce the recovery time needed. Sometimes by months!
Your dentist will place a temporary prosthesis to wear over your implant site in order to maintain aesthetics and function of your smile.
As soon as full osseointegration has occurred, the implant can have an abutment placed over it which will support your permanent restoration.
Schedule a no-pressure consultation to discuss your concerns and have a free smile analysis with an implant provider near you.