How Long Do Dental Implants Take?
If you're considering any type of surgery, you should have an idea of how long the process will take before you start preparing for, and then scheduling your surgery.
Dental surgery, and more specifically dental implants, are no different.
Like most surgical procedures, the time it takes from your first appointment to your last will vary from patient to patient.
Your overall oral health and the various needs for your surgery will impact how long it takes for you to have the procedure performed and then recover.
For these reasons, there isn't a single timeline that will fit everyone's needs.
However, we can provide an overview of the process and let you know what to expect when you get your dental implants.
The process can take anywhere between five months and a year depending on your needs.
In the article below, we'll give you an overview of the entire process, but for a timeline tailored to your specific needs, contact Hylan Dental Care today.
- What Should You Expect From A Dental Implant Procedure?
- The Pre-Surgical Appointment
- Will I Need A Tooth Extraction?
- Will I Need Bone Grafting?
- What Happens After The Surgery
- How Long Will Recovery Take?
- Ready To Get STarted? Contact Hylan Dental Care.
Every dental implant procedure will start out with the initial consultation.
These usually last between 45 minutes and an hour, and during them you will have the opportunity to discuss your options, ask any questions you might have about the procedure, and decide if it's right for you.
The dentist you meet with will ask questions about your overall oral health and go over any and all of your dental needs.
Some practices will offer imaging services during the initial consultation so they can better determine whether or not you're a good fit for dental implants, and then tailor a treatment plan to fit your needs.
Once the initial consultation has been completed, and you and your dentist have decided to move forward with dental implants, the next step will be to come in for a pre-surgical appointment.
The goal of this appointment is to get impressions of your teeth and jaw shortly after the initial consultation.
This appointment also serves as an opportunity to address any more concerns you might have, and then discuss what you can expect after the surgery.
It's not always necessary, but in some cases, you will need a tooth extraction.
After your initial consultation your dentist will be able to tell you if you will need to get a tooth extracted.
Then, if you do need a tooth extraction, the tooth extraction itself will vary between patients.
If you have healthy bone, you might be able to receive your implant on the same day as your procedure.
However, for patients suffering from bone loss or infection, this isn't always possible.
In those cases, bone grafting may be required, adding on extra time to your overall procedure.
Bone grafting is sometimes required if you do need a tooth extracted, and it may also be required if you've had a missing tooth for an extended period.
Bone grafting will ensure that there is a good foundation of bone available for your implant to adhere to, so this evaluation stage is essential for anyone missing teeth.
On average, four months of healing time is standard between bone grafting and undergoing the implant surgery.
Once all of the necessary steps above have been completed, you will be schedule for your implant surgery. Once the surgery has been completed, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Don't try to look at your stitches. Doing this may cause some tearing or irritation of the gums.
- Don't use straws.
- Don't eat foods you can't cut your fork. Eating anything too hard can cause pain and/or complications from chewing.
- Don't blow your nose. Sneeze with your mouth open to avoid any added pressure on the sinus area.
- Don't smoke. Smoking or chewing tobacco products makes healing difficult and increases the failure rate for dental implants.
- Don't eat very hot foods.
- Use a cold compress to the sides of the face to help relieve pressure.
- Take any antibiotics and pain medications as prescribed.
Be aware that you might experience some bleeding from the nose, but don't be alarmed because this is common and should pass quickly.
Your dentist might also prescribe an antimicrobial mouth rinse, and you should be sure to use it as instructed.
If you experience any of the following after your surgery, contact your dentist immediately:
- Excessive swelling occurring a few days after your procedure
- Uncontrollable pain
- Excessive, prolonged, or severe bleeding
- Allergic reactions to the medicine
Anyone considering dental implant surgery is likely to wonder how long the recovery will take and how it will impact their day to day life.
Unfortunately, there isn't a set time that will apply to all dental implant patients, because as we've mentioned already, every surgery is impacted by the unique conditions of each patient.
Recovery time can be impacted by several things, including:
- How quickly your jaw responds to the treatment.
- Following the instructions of your treatment plan.
- Did you receive a single dental implant, multiple implants, or implants for a full jaw or an entire mouth?
- Do you have healthy bone for your implants to bond to or do you require bone grafting?
The length of time from start to finish will be unique to each patient.
If you're ready to get your dental implants, the best thing you can do to speed up the entire process is to start today.
Our Cleveland Dental Implants team at Hylan Dental Care has years of experience and expertise, putting in dental implants for their patients.
They've helped hundreds of people just like you get not only their dental implants but their smile back.
They're ready to do the same for you.
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