It is a big decision to go the route of dental implant treatment. Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants, so it is important to consult with your periodontist, Dr. Steven N. Rice, about the pros and cons of such treatment and whether or not you qualify. Depending on the type of implant, it might take only a few visits, up to a year, or longer to see treatment through to the end. If you are considering dental implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth, here is a general timeline to help you plan.
What to Expect
The actual treatment timeline depends on the individual and the types of implants as well as the number of dental implants to be surgically placed. In general, the timeline may go as follows:
- Evaluation – Dr. Rice consults with you about the procedure and prepares you for treatment.
- Bone Graft – If significant deterioration has occurred in the gums and jaw, a bone graft may be necessary before the teeth implants can be placed.
- Healing Period – Following a bone graft, the jaw needs to heal for four to six months.
- Surgical Placement of Posts – using IV Sedation to make the procedure more comfortable, the titanium posts are placed into the jawbone. The number of posts depends on the type and number of implants.
- Possible Healing Period – In some cases, patients may need to heal after placing the posts.
- Loading of the Teeth – The teeth, abutments, or crowns are loaded to the posts, and you can start using your new teeth.
- Repeat Placement, Healing, and Loading as Necessary – If you require more dental implants, then the process of placing posts, healing, and loading teeth may be repeated.
While some implants take months or longer to finally place, others – like All-on-4® dental implants – may be placed in as little as one or two visits. You can learn more about these procedures as well as whether you are a good candidate by scheduling a consultation with your periodontist Dr. Rice by calling our office today.Talk to US About an Appointment