How long does the whole dental implant process take? Will I be without teeth or unable to eat for a long time?
There are several steps involved in the implant process. First, we will perform a detailed evaluation on which we’ll base our treatment plan. Then we will proceed to the first phase – placement of the implants. This part of the procedure will be performed at the dentist’s office in a single visit.
During the healing period, the implant will bond securely with bone and gum tissue in a process referred to as osseointegration. Everyone is different, but healing time usually takes about six months. If you are having an implant on a molar that’s not visible, you may elect not to have any temporary tooth replacement. However, for teeth that show when you smile, we have a couple different options for filling the empty space while your implant heals.
The second phase of the procedure occurs about three to six months after placement of the implant. At this point, we’ll attach a small metal post or extension to the implant. We’ll make any modifications necessary to your temporary tooth so you can continue to wear it after the post is attached.
Then, about 2-6 weeks after the extension is placed on your implant, we’ll begin the third phase – the process of creating and fitting your new, permanent replacement tooth.