Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option available today. They completely replace your tooth, root and all, for a natural look and function. If you’re planning on getting an implant, you likely already know the benefits because they helped aid in your decision.
What you may not know is what to expect from your dental implant procedure and how long it may take you to recover. Here’s a breakdown of the process and the typical dental implant healing time.
What Does a Dental Implant Procedure Entail?
In order for a dental implant to be successful, the jaw bone where the implant will be placed must be strong enough to support it. If there is a lack of sufficient bone thickness or strength, a bone graft procedure may need to be performed first. A bone graft procedure involves surgically placing a bone fragment under the gums on top of the existing jaw bone. This bone fragment will fuse with the jaw bone and encourage regeneration to thicken and fortify it. The procedure takes place in just one appointment, but the regeneration process can take a few months.
Once there is sufficient jaw bone available to support it (which there may have been from the start for many patients) the implant root will be surgically placed. The titanium post that is the root will fuse with the bone and form a solid bond. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Once the root is fully osseointegrated (fused with the bone), the abutment can be placed by reopening the gums to attach it. A few weeks of healing is required again, after which the crown can be placed and the process is complete.
How Long Will it Take to Heal?
Length of healing time differs from one patient to another. Age is an important factor in healing time, as the older you are the longer it can take to heal. If you have a bone graft procedure first, you must heal from that before the dental implant procedure can even begin. Then there’s a healing period after the implant is placed, and then again after the abutment is placed. But when it is all complete, you have a new tooth that looks and functions like a natural tooth.
You may take weeks to heal after each phase of the procedure. You may only need days. It depends on the situation. Some patients opt for the Teeth in a Day option so that they only have to heal once from the whole procedure. But this procedure is for patients getting a full arch of dentures that will be supported by just a few dental implants. The average healing time for any type of dental implant procedure is about 6 months. You may feel as if you are back to normal in just a day or two, but you won’t be fully and completely healed that soon.
Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry Applies Dental Implant Technology for Faster Recovery
Guided implant technology has made it possible for greater success in the placement of dental implants and faster recovery for patients. Using computer software to guide the placement of the implant root in the jaw bone allows for better accuracy and a less invasive procedure. At Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry we take full advantage of guided implant technology to improve our patients’ experiences.
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We look forward to providing you with the best tooth replacement option and a faster recovery time following your procedure.