How long generally does the dental implant procedure take?
While the process and treatment plan can vary for each patient, generally speaking the dental implant treatment period in total is approximately 6 to 8 months, with several stages.
Assuming I do the extraction myself, I will look to wait about two months before placing the dental implant, and I will give them a temporary tooth on the day of extractions. Two months is the time for the bone to fill in where that tooth root used to be. We may also consider bone grafting, in order to have very high-quality bone, which we call a ‘bed of bone’ where the implant goes in.
The implant placement actually is very straightforward, and we do a lot of prep work before placing the implant, which means we take a CT scan and plan the angulation of the implant as to where it goes exactly. With this prep work we have done all the design, all the angulation, all the selection of material, so the patient literally is in the chair maybe for about an hour. So when we put an implant in for patients, about half an hour would be for the anesthesia, and the other part of the appointment, which is another half an hour, would be the actual placement of the implant.
This assumes one dental implant, and if the treatment plan calls for more than one, you’d add another half an hour for each additional implant. I feel it’s important to go very slowly because I don’t want to cause inflammation in the bone, and that in turn helps my cases to experience minimal discomfort afterwards and not require pain medication.
After this treatment, we put the temporary tooth back in, and we instruct patients to try not to chew with that area. This is so that the newly placed dental implant has an opportunity to heal, and that it is not overloaded with force. Then about four to six months later I can connect the crown. I don’t generally need to see patients during that time while they’re healing, unless there’s the problem.
If you would like to discuss dental implants as an option to restore your smile, contact Dr. Mazhari in our Alexandria dentist office today.