Aside from cost, the most common question regarding dental implants is the typical course of treatment. While every mouth is different and all patients’ needs are unique, there is a typical process that dental implant treatment follows. In most cases, the entire process takes between 5 to 12 months.
For those individuals who are having a single tooth replaced, they will typically fall on the shorter end of the schedule, while those who are getting an entire set of new teeth with fall at the 12-month range or longer.
The typical course of implant treatment involves three phases.
- Phase 1: Evaluation and Preparation – The mouth must be carefully evaluated and prepared to receive dental implants. If a tooth extraction or bone grafting is needed, this must be done before any placement can begin. If bone grafting is needed, Phase 1 will take anywhere from three to six months. If bone grafting is not needed, the mouth will be evaluated and impressions of the mouth will be taken.
- Phase 2: Implant Anchor Placement – In phase 2, the artificial titanium root is surgically placed in the bone. This phase requires the complete healing of the jawbone and gum tissue. The procedure itself takes an hour or longer, and the healing time is typically between three to six months depending on how many implant anchors are placed inside the mouth.
- Phase 3: Placement of the Crown – Once the mouth is healed from surgical implantation, an artificial tooth or crown will be placed on the implant anchor.
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