The Dental Implants Timeline Reflects an Individualized, Multi-Step Process
Dental implants offer a fully functional, permanent replacement for missing teeth. Because implants offer a unique and comprehensive solution to tooth loss, the dental implants timeline reflects the complexity of the process, as well as each case. Ultimately, the amount of time needed for dental implants varies from patient to patient, with most cases requiring anywhere between four months and one year. When you meet with Dr. Byron J. Nordhus in our Wichita, KS, office, we can develop a treatment plan to show you what to expect from each phase of the procedure, including estimated costs and timelines.
Dental Implants: A Multi-Step Process
Since dental implants require an individualized treatment plan, the timeline may differ for each patient. At its most complex, a patient seeking full mouth reconstruction, for example, may require 10 months or more. However, with a simpler case, such as one requiring only a single dental implant, treatment may be complete within six months. The dental implants process consists of six steps:
1. Initial Consultation and Treatment Planning
If you have lost any number of teeth, dental implants are the best option for long-term replacement. During your initial consultation, Dr. Nordhus will examine your mouth and take a series of diagnostic imaging, such x-rays and CT scans. We will also inquire about your overall medical and dental history before creating a unique treatment plan and estimated timeline. If a patient requires any dental work, such as root canal therapy or fillings, these procedures must be completed before implant treatment can begin.
Since dental implants require an individualized treatment plan, the timeline may differ for each patient.
2. Preparatory Procedures
In some cases, patients must undergo surgical treatments to become eligible for dental implants. For patients who have already experienced bone loss resulting from missing teeth, bone grafting may be required. This can add several months to the treatment timeline, as the new tissue will need some time to integrate with your jawbone.
3. Implant Surgery
The actual implant surgery does not take long, and is usually an out-patient procedure, which is completed in one medical appointment.
Following implant surgery, the implant will require a period of 4-6 months to fuse with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. This period is critical to a successful outcome, as new bone tissue must grow in the small grooves around the implant in order to provide a stable foundation for your restoration.
5. Abutment Placement
Once Dr. Nordhus has ensured that the implants can provide a suitable foundation, an abutment will be attached to the top of the titanium post, which will ultimately connect with your permanent restoration. After this procedure, your gum tissue will need time to heal around the abutment, which usually takes up to two weeks.
6. Permanent Restoration
As the final step, a crown, bridge, or implant-retained denture will be attached to your dental implants. Fabrication of your final restoration may add as much as a month to your timeline to ensure that the prosthetic fits comfortably and precisely in your smile.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dental implants are an extensive treatment, and patients should choose a dentist they trust has the expertise to handle every step in the timeline with professionalism and care. Please call us at 316-721-6730 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.
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