Receiving dental implants is a three-stage process. The amount of time that these stages require varies from individual to individual. However, if you plan to receive dental implants, you can generally expect the entire process to take several months.
As you plan ahead, it is important to keep in mind that, depending on your oral health, bone structure, and other factors, the entire process can sometimes take years from start to finish. For others, it may only take weeks. Speak with an experienced and informed dentist to get an idea of your individual timeframe.
Receiving dental implants involves many steps.
Before the dental implant process can begin, your dentist must first complete an evaluation. You will then begin the first stage of the process: preparing your mouth and jaw for implantation. The second stage of the process involves the surgical placement of the roots of your implants. During the third stage, your crowns will be placed into the roots.
The evaluation that takes place before the implantation process begins is critical to ensuring that your procedure will be a success. During this time, your dentist will complete a full examination to assess your oral health as well as your overall health. They may take an X-ray of your jaw to make sure there is enough bone available for implants. Your dentist will help you make an informed decision about what type of implant to receive. Once you arrive at a decision, they will help you make a plan.
Preparation (0 to 6 months)
During the first stage of the implantation process, you will prepare for surgery. The procedures involved in this stage vary greatly from person to person. If the teeth you are replacing are still present, they will have to be extracted. If your jawbone is not dense enough to receive an implant, you may undergo a bone-grafting procedure. Bone grafting takes time because it requires the bone to grow and heal. This can take several months.
Implant placement (2 to 6 months)
Once your mouth has been fully prepared to receive implants, you will move on to the second stage of the process: the placement of your artificial roots. Holes are drilled into the jawbone to make space, and then the titanium roots are inserted. It can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months for your bones to bond with the implants and for your mouth to heal.
Crown placement (about 2 weeks)
While you are healing from the implant surgery, you will likely be able to wear temporary crowns. After you are fully healed, you will be able to have your permanent crowns placed. These are usually made from metal, ceramic, or a fusion of metal and porcelain. They can be made to closely match the color and look of your natural teeth.
Dr. Mona Gokani has over 15 years of experience providing excellent dental implant restoration to her patients. If you are looking for the best restorative dentistry in the Pleasanton area, give us a call at (925) 462-1464.