What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant can come in several forms, but the most common form is a titanium tooth root surgically inserted into the jawbone.
The timeline for getting dental implants varies from patient to patient. It depends on the extent of the work that needs to be done and the condition of bone into which the implant will be placed. Implant treatment can take from as few as two appointments up to 12-18 months for extensive treatment.
During this stage, the patient meets with the dentist to create a personalized treatment plan.
At this time, the doctor will check the patient’s medical history to make sure they are fit to go through the surgery.
The dentist or oral surgeon will place the implants into the jaw. Temporary crowns for single-tooth replacement implants are also placed during the procedure; for more extensive implants, temporary dentures can be placed and must be worn until the implants heal.
After surgery, your dentist will follow up to remove sutures (typically two weeks after surgery) and to check the health of the implants (typically two months after surgery).
Once the implants have healed, they are uncovered so the dentist can take impressions for the final crowns or denture. The final teeth are delivered and cemented 4-8 weeks after implants have healed.
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