What is the Timeline for Dental Implants?

The process of receiving dental implants typically requires two surgeries performed over the course of four to six months. Implants require several months to become permanently fused to the jawbone, providing the ultimate foundation for crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dr. Sol Weiss is a renowned authority on dental implants who believes patient education is crucial to the success of every procedure. Dr. Weiss will explain the dental implants timeline during a consultation at his Toronto, ON, practice so you can make an informed decision about treatment, and know what to expect every step of the way.

Illustration of the dental implants timeline.

From Planning to Restoration

Dental implants involve more of a time commitment than most restorative and cosmetic procedures, but can provide a lifetime of benefits. The total timeline for dental implants treatment will vary depending on the needs of each patient. Dr. Weiss will tailor a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses all of your needs, goals, and concerns. A typical dental implants timeline involves:

Consultation: Dr. Weiss will explain the dental implant procedure and recovery, while addressing questions or concerns about risks, benefits, and other treatment aspects. Next, he will assess your oral health, take x-rays, and review your medical history. If you have insufficient jaw bone density, you may require bone grafting to strengthen your jaw in order to support dental implants. Patients who require bone grafting can expect a longer dental implant timeline. In some cases, bone grafts can take six months or longer to heal.

First Surgery: On the day of surgery, our caring staff will guide you to a comfortable dentist chair, and our trained anesthesiologist will administer a local anesthetic. For patients with heightened anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry to ensure your comfort. Dr. Weiss will create an incision in your gums, providing access to the jawbone. Next, he will create a pilot hole and insert the threaded implant. Finally, he will suture the gums closed over the implant to facilitate healing.

Healing Period: Although healing time varies in every case, the usual recovery time is four to six months. During this time, the jaw bone will generate new tissue that will bond to the implant.

Second Surgery: Once osseointegration is complete, you will undergo a second surgery. Dr. Weiss will once again incise the gums and attach an abutment to the implant. The abutment acts as the point of connection between the implant and the restoration. Dr. Weiss will then suture the gums closed in a way that leaves the abutment exposed above the gum line. The gums usually heal within one to two weeks.

Implant Restoration: Dr. Weiss will take impressions of the abutments and the surrounding teeth to guide technicians in creating your permanent restoration, which takes about two weeks. He can provide a temporary restoration in the meantime. Once your permanent restoration is complete, you will return to have it attached. Dr. Weiss will carefully check the fit and make any necessary adjustments for your comfort.

Maintenance: In order to experience the long-term benefits of dental implants, you must continue a strict oral health regimen that includes brushing and flossing. Regular checkups at The Art of Dentistry are also essential to maintain your dental implants.

Restore Your Smile Today

Although the timeline for dental implant surgery can be lengthy, most patients feel that the time is a worthwhile investment. If you are considering dental implants, Dr. Sol Weiss will take all the time necessary to fully educate you about every step of treatment. To schedule your consultation, contact our practice today.

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