If you are considering teeth replacement with dental implants, knowing what to anticipate throughout your treatment process can help you have a stress-free and successful experience. Patients can expect the dental implant timeline to span about seven months, depending on whether other procedures are required, such as bone grafting. At the Dental Arts Center in Oklahoma City, OK, we will explain what you can expect based on your needs and goals. For now, we invite you to learn more about the factors that can influence your treatment timeline.
The dental implants timeline has six basic steps
During your initial consultation at our office, Dr. Lorents will assess the health of your teeth, gums, jaw joints, and surrounding structures to determine your dental implant candidacy. X-rays will be taken to evaluate the jawbone. Once we establish that you are eligible for dental implants, we will begin the treatment planning process. During this stage, Dr. Lorents will use advanced diagnostic technology to determine the most appropriate location and position of your implants.
When a dental implant is placed into the jaw, it must be completely surrounded by strong, dense bone. If you have experienced bone atrophy, we may recommend a preparatory procedure, such as a bone graft or sinus lift. While not all patients will require preliminary treatments, this step is crucial for those who do, and can add three months or longer to your treatment timeline. The time necessary for osseointegration to complete depends on several factors, but it generally takes between three and six months for most patients.
The day of your procedure, you will be seated in one of our relaxing treatment rooms. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Lorents will place the implant into the jawbone using advanced, gentle techniques. Generally, we will see you for a follow-up in approximately one week and we will continue to monitor your progress over the next few months.
Once the implant is placed, it will require a few months of healing. During this crucial time, the jawbone will fuse to the surface of the implant through a process called osseointegration. The time necessary for osseointegration to complete depends on several factors, but it generally takes between three and six months for most patients.
Abutment Placement and Final Restoration
Once osseointegration is complete, you will be ready for your final restoration. This involves two steps:
- Abutment placement: A special connection device will be connected to the dental implant. This will extend slightly above the gum line and will attach directly to your restoration. It takes about two weeks for the gums to heal around the abutment following placement.
- Final restoration: We will create your final restoration based on impressions of you abutments and surrounding teeth. When it is complete, we will attach it to your implants. In some cases, we can create and place a restoration in one appointment.