How Long Does the Dental Implant Process Take?

May 9, 2012 — by Stephen Lipman
Tags: Dental Implants Missing Teeth

If you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth, it’s important that you consider your options for restorative dentistry. Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat the foods you love, and it may make you feel self-conscious in social settings, even among good friends and family. In addition to these matters, your remaining teeth can be affected by tooth loss as well. You may experience jawbone loss in the area where the tooth gap is, and your remaining teeth may slowly shift out of place as well.

By speaking to a Windsor, CT cosmetic dentist, you’ll be able to hear about your many different options for addressing missing teeth. While removable dentures and dental bridges are effective, it’s important that you consider dental implants. Turning to implant dentistry means that your artificial tooth or dental restorations will be securely held in place.

The dental implants process will take between three to six months, which is not a surprise since there is oral surgery involved. You see, Windsor, CT dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jaw bone and housed by your gum tissue. The initial oral surgery will take roughly an hour to perform. What follows after that is a period of osseointegration, which basically means that the implant with fuse with your living tissues and become a part of your mouth. A temporary crown or temporary bridge/denture will be used to cap the dental implant during this period. Once the osseointegration period is complete, a final crown or bridge/denture will be placed.

Given how long it takes for the dental implants process to be completed, you may wonder if the process is worth the time. The answer is a resounding yes. Dental implants will help prevent bone loss in the jaw, and dental restorations that are supported by dental implants are less likely to slip or come lose. The process is also advancing further as time goes by. Mini dental implant technology has allowed some patients to receive fully functioning implants in just a single visit to the dentist’s office.

To learn more about your many options for dealing with tooth loss, be sure to contact our Windsor, CT cosmetic dentist today. We look forward to speaking with you during the consultation process.