Dental implants are a popular procedure for people who have missing teeth or who need to have teeth removed. Whether lost due to gum disease, tooth decay or accidental trauma, missing teeth can make you embarrassed about your appearance and lead to issues with eating and talking. Implants are designed to look and function just like your regular teeth, so you can have your smile back. If you choose this treatment option, you are likely wondering how long it will take until you have a full set of teeth again. Continue reading to learn what factors affect the treatment time for dental implants.
One drawback of the dental implant procedure is that the traditional method used to place the implants and cover them with a crown takes several months to complete. After the implant is anchored to the mouth, the jawbone needs to grow over the implant and heal before the crown can be placed. This process is called osseointegration and often takes about four to six months; however, the total healing time is dependent on the patient’s healing rate.
Additionally, some patients need to have their natural teeth extracted before an implant can be placed. It used to be standard for a dentist to give an eight-month waiting period between an extraction surgery and implant placement. However, many dentists have begun to use an immediate implant placement technique with much success. For this procedure to be successful, the dentist must first ensure the patient has a favorable gingival biotype and evaluate the condition of the anterior extraction socket.
While implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth, it will take several months before you will be able to enjoy the full benefits of your full smile. This treatment takes place over several appointments with waiting periods in between.