When a tooth is lost, it is important to install a tooth-shaped device in the resulting gap. Options to fill this space include bridges, bonding, and implants, all of which can reduce or eliminate the gap in the gums that is left. Because the jawbone under a tooth begins to atrophy and recede once a tooth is lost, installing a dental implant is the most effective way of staving off this bone loss. Dental implants, however, require far more time and work than a simple bridge or bonding, and a frequently asked question among our patients is about the time frame that receiving a dental implant requires. In the video below, Erie County dentist Zachary Teach outlines the process of preparing a mouth for a dental implant procedure and how long a patient can expect to wait before the implant can be used.
How Long Does The Dental Implant Procedure Take?
The length of the dental implant procedure depends on whether the original tooth needs to be removed, a bone graft is required, and some healing must occur before the implant is placed. It is common nowadays for the implants to be placed immediately after the teeth are removed, which cuts the healing time in half. The majority of the time, if the implant can be placed at the same time the tooth is extracted, three to six months of healing need to occur before the tooth can be restored to function.
Do you have questions about the time length of the dental implant procedure? Contact us today for clarification, and let our family take care of yours!
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