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How Long Does A Dental Implant Procedure Take?

In most cases a patient can expect the dental implant procedure process to last approximately 6 to 8 months. During this time the procedure

How Long Does A Dental Implant Procedure Take?

will involve two surgical events to complete the process [1]. During the first surgical appointment, a tooth root implant is precisely placed directly into the bone socket where there is a missing tooth. This artificial tooth root is in most cases made of titanium. What makes this material so unique is that it is receptive to bone growth resulting in a firm and secure implant.

Secure and Lasting Placement

Secure and Lasting Placement

In addition, patients can expect this type of procedure to involve either local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on the patient’s particular case or needs. The good news is that a dental implant procedure involves very little discomfort and has a very high success rate. Once the jawbone begins to heal, it actually grows and adheres to the implant resulting in a secure and lasting placement [2]. That said the healing process may take time and usually requires anywhere from 3 to 6 months and in some cases longer. Again this all depends on the individual patient.Performed by a Restorative Dentist

Performed by a Restorative Dentist

After the root of the artificial dental implant has bonded firmly with bone, the second phase can begin. Your dentist will typically uncover the implant and place a small post or abutment that then becomes an anchor for a crown or artificial tooth. This stage of the process is performed usually by a restorative-dentist. He or she will effectively fashion a replacement tooth that is tailored to the patient’s surrounding teeth shape and color. This is what you can expect when having a dental implant procedure performed [3]. Contact your Tigard dentist, Dr. Rashidi at Washington Square Dental today to learn more.

 

References:
[1] How Long Does a Dental Implant Placement Take?
[2] When Does a Patient Need Dental Implants?
[3] Dental Implants and What They Mean For You