Question: How long does the entire dental implant procedure take? Will I be without teeth or unable to eat for a long time?
Dental Implant Placement – First Phase
After a detailed tooth replacement evaluation and treatment plan, your dental implant placement will begin. This dental implant placement procedure will be completed in our office within visit. Most of your dental implants will remain underneath the gums, for approximately 3 to 6 months.
During this time, your jawbone will bond to your new dental implant.
This is a healing period, so we recommend that wear a temporary denture or bridge to maintain space for your dental implant to be. You will need to adhere to a soft food diet during this time.
Dental Implant Uncovering – Second Phase
During your second phase of the dental implant procedure the top of the implants will be uncovered from under the gums and a small metal post will be attached to the implant. We will make any necessary modifications to your temporary denture or bridge to allow you to continue wearing it after the attachment.
New Tooth Replacement Created & Fitted – Third Phase
2-6 weeks after the second phase is completed, your new replacement teeth are created and fitted. This third phase involves a series of appointments to make impressions of your mouth and to “try-in” your replacement teeth at key steps in their fabrication. These sessions are necessary to ensure that the size, shape, color and fit of your new replacement teeth will completely blend in with your individual facial characteristics and remaining natural teeth. This phase is typically completed within 4 to 8 weeks. Total tooth replacement treatment time for most dental implants will be 5-8 months, but can vary due to bone or gum procedures if required.