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How the Dental Implants Timeline May Vary

Dental implants can provide life-changing improvements and repair to your smile. Whether you are looking to replace one or multiple teeth, or you would like to stabilize your dentures to reduce slipping, implants offer unrivaled support and stability.

Treatment for restoring your smile with dental implants will not provide immediate results. However, many patients find the benefits and improved quality of life available through dental implants worth the investment. Patients report an ability to eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence because of the lifelike appearance and feel of implants. The experienced doctors and staff at Greater Long Island Dental can explain your expected treatment and dental implants timeline at their Long Island, NY, practice.

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the most highly recommended restorative treatment for tooth loss. The titanium, threaded posts are surgically placed in your jawbone to replace lost tooth roots. These posts provide unrivaled support and stability to restorations, as well as improve your oral health. To receive implants, you will require multiple appointments, procedures, and months for recovery and preparation.

Treatment Timeline

Depending on your particular situation and the state of your oral health, the total implant process can take anywhere from five months to over a year. Most patients find that dental implants can provide life-long advantages and improved quality of life, making the time commitment a worthwhile investment.

Consultation and Examination

At your initial consultation, our experienced doctors will evaluate the state of your oral health to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. You will undergo an examination that may include a variety of scans and tests using advanced technology. We will analyze the strength and size of your jawbone to ensure there is enough room and density to support implant posts.

Preparatory Treatment and Procedures

If you require any treatment or procedures before receiving implants, it will lengthen your overall treatment time. Conditions like gum disease must be properly treated before you can receive implants. Proper periodontal treatment can require a couple of months to restore your oral health.

If you do not have sufficient bone tissue or room in your jaw to support implant posts, you may require a bone graft or sinus lift. You will need to recover from these procedures before you can receive implants. Undergoing preparatory surgical procedures can typically add an additional four to nine months for your overall treatment timeline to allow for proper healing and graft integration.

Most patients find that dental implants can provide life-long advantages and improved quality of life, making the time commitment a worthwhile investment.

Placement Surgery

Dental implants are typically placed as an outpatient procedure in a single day. Our doctors will strategically place the implant posts in the strongest portions of your jaw, and you can usually leave our office after only a couple of hours.

Healing and Recovery

After the implant posts have been placed, you will usually spend about four to six months healing. During this time, the posts will permanently fuse with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. We can provide a temporary restoration until you have fully recovered.

Restoration and Results

Once your implants are sufficiently fused with your jawbone, you will be scheduled for a second procedure to attach abutment, or connector, pieces. These pieces will hold your restoration firmly in place.  After receiving abutments, you will typically require another two weeks to allow gums to heal. Once your gums have recovered, we will attach your customized, highly lifelike restoration. 

Begin Restoring Your Smile

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and their treatment timeline, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced doctors. We can help you understand your unique situation and what to expect from dental implant treatment.

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