Dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement. The process for getting one can take two to six months. However, you shouldn’t let that discourage you! Why? Each stage of the procedure is important. The lengthy time period isn’t a drawback; it is indicative of the permanent nature of the implant.
The Dental Implant Timeline
1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment
A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration – which consists of a crown, denture, partial denture, or bridge.
It all starts with a consultation. We’ll take X-rays and analyze your mouth and examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting.
The next step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or as painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is. It usually takes one or two hours.
Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery discomfort. Most people can go back to work right after the surgery.
The key to implant placement is a factor referred to as osseointegration. It’s a fancy word that refers to the rate at which the titanium post fuses with the bone. Since the rate of osseointegration is different for everyone, so will the length of time needed for the process to take effect. In most cases, it takes three to six months for this to happen. Once it does, you’ve got a rock-solid foundation for the implant.,
4. Placing the Final Restoration
The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root. The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.
Teeth supported by dental implants from The Fort Collins Dentist are life-changing. No wonder they’re one of our most popular restorative dentistry options! We’ve placed them in patients from North Laramie, Cheyenne, Greeley, and South Berthoud, who agree that the wait was absolutely worth the results. We also offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry. Request an appointment today!