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Dental Implant Procedure: How Lengthy Is the Procedure?

By far dental implant is the best way to replace a missing tooth. If you are an eligible candidate, it is strongly recommended to consider dental implants rather than going for dentures or bridges.

Well, of course, making a decision to go for dental implant is a crucial one. For one reason – the procedure is pretty long. Nevertheless, there are many factors which will affect the timeline and stages of the procedure. For instance, does the damaged tooth needs to be extracted, or does the patient needs to go for bone grafting.

How lengthy is the process?

Usually, dental implant advertisements are pretty misleading. There are very rare cases in which the entire procedure is completed in a week or so. In fact, when you consider different phases of the process, it is easy to guess that it will surely take a few months. Learn more from

Is there a requirement of bone graft?

In order to go for the procedure, it is necessary that your jawbone should be strong enough to support the implant. In many cases it is observed that patients lack this necessary bone structure. This could be due to:

  • Advance gum diseases which eventually destroy bone surrounding the teeth.
  • The erosion of bone structure beneath your missing tooth.

In such a situation, you need to go for bone grafting. This procedure restores the required strength in your bone and makes it possible to go for dental implants. In the procedure, a small part of bone is taken from elsewhere in your body and surgically attached to your jawbone. Before the dentist can go further with the procedure, the bone is required to heal completely. This might easily take 3 to 4 months depending on how much damage was caused initially and your healing capacity.

Stages of the procedure:

Stage 1: With the help of evaluation and x-rays, it is determined whether the implant can be attached immediately or bone graft is needed.

Stage 2: If bone grafting is not needed, the implant is placed on the jawbone. However, if bone grafting is needed implant is attached to bone after the healing is completed. The procedure of placing implant is completed within 1 to 2 hours, and the expected healing time is about 3 to 4 months after that.

Stage 3: When the area of implant is completely healed, your dentist will attach an artificial tooth to it. This procedure will take some 10 to 15 days to complete.

So, there you go. Now, you know everything about the process. All the best and congratulations on picking dental implant as an option to regain your perfect smile.

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