If you need to replace a tooth, then you will most likely need to get a dental implant.
However, getting this type of implant is not as simple as one trip to the dentist, as the entire process takes time. This can take anywhere from 5 months to a year.
You will need to start with a consultation followed by preparation for the surgery, have the actual surgery and then go through the recovery phase.
The time it takes will also greatly depend on factors such as your current health, whether tooth extractions or grafting are required before the surgery etc.
So, due to the fact that everyone’s dental implant process is different, there is no set time it will take.
We will now take a closer look at the entire process along with a few tips and guidelines you should keep in mind.
The first thing that will need to be done is to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implant surgery.
This will be done in an initial consultation that will take approximately 60 minutes long.
You can expect to do a 3D CT scan where the dentist will look at the area that needs the implant as well as the health of your entire mouth.
What Happens After The Initial Consultation?
After the first consultation, the dentist will come up with a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.
They will also likely schedule the next appointment in order to get ready for the surgery.
During this appointment, they will create impressions of your jaw and teeth. You can also use this time to address any concerns you may have Depending on the state of your teeth, you may or may not have to do a tooth extraction.
If you do require a tooth extraction, then your bone health is another factor to be considered by your dentist.
In the event that your bone is infected or you have bone loss, then the dentist will need to do a procedure known as bone grafting.
If your bone is healthy, then the dentist can move forward with the implant surgery.
What Happens If Bone Grafting Is Required?
If bone grafting is needed, then this will add extra time to the entire process.
You will require at least 4 months to fully heal after the bone graft surgery and only after you’ve healed can you then do the dental implant surgery.
Bone grafting is extremely important because the implant needs to adhere to the bone in order for it to be stable.
Dental Implant Surgery
During the actual implant surgery, the dentist will place the implant into your jawbone.
This entire surgery will only take about an hour if you’re only having one implant placed. After the surgery, you will need 4 – 6 months to fully recover.
Once that implant is fully fused, it will be just like any other tooth in your mouth.
In closing, we have just looked at the entire dental implant process as well as how long it will take.
This is a serious procedure, so don’t be shy to ask your local Sunbury dentist at Vineyard Dental as many questions as you need to in order to be comfortable.
Vineyard Dental Clinic offers a full array of dental services in Sunbury to help you and your family maintain healthy teeth.
We work with our patients to find the most suitable solution to their unique issues.
To learn more about the services we provide, contact us today on (03) 9740 2048 or through our website http://vineyarddental.com.au/