Dental Implant Timeline: How Long is the Procedure and Recovery Time?

Dental Implant Timeline: How Long is the Procedure and Recovery Time?

Jul 16, 2019

Although the surgical and healing time of a dental implant procedure will vary from patient to patient, following is some general information as a guideline to some of the most commonly asked questions we hear in our Palm Beach dental office.

How Will I Know What to Expect from a Dental Implant Procedure?

During your first appointment, it will take about an hour to discuss the various treatment options and procedural protocol to determine if a dental implant is right for you. The dentist will ask about your overall health and discuss the dental needs to create a tailored health plan and timeline from beginning to end which can vary anywhere from five months to one year, depending on each patient. This is also a good time to ask questions like “how long after extraction before I can get an implant?”

What is the Second Step in the Implant Journey?

Once all of your preliminary questions have been answered in your first appointment, you’ll be scheduled for a pre-surgical exam. During this time, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and jaw in preparation for the procedure. This is also a great time to ask additional questions that may have surfaced since your first visit. Usually, patients will have talked to family and friends about their dental implant in Palm Beach and have added questions to ask the dental care team. One of the most common questions is concerning the necessity of a bone graft procedure in concert with the implant process.

Will I Need to Have a Bone Graft Prior to Surgery?

Similar to the answer to the first question, the answer to needing a bone graft in Palm Beach will vary depending on factors that are unique to each patient, their overall health, their medical history, and more. If your dentist does recommend a bone graft, it will be to provide the best foundation possible for your dental implant to help ensure that the placement lasts a lifetime. If a bone grafting is necessary, it can contribute to added recovery time to the implant procedure.

Are There Any Hi-Tech Practices Used in the Process That Can Help Me?

Yes! Advanced dentistry such as that offered at Dr. Mitchell Josephs use hi-tech digital imagery to guide the placement of dental implants without incisions, scalpels, or stitches. This technique also allows the impression to be taken at the time of surgery, which means only two visits are necessary to finish the patient’s case, including the final porcelain crowns or permanent bridges.

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