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If you're thinking about getting dental implants, you may be curious about how long it might take. The answer depends on the health of your supporting bone.
Bone is an integral part of implant functionality as bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the newly placed implant to give it its characteristic strength. The implant also requires an adequate amount of bone to accurately position it for the best appearance outcome.
If the bone is sufficient and healthy, we can proceed with the surgical placement of the implant. The most common practice following surgery is to allow a few weeks for the bone integration described previously to take place before finally attaching the crown. With an alternative known as a “tooth in one day” procedure, we install a crown right after surgery, which gives you a full smile when you leave.
There's one caveat to this latter method, though—because the implant still requires bone integration, this immediate crown is temporary. It's designed to receive no pressure from biting or chewing, which could damage the still integrating implant. We'll install the permanent crown after the implant and bone have had time to fully mesh.
So, if your supporting bone is sound, the complete implant process may only take a few weeks. But what if it's not—what if you've lost bone and don't have enough to support an implant? In that case, the length of process time depends on the severity of the bone loss and if we're able to overcome it. In some cases, we can't, which means we'll need to consider a different restoration.
But it's often possible to regenerate lost bone by grafting bone material at the implant site. If the bone loss is moderate, it may take 2 to 4 months of regrowth after grafting before we can perform implant surgery. If it's more significant or there's disease damage to the socket, it may take longer, usually 4 to 6 months. It largely depends on the rate of bone regeneration.
In a nutshell, then, the health of your jaw's supporting bone has a lot to do with whether the implant process will take a few weeks or a few months. Regardless of the time, though, you'll gain the same result—new, functional teeth and a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”
Dealing with tooth loss? Our Worth, IL, dental team has the treatment you’re looking for.
Chances are good that you know someone who has one or more false teeth. Tooth loss is actually surprisingly prevalent among adults, and not just older adults. If you are missing one or more teeth, our dentists here at All Smiles are dedicated to giving you the treatment and care you need to rebuild your smile. One of the ways in which we replace missing teeth here in Worth, IL, is with dental implants.
How does dental implant work?
An implant is an artificial tooth root made from a biocompatible metal such as titanium that is incredibly durable and long-lasting. In order for the implant to replace the missing tooth roots, our Worth, IL, dental team will need to surgically place the dental implant into a pre-drilled hole in the jawbone. This surgical procedure is very minor and is performed under local anesthesia. The implant, once it fuses together with the jawbone, provides a stable and permanent structure from which to hold one or more false teeth.
What should I expect when I get dental implants?
The implant process does take time, so it’s important that you understand what goes into getting dental implants so you can decide whether this is the right option for you. Here are the steps that we take to give you your new tooth,
- You will come in for a consultation where we will examine your mouth and run X-rays to make sure you are an ideal candidate for dental implants. We need to make sure there is no active gum disease or decay, and that your jawbone is strong enough to support an implant.
- Like we said above, in order to get an implant, we will need to perform minor surgery to place the implant into the jawbone. It usually takes around 30 minutes to place a single implant. Once this is complete, we will stitch up the gums and give your mouth several months to heal.
- Once the jawbone and implant have fused together (known as osseointegration), you will come back into our office so that we can place a structure called an abutment on top of the implant. This will serve to connect the implant, which lies under the gums, with the false tooth.
- From there, we will give the gums several more weeks to heal and during this time also create a custom dental crown. Once the gums have fully healed, you’ll come back in so that we can check the fit of the crown and then cement it on top of the abutment to complete your implant.
While tooth loss may be more common than we want to admit, the dental team at All Smiles in Worth, IL, is making the process of getting dental implants and other tooth replacement options easier. To learn more about dental implants, call our office at (708) 448-0333 to schedule an appointment.
You're faced with a decision: replace a missing tooth with a dental implant or another tooth replacement. What should you do? At All Smiles in Worth, IL, your team of four dentists places state of the art dental implants in patients desiring the best smiles possible. Learn the benefits of implants (versus other replacement options) here.
The dental implant
The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that dentists in the United States place more than five million dental implants every year. Why is this number so high? One reason is that tooth loss is prevalent. The other is that dental implants provide the best long-term solution to that oral health problem.
What is a dental implant? It's a titanium screw or cylinder placed directly into the jaw. As the surgical site heals, the bone and implant bond together. Dentists call this osseointegration, and it firmly anchors the implant, making it a true artificial root. After some weeks to months, the implant receives a metal post and crown. In the case of multiple implants, the patient receives a bridge or denture, solving his or her more extensive tooth loss problem.
Better than anything else
Here's why your dentist at All Smiles in Worth, IL, recommends dental implants for many patients:
- Dental implants improve jaw size, shape and strength as they integrate with the bone. Other prosthetics, such as a conventional partial denture, just rest on top of the gums and do not exercise the jaw.
- Dental implants optimize biting and chewing, restoring efficient oral function.
- Implant-supported dentures are very stable and do not slip or shift position as you use them. Conventional dentures require re-fitting and often, application of adhesives.
- Dental implants normalize speech.
- Dental implants closely resemble real teeth as they are crafted according to your dentition and your dentist's instructions. No other tooth replacement looks so lifelike.
- Implants are easy to care for. As they remain in your mouth, there's no need for denture soaks or pastes.
- Dental implants require no modification of adjacent teeth. With conventional bridgework, your dentist must prepare the size and shape of natural teeth and attach crowns to anchor the prosthetic.
Ready for a great smile?
You'll be amazed at the many benefits dental implants offer. Call your dentist at All Smiles in Worth, IL, for a friendly consultation. We also serve Palos Heights, Palos Park, Oak Lawn and Chicago Ridge, IL. Phone (708) 448-0333.
If all you want is to cover gaps between your teeth for a fuller, more functional smile, dentures will do. They can be created to cover your entire gumline after complete tooth loss, or to superficially fill a space between two teeth. But if you are more concerned with your overall dental health and the stability of your teeth, ask a dentist at All Smiles in Worth, IL about dental implants instead!
The Function of Dental Implants
A dental implant's main function is to support a crown and restore a missing tooth. Each single implant replaces a single tooth, but they can also be used to support full denture devices. About two to four dental implants can provide ample support for permanently placed top and bottom dentures. Another function of an implant is to keep your remaining bone tissue strong and viable, for, over time, this tissue will disappear if it isn’t supporting a new tooth root.
Having an implant placed is a minor surgical procedure that can be completed in one relatively short appointment at our Worth, IL, dental office. The implant, shaped like a screw, is deposited below the gumline in the space left vacant by your missing or extracted tooth. The implant is then secured by sutures so that it can have time to heal undisturbed through a process called osseointegration. It takes some time for the implant to be firm enough to support a crown (about a few months).
How Long Will They Last?
With good care, an implant can remain a part of your smile for decades. It’s as stable as the roots of your natural teeth. Pristine dental hygiene and yearly dental visits will allow you to keep all of your teeth (including the implant) for a lifetime. However, keep in mind that you may need to have the dental crown restored about every 10-15 years to ensure that it continues to look attractive.
Stabilize Your Smile
Dental implants provide you with an unmatched level of smile stability. Schedule time to have your teeth examined by a dentist at All Smiles in Worth, IL by calling (708) 448-0333 today!
Dental implants are revolutionizing the way dentists treat tooth loss. Replacing both the roots of a missing tooth as well as the crown, implants are the most comprehensive dental restoration available, and the closest in design to a natural tooth. The dentists at All Smiles in Worth, IL, recommend implants for healthy adults missing any amount of teeth.
Get a Brand New Smile with Dental Implants in Worth, IL
There are two parts to a dental implant: the implant itself and the cosmetic crown. The implant is a small, biocompatible titanium screw that is surgically implanted in the socket of the missing tooth. Helping to secure the crown in place, the crown prevents the loss of healthy bone tissue in the gums—a common side effect of tooth loss and gum disease. The implant fuses with surrounding bone tissue through a process called osseointegration, and once this has healed, the cosmetic crown is attached.
Implants function and are cared for just like natural teeth, meaning that good oral hygiene and follow up dental care is important in order to prevent complications. With proper care, they have a very high success rate.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
In order to qualify for dental implants, you must be an adult in good health. There must also be enough remaining bone tissue in the gums in order to support the implant. You must also be able to commit to maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine at home, as well as attend regular check-ups and professional dental cleanings every six months.
Find a Dentist in Worth, IL
Dental implants can restore your smile, improve your oral health, and improve your quality of life. For more information and to learn if you qualify, contact All Smiles by calling (708) 448-0333 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.