Dental implants: How long does the procedure take?

“How long does the procedure take?” is one of the most common questions when someone considers getting dental implants. It’s crucial to have a clear understanding of what you can expect, both during and after the procedure. Therefore, in this article, we gladly provide you with all the information that you need concerning the duration and various phases of the dental implant placement process, so you can plan and prepare for your treatment meticulously and stress-free!

Phase 1: Initial consultation and planning

The first step in the dental implant procedure is a detailed examination and consultation, which includes X-rays, especially a cone beam CT-scan, to assess the health of your teeth and jawbone. During this phase, we create an individual treatment plan and a cost estimate for you, so you know exactly what to expect. This initial phase is crucial for the success of the treatment and can vary from a few weeks to a few months, depending on your specific needs and the necessity for preparatory treatments such as bone grafting.

Phase 2: Placement of the implant

The actual placement of the implant is a surgical procedure typically performed under local anesthesia by an experienced implantologist. For more complex treatments the procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery itself usually takes about half an hour per implant.

Phase 3: Implant integration

After placing the implant, your body must integrate the implant with the surrounding bone, a process known as osseointegration. This phase generally lasts three months.

Immediate Loading: A faster solution

In some cases, “immediate loading” may also be an option. This technique involves placing a temporary crown immediately after implant placement. This option is particularly useful for patients who have an urgent aesthetic or functional need. However, this technique is not suitable for everyone; the implantologist will determine if you are eligible for immediate loading based on the health of your jawbone and specific medical factors.

Phase 4: Placement of the crown, bridge or prosthesis

Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone, the next step is the placement of the permanent crown, bridge or prosthesis. These will function as the visible part of the tooth. The time needed to place the crown can vary, but it usually takes a few weeks to manufacture the permanent crown. The placement itself is a short visit to your implantologist.

Phase 5: Aftercare and follow-up

After the crown is placed, your dentist or implantologist will schedule follow-up visits to monitor the healing process of your implants and the health of the implant and surrounding tissue. Good oral hygiene and regular check-ups are essential for a smooth recovery and the long-term maintenance of your dental implant. Want to learn more about how to care for your dental implants? Read this article!

A skilled implantologist ensures a smooth procedure!

The total duration of the process of getting dental implants and the placement of the final crown or bridge can vary from about four months to more than a year, depending on individual circumstances such as the health of your jawbone, the number of implants you need, and the necessity for additional procedures. With the option of immediate loading, however, this process can be significantly shortened for some patients and both the implant and a provisional crown or bridge can be placed in one day. It is important to work with a qualified implantologist who can create a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs.

Are you looking for professional advice on dental implants or would you like to discuss the options of the procedure? Contact specialist Doctor Frank Vanhove here!

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