The dental implant process usually happens in multiple steps. This means that more than one healing stage is be needed. Healing times will vary depending on a number of factors such as how many teeth are being replaced and the patient’s health.
Here’s what will happen in between the procedure and recovery during each stage. Once these steps are successfully finished, you will be finished with your dental implant treatment!
If bone grafting is required before the implant can be placed, a waiting period of approximately four to six months will be necessary before the implant portion of your treatment process can be started. Grafting is usually required in cases where the patient is lacking healthy bone in the area the implant will be placed.
If an extraction is required ahead of the implant procedure, there will also be a healing period necessary. However, with new advances in dentistry, dentists can now often place the implants at the same time as the extractions, so that there is no double healing time. This can take around a week to heal, depending on the patient’s health.
After four to six months have passed, and the bone has integrated with the implant metal, the second part of the dental implant procedure will take place.
At this time, your dentist can an abutment to your dental implant, to which either an artificial tooth (a dental cap) or denture will be attached.
For more information about what to expect out of your dental implant treatment process, please contact Ladner Village Dental today!