If you want the most natural-looking tooth replacement option, then you want dental implants. If you want a tooth replacement option that allows you to keep eating all your favorite foods and requires no special care, then you want dental implants. If you’re looking for a tooth replacement option that has the potential to last a lifetime, then you want dental implants.
Dental implants are, bar none, the best tooth replacement option available. But they do have one limitation: the dental implant process can take time. How long it takes depends on your oral health.
Best Case Scenario: Dental Implants Today
If you are having a tooth extracted, it’s often possible to get your dental implant placed right then, if you have good oral health and bone density. In fact, if you have a balanced bite, you may be able to get the aesthetic crown placed on top of the dental implant right away. This is uncommon: most people have to wait until the bone grows around the dental implant (called osseointegration) before you can have the final crown placed.
Waiting for Osseointegration: 3-6 Months
Dental implants work just like natural teeth because they’re integrated into your jawbone, just like natural teeth. To ensure the survival of your dental implants and their proper function, we normally have to wait for this integration to occur before we can place the final restoration on top of the implant.
For some people, this may take as little as three months, but it usually takes about six.
Periodontal Disease Treatment: ? Months
If you don’t have good oral health at the time you are looking to get your dental implants, the procedure may take longer. Periodontal disease can cause your dental implants to fail, so it’s important that we get it treated before we place your dental implants.
How long periodontal disease treatment takes depends on how serious your periodontal disease is, how well you follow care guidelines, and other factors that can be hard to predict. Count on this taking several months.
Bone Graft: 3+ Months
Sometimes periodontal disease destroys so much bone around your teeth that it’s impossible for us to place a dental implant without first restoring the bone. In a bone graft procedure, bone or bone-like material is placed at the site where you are going to have your dental implants, and then it is allowed to integrate with your native bone.
The length of time necessary for this step depends on how much bone was lost and how quickly your bone heals, but it typically takes at least three months.
Results Can Last a Lifetime
So, the dental implant procedure may be completed in a day, or it may take a year or more to complete. The good news is that, no matter how long your procedure takes, dental implants have been proven to last several decades, and there’s no theoretical reason why they shouldn’t last forever, if properly cared for.
To learn how long to expect your dental implant procedure to take, please contact Ravon-Knopf in Beverly Hills for an evaluation.