Your dental implant timeline will depend on several factors, such as the type of implant you choose, additional treatments required, and the rate at which you heal. One of our doctors can evaluate the condition of your smile and recommend a unique treatment plan during your initial consultation at our office in Missouri City, TX. At Fort Bend Dental, we provide traditional, mini, and All-on-4® dental implants as viable options for replacing missing teeth. Potential supplementary treatments include bone grafting and sinus lifts to improve bone density to secure the implant in place.
Stages of a Typical Treatment Timeline
Overall, the average dental implant timeline takes between four to six months. Although each plan will vary slightly, general steps include:
During your initial consultation, one of our dentists will perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jawbone using the latest technology, including panoramic digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. With this advanced imaging, we can determine which implant system is best for you. The doctor will review all the costs involved and the expected timeline with you, addressing any of your concerns. Once you are satisfied with the treatment plan, procedural appointments can be scheduled.
Your dental implant timeline will depend on several factors, such as the type of implant you choose, additional treatments required, and the rate at which you heal.
For patients whose damaged teeth are unable to be repaired with restorative procedures, an appointment will be scheduled for one or more extractions. Your doctor will administer anesthesia and sedation, if needed, before removing the damaged tooth. In most cases, recovery generally takes about two to three weeks.
If you are receiving traditional implants and your doctor finds insufficient jawbone density or inadequate spacing in the upper jaw, supplemental procedures will first be required. We can perform bone grafting or a sinus lift to improve your candidacy for implants, and overall treatment and recovery generally takes about three to four months.
Dental Implant Placement
Once your teeth and jawbone have been adequately prepared, your doctor will surgically insert your implant posts. Before doing so, he will administer anesthesia for optimal comfort. Depending on the amount of implants being placed, the surgery will take anywhere from two to four hours.
During this step, the implants will fuse with your jawbone to create a solid foundation for your restoration. This is the most important step for traditional implants and generally takes about four to six months. A temporary restoration can be placed over your implants while the jawbone is healing. Your dentist will monitor you over the course of this healing period through a series of follow-up appointments.
When you have fully recovered, your dentist will place abutments (connector pieces) on each implant. In most cases, it will take about two weeks for the soft tissue to heal around your abutments. For All-on-4 implants, this step is completed during implant placement.
Restoration Design and Placement
Your doctor will use digital imaging to take impressions of your smile for your restoration to be fabricated. Our office features CEREC technology for same-day dental crowns and bridges. In most cases, our partner lab will create your customized implant-supported denture with a two-week turnaround. With All-on-4® implants, we can attach your restoration the same day as your implant placement procedure.
Learn More During Your Consultation
Dental implants provide an excellent solution to restoring your smile. Contact our office online to schedule a consultation and learn more about what your timeline could entail. You can also reach our Missouri City office by calling 281-499-3541 or our Richmond office at 281-342-6178.