Understandably, patients who are pursuing dental implants following tooth loss hope to get through the process as quickly as possible. However, it’s important to give careful consideration to all of the aspects of a patient’s situation that could have an effect on the long-term success of the procedure.
An implant dentist treats each patient on a case-by-case basis, so it’s virtually impossible to give one treatment timeframe that applies to all patients.
At your initial consultation, the implant dentist will gather a great deal of information that will help shape your specific treatment plan. This will include a variety of techniques and technological devices.
The dentist will take x-rays to examine the quality of the bone at the implant site. If there is not enough bone present, the patient may need to have a bone graft before the implant can be placed, which can add a number of months to the treatment timeframe.
Different patients will have different timelines toward the ultimate goal—a durable tooth replacement.
Sufficient bone is essential to long-term dental implant stability, as the bone’s bond with the implant is what makes this device so durable. A bone graft can be a valuable investment of a patient’s time, even if it does increase the time spent waiting for the implant.
The patient may also need to wear a temporary prosthetic crown, bridge or denture while waiting for the osseointegration process, in which the jawbone bonds with the implant, to be completed. At a later time, the patient then returns to be fitted with the permanent prosthetic.
We understand that our patients want to move forward with dental implant placement as quickly as possible, but we want to give patients the best chance of positive, long-lasting outcomes. Different patients will have different timelines toward the ultimate goal—a durable tooth replacement. After evaluating your case, our skilled dentist, Dr. John B. Morris, can give you a better idea of what to expect from dental implant treatment. Contact our office today to learn more about your options.