How Long is the Dental Implant Process?

tooth replacement CharlottesvilleDental implants have become the go-to tooth replacement method in the last decade or so. While the science behind implant dentistry goes back to the 1960s, dental implants are still considered relatively new to the general public. Receiving a dental implant and the restoration that is ultimately attached to it is a process but the length of this process can vary from person to person because everyone’s circumstances are unique. After the initial implantation process, patients then undergo a recovery phase of treatment that is integral to the implant’s stabilization. This period could last six months or so—and in some cases longer. Our oral surgeon is an expert at placing dental implants. If you have questions about the implantation process, feel free to call our office.

Why does a dental implant need to stabilize?

A dental implant needs to stabilize so that it can perform like the root of a tooth does. When the implant is embedded into the jawbone, the body will need time to integrate to the implant. This needs to occur because the dental implant needs support to support a restoration and increase oral function. Over time, the bone surrounding a tooth replacement will fuse to and around it. Bone fusing to metal is what makes an implant have such a long lifespan.

What does a dental implant look like?

In a way, a dental implant looks similar to a screw. This is because the dental implant is a titanium component featuring a ridged texture and a tapered end. The tapered end of the implant is what is first embedded into the jawbone. The opposite end has an abutment, which is used to fasten restorations like dental crowns or prosthetics like bridges tightly to implants.

Will my new tooth look natural?

Once your custom restoration is attached to a dental implant, the tooth replacement process is complete. If you choose a white, tooth-colored material such as porcelain or porcelain fused to metal for your restoration, your new tooth will look very lifelike.

For more information about dental implants, call our office to reserve an appointment with our oral surgeon.