Dental implants are a fundamental part of modern dentistry and are crucial in the long-term treatment of missing teeth. The dental implant procedure can be lengthy, depending on your personal circumstance, yet it remains the best solution for replacing missing teeth and supporting oral health.
The idea of undergoing surgery can be daunting, especially if you don’t know what to expect. You may have many questions, such as how long does dental surgery take? Learning more about this highly effective dental procedure can help ease any concerns and allow you to make an informed decision.
The Importance of Dental Implants
Missing teeth lead to many dental problems. Teeth are an integral part of maintaining overall oral health and condition; without them, significant deterioration occurs. You can experience misalignment, issues with bite, and even have permanent changes in your facial structure.
Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. One of the primary reasons for this is their ability to act like a natural tooth, creating the pressure and stimulation required to maintain healthy jawbone density.
All dental implants consist of three parts: a screw-like body, an abutment, and the crown. The implant post is embedded within the jawbone and acts as a natural tooth root. Once this has healed, the dentist fits an abutment; this allows the implant post to connect to the crown.
The Dental Implant Procedure at DDII
To fit an implant, the patient needs to undergo dental implant surgery. A good candidate for dental implant surgery should have good overall health, be free from gum disease, and not have any pre-existing medical conditions that could affect the implant’s success, such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases.
A candidate for dental implants also needs to have adequate jawbone density and thickness to support the implant post. This may require additional surgeries, such as a bone graft or sinus lift.
At the Digital Dental Implant Institute, we use innovative technology to ensure maximum surgical efficiency, resulting in a faster, easier dental implant procedure. By digitalising this experience you’ll have faster healing, a shorter surgery duration, exact implant precision, fewer dental visits and better results. This computer-guided technology also allows patients with compromised jawbone density to undergo this implant procedure successfully
How Long Does Dental Implant Surgery Take?
When people decide to have dental implant surgery, one of the major concerns they have is how long the procedure will take. The idea of undergoing a long, drawn-out surgery can be anxiety-producing for many people.
The exact duration of this procedure varies from patient to patient, depending on the number of implants needed and any dental work needed prior to the surgery. The dentist may need to extract a tooth or perform a jawbone transplant to build up sufficient bone density before starting the implant procedure.
Each procedure requires adequate healing time before the next stage can occur, with bone grafts typically needing 2 weeks to heal, and up to 6 months to fully build enough bone tissue.
Most of the time, if the patient is healthy, a simple dental implant will only take 1-2 hours to perform. However, it can take between 3-6 months for the implant post to fuse with a patient’s natural jawbone and create a sturdy artificial tooth root.
The next surgery to place the abutment requires approximately 2-3 weeks’ healing time. After healing from the abutment placement, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth to create the artificial tooth restoration. It can take 1-2 weeks for your tooth to be fabricated and fitted at another appointment.
Arrange An Appointment
If you think you need dental implants or have questions about dental implant surgery, contact DDII to arrange an appointment. Call (02) 4058 2836 to discuss your options with one of our highly skilled, friendly dental staff members.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.