Dental Implants Timeline

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you need to speak with a skilled Livingston cosmetic dentist as soon as possible. There are a number of aesthetic and dental health issues that you will face because of missing teeth, and it’s important that those get resolved as soon as possible so that they do not become more serious dental problems down the road.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the existing structures of the mouth. This means that they are fused with the jawbone as well as your gum tissue for a secure hold.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are able to hold dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures in place securely as if they were your natural teeth. This means improved bite strength over removable dental restorations as well as better appearance in general.

Since the dental implants are fused with the actual structures of the mouth, they help prevent bone loss and gum recession from occurring as well. This will prevent dental health issues that will affect your surrounding teeth as well as other parts of your mouth.

The First Step: The Consultation

The first step of the dental implants procedure will be the initial consultation. When you are at our Livingston cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice, we will do a full assessment of your dental health to determine if dental implants would be the right solution for you. Sometimes severe bone loss or gum recession may prevent a patient from getting dental implants. The same is true of some medical conditions.

The Second Step: The Oral Surgery

The next step of the dental implants process will be the oral surgery to place the dental implants. During this surgery, the dental implants will be rooted into place in the tooth gap. Following the surgery, a temporary dental restoration will be placed. It’s important that patients follow our guide for post-operative care once the dental implant is in place.

The Third Step: The Recovery Period and Osseointegration

The most crucial step of getting Livingston dental implants is the recovery period. During this months-long process, osseointegration will take place. This basically means that the dental implants will become one with the gum tissue and bone structure of your mouth. This will mean a sturdy hold and improved stability for dental restorations.

The Final Step: Placing the Final Dental Restoration

Once the healing process is completed, you will return to our practice to get your final dental restoration placed. Final fittings and adjustments to the dental restoration can be made at this point so that your smile looks the best that it can be.

How long does dental implants treatment take in all?

Generally the healing process for getting dental implants takes between three to six months and will vary from patient to patient. The overall treatment process from consultation to final placement of the restoration will take roughly six to ten months, sometimes longer in certain circumstances.

Schedule a Consultation for Implant Dentistry

If you would like more information about dental implants and how they can be of benefit to you or someone that you love, contact our Livingston cosmetic dentistry office serving Short Hills, Millburn, and West Orange today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you here in person and discussing your dental care goals in more detail.