The procedure involves one, or multiple (depending on how many teeth are being replaced) titanium posts being inserted using pressure controlled drills. Sometimes, the doctor may choose to do platform switching which using a thinner gauge implant to preserve alveolar bone levels around the posts.
In some cases, certain preparatory procedures are required before new artificial roots can be placed. If the patient has a deficient jawbone, as one example, a graft may be needed to strengthen its density and allow a strong base for the placement. Bone grafting does affect the timeline because an additional 6 to 9 months will then be required for the healing period.
When grafting is not advisable, the patient can opt for mini dental implants. These are smaller in diameter than a regular implant. Because they are smaller, they can be inserted into less dense bone.
Healing takes place over 4-6 months in a process known as osseointegration. During this process, bone and gums grow in and around the tooth replacement.
The implant doctor will schedule multiple follow-up appointments with the patient during the recovery process to evaluate the rate of healing.
While you’re waiting, a custom restoration will be created, ready for installation as soon as everything is healed, allowing for rapid results. You will love your new smile.
Dental Implants Cost
Dental implant costs can be manageable. Call us to help you make dental implants affordable within your budget.