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Understanding The Dental Implant Process & Timeline: Your Complete Overview!

Many patients who are considering dental implants in Tempe ask what the process is like, and what they can expect during treatment and recovery. The team at Sol Dental offers a comprehensive overview of the process and timeline here, so you know there are no surprises during your treatment:

Step 1: Your Initial Consultation And Implant Planning

The first step of the implant process is scheduling an oral exam and consultation with Dr. Haendel. She will assess your oral health and the condition of your mouth to ensure that you are a good candidate for a dental implant.

If your jaw and gums are healthy enough to support dental implants, Dr. Haendel will take images and x-rays of your mouth to begin planning the implant procedure.

(Optional) Tooth Extraction, Bone Grafts And Sinus Lifts

At this point, an optional procedure may be required to prepare you for your implant. Your tooth may need to be extracted if it has not already fallen out, and if this is the case, you’ll need about 3-6 months to heal completely before your implant can be placed.

You may also need a bone graft or sinus lift if your jaw bone is not strong enough to support a dental implant on its own. It can take anywhere between 3-12 months to recover from a bone graft or sinus lift.

Step 2: Placing The Implant

At your next appointment, Dr. Haendel will use your customized implant plan to create a small opening in your gum line, and place your dental implant precisely where the root of your old tooth used to be. Then, the area is cleaned and sutured. A healing abutment or “collar” may be placed around the implant, to prevent the gums from growing over it.

Step 3: Recovery, Healing And Osseointegration

After your implant is placed, you will experience some pain and discomfort for several days. Your mouth will feel fully healed and back to normal around 7-14 days after the surgery. However, it takes 3-6 months for the implant to complete the process of “osseointegration.”

This is the process by which the dental implant bonds permanently to the surrounding jaw tissue and bone. You must wait until osseointegration is complete before having your restoration placed.

Step 4: Placing The Implant-Supported Restoration

At your final appointment, Dr. Haendel will remove the healing abutment or collar, and she may need to remove some gum tissue from around your implant. Then, she will place your implant-supported restoration. Most commonly, this is a dental crown built from porcelain, made to match your surrounding teeth and look completely natural.  

Start The Process Today – Restore Your Smile Permanently!

A dental implant is a big investment of time and money, particularly if you need a tooth extraction, or additional treatments like a bone graft or sinus lift. But dental implants are durable and long-lasting, and can easily last for the rest of your life with proper care.

If you’re ready to get started, contact Sol Dental right away. Dr. Haendel would be happy to examine your mouth to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Give us a call at (480) 360-3311, or come to our office at 2139 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282.

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