The Dental Implants Timeline: What to Expect Before, During, and After Treatment
Drs. Eugene Stanislaus and Lisa Reid have helped many patients renew the strength, function, and aesthetics of their smiles with dental implants. After losing teeth, this revolutionary restorative dentistry treatment can provide a lifetime of support for crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dental implants allow patients to eat, speak, and smile confidently, just as they did with their own natural teeth.
In order to ensure you are comfortable and confident about your dental implant treatment, we will provide information about the dental implants timeline during a personal consultation at our Brooklyn Heights, New York dental practice. In many cases, we can place your dental implants and restoration in one day. For more specific information about your treatment timeline and what to expect, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.
Step 1: Consultation
During your initial consultation, your doctor will evaluate your candidacy for dental implants and determine if this treatment is right for you. We will perform a comprehensive examination and review your medical history. Your doctor will be happy to answer any questions about the surgery and the cost of dental implants.
Step 2: Assessment
Each dental implant treatment is completely personalized based on the unique needs and features of each patient. To plan your treatment, we will perform advanced diagnostic imaging using computed tomography (CT) scans. These scans will help your doctor assess the strength of your jawbone and identify the best placement locations for your dental implants. If we find that you lack the necessary jawbone density to support the titanium posts, a bone grafting procedure may be able to help you qualify. Although bone grafting is a fairly simple process, it can lengthen your timeline by approximately six to 12 months while the area heals.
Step 3: Surgery
Drs. Stanislaus and Reid both have extensive experience with the surgical placement of dental implants. Because we perform each step of treatment at our practice, we can ensure you receive the highest level of care. Anesthesia and sedation will be provided as needed to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
Step 4: Healing Period
For some patients, we are able to attach their permanent restoration on the same day as their implant surgery. For others, the implants will require time to fuse with the jawbone over a period of three to six months. We will provide clear instructions for aftercare, which will help reduce your recovery time. You may need to schedule follow-up appointments so we can monitor your progress.
Step 5: Attaching the Restoration
After the implants have healed in place, you will return to our practice to receive your permanent restoration. During this final stage of treatment, we will first attach an abutment, which is a connector that rests above the gum line, to the top of each implant post. Your doctor will then attach the new crown, bridge, or denture securely in place to restore the strength and function of your smile.
Contact Us to Learn More
Dental implants are widely considered to be the best restorative option after tooth loss. To learn more about the dental implant treatment timeline, please contact our friendly staff today.