The dental implant process happens in multiple steps. This means that more than one healing stage may be needed. Depending on how many teeth are being replaced, the patient’s health, and other factors, healing times will vary.
Here’s a little about what will happen in between the procedure and recovery during each stage. Once these steps are successfully finished your dental implant treatment will be complete.
If bone grafting is required before the implant can be placed, a waiting period of approximately four to six months will be necessary before the implant portion of your treatment process can be started. Bone grafting is generally required in cases where the patient is lacking healthy bone in the area the implant will be placed.
When extraction is required prior to the implant procedure, there will also be a healing period necessary. Thanks to new advances in dentistry, dentists can now often place the implants at the same time as the extractions, so that there is no double healing time required. This phase of the implant process can take around a week to heal, depending on the patient’s health.
Following a four to six months break, once the bone has integrated with the implant metal, the second part of the dental implant procedure can take place.
Now your dentist will attach an abutment to your dental implant, to which either an artificial tooth (a dental cap) or denture will be attached.
For more information about what to expect from your dental implant treatment process, please contact our Surrey dentists today!