Dental Implant Procedure: From Start to Finish

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A dental implant procedure is a surgical method in which an artificial root is used to replace a natural one. The dental implant, which is a titanium fixture designed to mimic the appearance of a natural tooth root, is positioned in the jaw in the location of the missing tooth.

This procedure can improve the aesthetics and strength of the mouth, addressing issues such as missing or damaged teeth. In addition, the implant helps to prevent bone loss by stimulating bone growth, unlike alternatives such as dentures and crowns.

How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Take?

The length of time it takes for a dental implant procedure to be completed can vary depending on several factors:

  • the number of implants being placed
  • the condition of the jawbone
  • the need for any preparatory procedures (such as bone grafting or sinus lifts)
  • the overall health of the patient

Typically, a single implant can take anywhere from three to six months to be completed. This includes the time for the implant to integrate with the jawbone (osseointegration) and for the abutment and replacement tooth to be placed.

However, if multiple implants are being placed or if preparatory procedures are required, the process can take longer, sometimes up to a year.

It’s important to discuss with your dentist about the time frame of your dental implant procedure and how long each step will take.

Dental Implant Procedure

The dental implant procedure typically goes like this:

1. Initial Preparation

The initial step is to find a dentist who specializes in this surgical procedure. After identifying a qualified professional, they will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and provide an overview of the preparation required before the implant procedure. Your medical history will also be reviewed and a treatment plan will be created during the initial consultation.

It is essential to conduct a comprehensive examination of the bone, nerves, and sinuses, and a panoramic X-ray will be taken to identify any underlying issues such as tooth decay or gum disease that may affect the implant process.

In cases where a decayed tooth needs to be extracted, the dentist may recommend waiting for one to two months before proceeding with the implant placement. However, in urgent cases, the tooth can be extracted and the implant installed on the same day.

For patients with a weak or damaged jawbone, a dental bone graft or sinus lift may be required to strengthen it. However, this procedure can significantly delay the implant surgery. Because it typically takes three to four months to heal before the implant can be securely placed.

Though it may seem like a lot of work for one tooth, proper preparation is essential for achieving successful implant results.

In short:

  • Find a dentist.
  • Conduct an examination.
  • Tooth extraction and recovery (if needed).
  • Dental bone graft and recovery (if needed).

2. Implant Placement

This procedure is usually done using local anesthesia. A sedative medication can also be administered to individuals who are anxious about the operation for a more comfortable experience. The dental surgeon will provide guidance based on the number of implants to be inserted and the complexity of the surgery.

The implant placement procedure typically went like this:

  • The oral surgeon makes an incision in the gum to access the bone.
  • They drill a hole where the titanium screw will be inserted.
  • The metal post is then screwed into place.
  • The gum tissue is then sutured to cover the implant to prevent food particles from getting lodged in the gum.
  • Recovery.

The healing time for this procedure ranges between four to six months. During the recovery time, the implant becomes attached to the bone through a process called osseointegration.

Given the delicate nature of this procedure, dental specialists must receive specific training to ensure precise implant placement for optimal results.

3. Abutment Installation

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After the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone, the abutment is installed. The abutment serves as a connector between the replacement tooth or implant crown and the implant.

The installation of the abutment requires a minor surgical procedure to access the gum line. This is typically performed using local anesthesia. Once the abutment is in place, the gum tissue is closed around it, but not covering it.

In some cases, both the implant and abutment are inserted during the same surgical procedure. Generally, there are no long-term negative symptoms for the patient as long as adequate healing time is allowed for the gums.

Your dentist may also provide a temporary crown for your teeth while the gums heal. This will avoid discomfort from the metal post protruding from the gums.

The recovery period for this procedure is approximately two weeks. And the final step is to have the porcelain crown fitted.

In short:

  • A minor surgical procedure to access the gum line.
  • Install the abutment.
  • Install a temporary crown (if needed).
  • Recovery.

4. Fitting the Crown

After your dental surgeon has taken fresh impressions of your teeth, they will sculpt the replacement tooth to fit your existing tooth structure.

Once the initial swelling in your mouth has decreased, you will return to the dentist for the final step, which is to have the new crown placed.

The dentist will take new impressions of your mouth, which will be used to create the artificial tooth that will be attached to the abutment.

Some people may choose to match the colour of their new crown to their natural teeth for a more natural appearance. While others may prefer a more noticeable aesthetic by choosing a permanent gold tooth.

5. Final Recovery

The recovery process after dental implant surgery can take some time. And it is normal to experience mild pain and discomfort. Common symptoms include swollen gums, pain around the implant post, gum bruising, and slight bleeding.

These symptoms should gradually improve over time and should not last longer than expected. If symptoms worsen, contact your dentist immediately for pain medication.

It is important to strictly follow post-surgery instructions to aid in faster recovery. Your dentist will monitor your progress, and you may need to visit the dental office more frequently.

Once the implant placement and recovery process are completed, you will be able to eat normally as implant teeth are just as strong as natural teeth.

Overall, a dental implant procedure can be a lengthy process. However, the result is worth the wait as it provides a permanent and natural-looking solution for missing or damaged teeth.

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Reviewed by

  • drg. Hanny Ardia, S.K.G.

    drg. Hanny Ardia, S.K.G., is a dedicated professional in the field of dentistry, with a strong educational background and a burgeoning career in the dental industry. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Dentistry from Mahasaraswati Denpasar University in 2021 and continued her journey as a Cooperative Assistant (Co-ass) at the same institution until 2023

    Her commitment to her profession is evident through her experience as a General Dentist Intern from 2021 to 2023, where she honed her clinical skills. Currently, she serves as an International Dental Patient Consultant at Bali Dental Voyage, where she provides online consultations, showcasing her expertise in patient care and dental services on an international scale in 2023.

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