When you choose dental implants to replace your missing teeth, your treatment will take longer than other restorative care options. From planning to completion, it can take six months or longer. However, this lengthier process will also result in more realistic, stable, and long-lasting restorations. Furthermore, at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist, we use advanced technology to make our treatments as efficient and convenient as possible. Your dental implants timeline will consist of your initial consultation, evaluation, surgery, recovery, and prosthesis attachment. Dr. Jason Hecht or Dr. Alex Hecht in Staten Island, NY, can explain exactly what you can expect and how long treatment should take.
Before recommending implants, you will have a complete consultation. During this appointment, we will explain the various restorative treatments available, as well as the different types of dental implants. This visit gives you the chance to meet our friendly team and to ask as many questions as you like. If you are interested in implants, we will determine your candidacy for the treatment. The most important considerations are your oral and physical health, as well as your jawbone density.
Planning Your Treatment
If we decide that implants are right for you, we will schedule an additional evaluation. During this appointment, Dr. Alex or Dr. Jason Hecht will create a detailed and one-of-a-kind surgical plan. Our office is equipped with a CT scanner, which can capture three-dimensional images of your jaw to reveal the strongest and weakest areas of your jawbone. If you have lost bone tissue, your doctor may recommend a bone graft or sinus lift. After these procedures, you may need to wait four to six months before proceeding with implant surgery. The CT scans will also help your dentist determine the right places for dental implants. Sometimes, with careful placement, he can eliminate the need for a bone graft.
Your Implant Surgery
Because of our incredibly precise treatment planning, our dental implant surgery is very efficient. Of course, the duration of your surgery will vary based on the number of implants you receive. We will first numb your gums, and we will typically provide additional sedation to provide maximum comfort. Your surgeon will create pilot holes in your jaw, accessing the bone through small incisions in your gums. He will set between one and six implants, depending on the size of your restoration. A crown requires just one implant, while a full denture may require up to six posts.
Because of our incredibly precise treatment planning, our dental implant surgery is very efficient.
Healing and Osseointegration
Recovery from implant surgery usually takes between four and six months, depending on your body’s response to treatment and its ability to heal. During this period, osseointegration will occur. As your jawbone produces more collagen and cartilage, the tissue will fuse around the implants. The posts will become part of your anatomy, providing a stable base for your restoration. Our team will supply medications, dietary guidelines, and other suggestions to speed recovery and reduce discomfort.
Restoring Your Dental Implants
In most cases, we will attach your dental restoration once your jaw has fully healed. This prosthetic will be custom-crafted from advanced materials.It will have a natural sparkle and color, and will fit comfortably. While you are waiting to receive your prosthetic, we can provide a temporary restoration. It will not be as stable as your final crown, bridge, or denture, but can provide more complete dental function in the interim. In some cases, we can provide an implant-supported denture more quickly. For example, if you receive Teeth Tomorrow®, we will attach a zirconia restoration the next day. With All-on-4® dental implants, we can provide an implant-supported denture the same day as your surgery.
Contact Us for More Information
We can provide an estimated dental implants timeline at your consultation. Contact our office online to book an appointment or give us a call at (718) 705-4434.