The length of time a dental implant procedure takes depends on a few factors, such as the number of implants being placed, the complexity of the procedure, and the skill of the dentist or oral surgeon. However, in general, the procedure typically takes 1-2 hours.
The first step is to numb the area with local anesthesia. Once the area is numb, the dentist or oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gums and drill a hole in the jawbone. The implant is then inserted into the hole and secured in place.
If multiple implants are being placed, the dentist or oral surgeon may need to make multiple incisions. Once all of the implants are in place, the incisions are closed with stitches.
After the procedure, you may experience some pain and swelling. Your dentist or oral surgeon will give you instructions on how to care for your mouth and manage the pain.
It takes several months for the implants to fuse to the bone. During this time, you will need to wear a temporary denture or bridge. Once the implants are fused to the bone, a permanent crown or bridge can be placed.
The entire process of getting dental implants can take several months, but it is a permanent solution for missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about whether dental implants are right for you.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind about the dental implant procedure:
- The procedure may be more complex if you have had previous oral surgery or if you have a thin jawbone.
- You may need to take antibiotics to prevent infection.
- You will need to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for several weeks after the procedure.
- You will need to brush and floss your teeth regularly to keep the area clean.
With proper care, most people experience few complications from dental implant surgery. If you are considering dental implants, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon to learn more about the procedure and its risks.