How Long Does it Take to Get Dental Implants? | Dr. Donald Wilcox, Glendale, Arizona

How Long Does it Take to Get Dental Implants? | Dr. Donald Wilcox, Glendale, Arizona


We provide dental implants here at Desert
Smiles and we’re often asked how long the procedure takes, what’s all involved. A dental implant is just basically a man-made
root that’s placed in the bone to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The actual placement of the implant is a one-visit
procedure. We do some preliminary work before that to
ensure that we have the best available bone available through a 3D scan – and from that
we will do a computer generated design of the implant, secure the best possible placement
and position for that implant, and make a surgical guide to ensure it is placed there. This creates implant success well-over 95%
on a 5-year basis. We will then place a temporary restoration
in the area of the missing teeth. We do not want to put the final restoration
in/on an implant immediately because all of the literature shows that if you load an implant
immediately, before it’s had time to adequately heal and integrate with the body, the success
rate goes down. We don’t feel like this is worth the risk
for long-term. But we will ensure that you have a very pleasing
appearance, temporary -wise, that will meet your cosmetic needs during the healing period
before the final restoration is placed – and this usually will happen in a three to four
month period.

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