There are multiple steps to the dental implant process. That means that more than one healing stage may be needed. Your healing time will depend on how many teeth are being replaced, your health, and a few other factors.
Here are the steps involved in the dental implant process and approximate recovery times for each stage.
If you require bone grafting 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 required in cases where the patient is lacking healthy bone in the area where the implant will be placed.
When an extraction is required ahead of the implant procedure, there will also be a healing period necessary. The good news is that with 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 stage can take about a week to heal, depending on your health.
Once four to six months have passed, and the bone has integrated with the implant metal, the second part of the dental implant procedure will take place.
Finally your dentist can 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 out of your dental implant treatment process, please contact our Surrey dentists today!