At Dental Wellness of Westchase, Drs. Amy Creech-Gionis and Lennie Stern have helped many patients receive superior support for restorations with dental implants. While the dental implants timeline may seem surprisingly long at first, most patients are very pleased with their results, due to the unique benefits dental implants offer. When you come in for a consultation, our team will assess your oral health and explain each step that contributes to a successful treatment plan. For some of our Tampa, FL, patients, this process may include preparatory procedures that can lengthen treatment time. Our entire staff is dedicated to ensuring you are comfortable and healthy at each stage of the process.
Phases of Treatment
Dental implants are a multi-phase treatment that require multiple procedures and appointments but provide life-changing benefits and improvements.
Consultation and Development of Treatment Plan
During your consultation, our doctors and team will assess your oral and overall health to make sure your gums and jawbone are healthy enough for dental implants. We will take a series of diagnostic to assess your facial anatomy and plan implant placement. Drs. Creech-Gionis and Stern can explain each step of the process, including the estimated cost.
If you need bone grafting or sinus augmentation to become eligible for dental implants, these surgeries may add as much as four to nine months to your timeline, as you will need to be fully healed before receiving your implant posts.
The actual implant placement surgery will typically only require one outpatient procedure. The surgery will usually take one to two hours, depending on the number of implants you are receiving.
The most time-consuming step of the dental implants timeline is the period referred to as osseointegration, which can take three to six months. Immediately following implantation, new bone tissue will begin to grow into the grooves of the implant, fusing it with the bone. The gum tissue over each implant will heal only weeks after placement, but it may take several months for new bone tissue to grow enough to adequately stabilize the implants. When this period has ended, the implants will be permanently fused with the jawbone, and will create a secure base for your replacement teeth.
Abutment Placement and Final Restoration
Once our doctors have assessed that osseointegration is complete, an incision will be made in the gum tissue above each implant so an abutment can be attached. This structure connects the implant to your final restoration. After this step, you will need a couple of weeks for the gum tissue to heal properly around each abutment. When healing is complete, a dental impression will be taken and the prosthetic denture, bridge, or crown will be crafted in a dental laboratory. Waiting for your permanent restoration may take up to two weeks.
Successful healing and osseointegration ensures that you will be left with a long-lasting, natural-feeling replacement for your lost teeth.
A Permanent Correction for Missing Teeth
The timeline required for dental implants may seem long compared to traditional restorations, but the unique benefits of this treatment make this procedure a worthwhile investment of both time and money. Successful healing and osseointegration ensures that you will be left with a long-lasting, natural-feeling replacement for your lost teeth.
Restore Your Oral Health
Your treatment timeline will depend on your unique health concerns and goals. Our team can provide a personalized timeline after a thorough consultation at our office. Schedule an appointment today by calling our office at (813) 855-2273 or reaching out online.