Dental Implant Timeline

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Phase 1: Consultation

Treating Doctors: General Dentists & Oral Surgeon

  • After thoroughly examining your mouth and reviewing any pertinent x-rays and other records, your general (restorative) dentist will refer you to a an oral surgeon, for an implant consultation (See: implant consultation).
  • Together, the oral surgeon and your general dentist will work as a team, and advise you and help you decide the best course of treatment.

 

Phase 2 (3-6 Months) Implant Placement and Healing

Treating Doctor: Oral Surgeon

  • The oral surgeon places the implants (which are small titanium anchors) beneath the gum line during the second phase of treatment.
  • The surgery is performed in the oral surgeon's office. The surgery takes one to three hours, depending on the number of implants recommended.
  • You will be given detailed instructions to prepare you for surgery along with instructions for the care of your mouth following surgery. (See: Post Operative Instructions)
  • After the implants are placed surgically, the healing stage begins which takes about 3 to 6 months.

During this time, the implants need to osseointegrate (attach) to your bone. The oral surgeon checks your progress periodically.

 

Phase 3 Implant evaluation, Possible Uncovering & Tooth Fabrication

Treating Doctors: General Dentist & Oral Surgeon

  • The oral surgeon will take a radiographic image of your implants to evaluate their stability.
  • If the Oral Surgeon has not placed healing abutments on top of your implants, a second surgery is performed. During this procedure he will expose the implants and place an abutment on top to allow the gum tissue to heal around the implant.
  • You will return to your general dentist who begins to fabricate your replacement teeth within a few weeks.
  • The replacement teeth will be permanently fitted onto the implants by your general "restorative" dentist.

Phase 4 (ONGOING) Maintenance

Treating Doctors: General Dentist & Oral Surgeon

  • The fourth and final phase of your treatment is the maintenance phase.
  • You should see your oral surgeon at least once a year to allow him to evaluate the health of your implants, gums, and bone structure.
  • Your restorative dentist will want to examine you at regular intervals for follow up care, and to monitor the health of your restoration.

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