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How long does it take to get a dental implant?

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Illustration of teeth showing dental implant structure

Implants are one of the most popular restorative procedures done today.  Implants provide a permanent and reliable solution for patients seeking a beautiful white smile. At Dulay Dental we strive to work with each patient to develop a customized treatment plan to get them the smile they desire.

Typically dental implants take multiple appointments and a few months from start to finish. Patients that have broken, missing, or cracked teeth are great candidates for implants. The implant process has two steps. The first step involves placing the implant into the jawbone. This involves making an incision in the gum tissue to place the implant.

Once this is complete, there is a healing process that allows the implants time to fuse to the jawbone. It is important that the patient has adequate bone in the jaw to support the implants. Part of our evaluation process will determine if there is enough bone present, and bone grafts can be done to provide additional support if needed. If a bone graft is needed, this is an additional step that will involve healing time.

The healing process can take a few months depending on each patient and the amount of implants needed. Once the healing process is complete, an abutment or connector is place on top of the implant. This allows a crown to be installed on top. Custom crowns are made to match the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth. Temporary crowns may be used while you wait for your permanent crown to be installed.

Implants are built out of titanium and are made to last. If taken care of, implants can last upwards of 25 years or a lifetime. The entire process takes between four and six months.

If you are looking for that perfect smile, and think implants may be the solution for you, contact Dulay Dental to schedule your appointment.

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