How long do dental implants take?
The treatment length for your dental implant will depend on a few factors. After a complete exam with Dr Wong, he will discuss an estimated timeline for your dental implant treatment. While treatment times vary, our patients tell us they are worth the wait.
Some of the factors Dr Wong will consider when planning your treatment include:
When the tooth was extracted – In some cases, we can extract a tooth and place your dental implant in a single visit, eliminating the need for an additional procedure. This will shorten treatment time and the number of visits required.
Healing and integration – Every person heals differently, and the time it takes for a dental implant to fully integrate with natural bone varies. It usually takes between 3 to 6 months.
How many dental implants – Are you choosing to replace a single missing tooth or are you replacing all missing teeth on the upper or lower arch? The number of dental implants will also affect treatment times.
Gum grafting – If you require gum grafting to improve bone quality, we will need to wait for the bone to heal before placing the dental implant.
Smoking – Smoking can slow down the healing process and add extra time to treatment. If you do smoke, choosing to quit before implant placement may shorten healing times.