If you are missing teeth, you may assume that your only options are receiving implants or dentures from your dentist. A recent option to replace missing teeth is a combination of the two strategies: implant-supported dentures.There are some situations in which traditional dentures are better and others in which the implant-supported variety would provide greater…
How Long Do Implant Supported Dentures Take to Get?
The implant-supported dentures process can take anywhere from six months to a year to complete. The time it takes to get implant-supported dentures depends on a variety of factors and is unique for every patient. During the first visit with a dentist (the consultation), they can provide a tentative timeline for how long the process takes.
How long the implant-supported dentures process takes
Although every dentist may use their own treatment process and personalize the treatment plan based on the patient's specific needs, there are specific steps that patients can expect. This includes but is not limited to the initial consultation, the placement of the dental implants, and the placement of the dentures.
The initial consultation
The first step in the implant-supported dentures process is the consultation visit. This is a laid-back visit that allows the dentist and the patient to discuss treatment and decide if implant-supported dentures are the best solution. If so, then the dentist and their team can put together a treatment plan. This is also a great opportunity for the patient to ask any questions they have and address any concerns to ensure they are comfortable moving forward with the treatment process.
Bone grafting procedure (if necessary)
A bone great procedure may be necessary if the patient has experienced any bone loss in the jaw as a result of periodontal disease or atrophy from teeth loss. The bone grafting procedure involves restoring the jawbone density with either bone taken from other parts of the mouth or a healthy synthetic material. It can take a couple of months for the mouth to heal after a bone graft procedure.
The placement of the dental implants
The next step in the implant-supported dentures process is the placement of the dental implants, which is a form of minor surgery. During this procedure, the dentist or oral surgeon makes an incision into the gums and drills into the jawbone and properly positions each implant. The implants must go through a process called osseointegration, which involves the fusion of the jawbone and titanium implant together. This can take three to four months.
The placement of the dentures
After the implants fuse together with the jawbone and the patient’s mouth is fully healed from the implant placement, then a follow-up procedure is scheduled to attach the dentures onto the dental implants. This procedure is much less invasive and only takes one day. The patient can then wear their new and beautiful smile home. The dentist should provide detailed instructions on how to get used to the new replacement teeth and schedule a follow-up visit to ensure everything goes well with recovery.
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We encourage you to reach out to us today to arrange a visit with our dentist if you are considering implant-supported dentures. We believe all of our patients should enjoy a smile they are proud to show off, and we can help you throughout every step of the implant-supported dentures treatment process.
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