Dental implants are high-quality restorative treatments for patients missing one or more permanent teeth. If you are considering implants to secure a crown, bridge, or denture, you may wonder how long the whole implant process will take. Here, we will clarify each part of dental implant treatment in our Tampa, FL office, and how long preparation, surgery, and healing can take depending on your specific needs.
Dental Implants in Tampa, FL
Every patient has different needs, and requiring more preparation or implants can lengthen the time it takes to receive dental implants.
We may recommend an extraction, root canal, and/or bone grafting treatment, depending on your needs. We must ensure you are as healthy as possible before implant treatment. Bone grafting will also ensure that you have sufficient bone tissue to support your implants. It can take three or more months to heal following bone grafting treatment. As for dental extractions or root canal treatment, it can take a week to heal fully. Once you are fully healed, we can begin implant surgery.
It can take one to two hours to place a single implant. Surgery can take multiple hours depending on your type of restoration and the area of your mouth where we are placing the implants. We access the bone beneath the gums during this surgery and place the titanium implant posts. Then, we will cover each implant with a healing cap.
Once we place the implants, initial healing will take seven days. You want to stick to a soft diet immediately after you receive your implants. Eating hard or crunchy foods directly after treatment can irritate the implant site. Instead, eat foods like pasta, mashed potatoes, and soup. Avoid chips, steak, and other hard, crunchy, or chewy foods.
Then, your implants will take three to six months to heal fully. The implant anchors integrate with the jaw bone during the osseointegration healing process. The bone provides a stable foundation for the implant anchor, and the implants will ultimately secure the restoration. Once the implants are fully healed, we will attach your final restoration. We create custom restorations and can design and mill dental crowns in our office so patients can receive restorations quickly. This also means we will have a temporary crown or cap for patients before they receive their permanent crown, bridge, or denture.
We will monitor your implant treatment sites in our office to determine when you can receive your final restorations. Keeping the extraction sites clean and avoiding tobacco products can help speed up healing.
Do you have questions about dental implants? Call Historic Hyde Park Dentistry today at 813-733-6981. You may also request a dental consultation with Dr. Rebecca Benedict on our website.