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How Long Does it Take to Get a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant is a great option for replacing missing teeth. Implants help stabilize your bone and tooth alignment just like natural tooth roots do. They can help you chew food with ease and smile with confidence.

Placing an implant isn’t even major surgery; you can get the procedure done within a couple of hours without sedation, if you wanted.

The only drawback to getting dental implants is that it’s quite an investment of time.

On average, the implant process takes six to eight months to complete. For some people, it can take even longer.

Why Does it Take So Much Time to Get an Implant?

The implant is a small, artificial root inserted into the bone underneath your gums. This prosthesis doesn’t have a firm grip, initially. It’s up to your body to gradually regrow healthy bone around the implant to secure it. This healing process takes some time.

In the meanwhile, you can’t put weight on the implant or you could dislodge it and delay the healing period.

Can You Speed Up the Dental Implant Process?

You can’t rush healing, and getting a successful dental implant is all about just that. There are things, however, which can slow down proper healing. Bumping your implant before it’s healed and smoking, for example, are sure to delay or jeopardize the process.

Conversely, you can promote healing by boosting your health. Eat a healthy diet in the months leading up to your procedure. Post-procedure, get lots of rest, stay hydrated, avoid smoking, and follow your dentist’s instructions for recovery.

Getting a dental implant does take time. Talk with your dentist about how you can prepare to make the process as short as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

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