Your Treatment Timeline Will Depend on Your Unique Needs
Patients who want dental implants are often hesitant about the required time commitment for treatment. Your unique timeline will vary based on a number of factors, including whether you choose traditional or mini implants. With traditional dental implants, you may need to wait several months before you can receive your restoration. However, Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel also offer advanced same-day implants at our office in Queens, NY. For eligible patients who want to expedite the dental implant process, we can place mini dental implants and the restorations in just one appointment.
Timeline for Traditional Dental Implants
Expedite the Process with Teeth-in-a-Day
In some cases, your dental implants timeline could be considerably shortened. With teeth-in-a-day, Dr. Degel or Dr. Every-Degel can place mini implant posts and attach a Prettau® bridge or full denture in a single office visit. Because the implant posts are smaller, they impact less of your jawbone structure. Additionally, our dentists use SIMPLANT® software and Mini Drive-Lock® implants to speed your recovery time.
Although dental implants can require a lengthy time investment, you can enjoy their benefits for a lifetime.
Planning Your Treatment
Before you receive your implants, you will have a complete consultation with Dr. Degel or Dr. Every-Degel. Your dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants and begin planning your personal procedure. At this time, he or she can give you a good approximation of your dental implant timeline. You may require some preparatory procedures before you can receive implants. For example, if you have suffered jawbone recession as a result of tooth loss, you may require a bone graft.
During this procedure, your dentist will enhance your jawbone to create a strong base for your implants. Bone grafting will affect your implant timeline. Typically, you will have to wait six to 12 months for your bone to heal. After recovery, Dr. Degel or Dr. Every-Degel can place your implants.
What to Expect During Placement
If you do not require any preparatory work, your dentist may schedule your implant surgery soon after your consultation. The length of the surgery will vary, depending on how many implants you are going to receive. It will typically take an hour if you are going to receive one implant. The surgery may last two or three hours for multiple implant placement.
Recovery and Final Restoration
It will usually take about four to six months for your bone and gums to seal around the implant posts in a process called osseointegration. During this time, you may have several follow-up appointments, so your dentist can monitor your progress. While you recover, our dental lab will fabricate your restoration. It should be ready for placement as soon as your jaw has healed. When you have recovered, you will return for your second appointment.
It will usually take about four to six months for your bone and gums to seal around the implant posts in a process called osseointegration. During this time, you may have several follow-up appointments, so your dentist can monitor your progress.
Your dentist will check the fit of your restoration. If there are no necessary adjustments, he or she will attach your new teeth to the top of the implant posts. You will typically leave the office with full dental functionality and a beautiful smile.
Learn More about Your Personal Timeline
Although dental implants can require a lengthy time investment, you can enjoy their benefits for a lifetime. Our practice also has several options available for patients who want to shorten their treatment time. To find out what type of implants may be right for you and to begin planning your implant procedure, contact Astoria Dental Group online or call us at (718) 278-1123.