“How Long Does it Take to Get My Tooth After an Implant is Placed?”
So you’ve decided to get an implant! We think you will find that it is one of the best decisions you’ve ever made for your smile. Once the permanent crown is attached, it will look and feel so natural you might even forget that it’s there!
In order to give your new investment the best chance for success, Dr. Agarwal is going to let it heal for a while after the initial surgery. Your jaw is going to go through the process of osseointegration, which means integrating the new titanium root into the bone, recognizing it as part of the jaw, and growing new bone around it. This process can take up to 6 months for some people, while others do not require that length of time.
“Wait! Am I Going to Have to Go Without a Tooth for Six Months?”
No. That’s not going to happen. Dr. Agarwal is going to make sure your implant has the best chance of healing, which means it needs to be covered so that food debris doesn’t get trapped. In most situations, we’ll put a healing cap or a temporary crown over the area of your implant surgery. The temporary prosthesis will be a little smaller than the rest of your teeth, because the implant is not yet able to bear the weight of chewing yet. But your smile won’t have a gaping hole that you’ll feel that you need to hide!
Dr. Agarwal will most likely schedule you for at least two postoperative visits before your get your permanent crown, possibly more. These visits will be to check that your gum and bone are healing correctly, and to take impressions of your bite. The impressions will be used to create the permanent crown so that everything aligns and blends properly with the rest of your smile. After all, you want to have this new tooth for several years.
Once the site has healed and the bone has integrated the implant, the dental crown can be placed over an abutment on top of the implant. Depending on what you and Dr. Agarwal have decided, the crown may be permanent, just like a regular tooth, multi-unit bridge, or a larger removable prosthesis such as a denture (for multiple missing teeth.)
“Can’t I just Keep the Temporary Cap? “
No. The temporary crown is not hard or stable enough to remain on your tooth for the long term. The crown could begin to break down if it stays on too long, exposing the implant and gum. If you have a new implant, you must also top it off with a permanent restoration.
Whatever has brought about your implant surgery, whether through planned extractions or replacing teeth that have been gone for years, the important thing is to plan out the entire procedure ahead of time with our Raleigh implant dentist, Dr. Agarwal. He will be happy to answer any and all questions that you may have. You need to feel prepared and informed before you begin, and at Raleigh Dental Arts we want that for you as well!