mature adult woman smiling with teethDental implants are the best tooth replacement option available. They look and function like your natural teeth, so you can smile with confidence and eat all the foods you used to enjoy. The main disadvantage of dental implants is that they sometimes take a long time to place. How long?

Your implant dentist will evaluate your oral health and decide. Here are some of the possibilities.

Best Case Scenario: Dental Implants Today

Sometimes, dental implants can be placed immediately. This depends on many factors. First, although you may be having a tooth extracted, overall your oral health must be good. You should be free of gum disease and have good bone density.

It’s actually common to get the dental implant placed at the time you have your tooth extracted. It’s less common to get the aesthetic crown placed atop the dental implant immediately. This depends on having a balanced bite as well as good oral health.

Waiting for Osseointegration: 3-6 Months

If your bite is not good enough to encourage the survival of an immediately placed dental implant, we may want to wait before placing the crown atop your dental implant. We’re waiting for your bone to grow around the dental implant. This step is essential to ensuring the benefits of dental implants: your ability to eat your favorite foods and the long-term life of dental implants depends on your bone growing around the dental implant to secure it.

For some people, this may take only about three months, but six is more common.

Periodontal Disease Treatment: ? Months

If you have periodontal disease, this must be treated before you can get dental implants. The length of time it takes to treat your periodontal disease depends on the severity of the disease, how well you follow our instructions, and individual factors that are hard to predict. Count on this taking several months.

Bone Graft: 3+ Months

If your periodontal disease resulted in bone loss at the site of the dental implant, we may have to perform a bone graft before we can place your dental implant. This is to ensure that there is enough bone to hold the dental implant in place securely. It generally takes at least three months for a bone graft to heal, but the amount of time depends on how much of a graft was necessary and your personal healing rate.

Results Can Last a Lifetime

The good news is that, although the dental implant procedure may take a long time, the results last much longer. Dental implants have been proven to last several decades, and in theory they can last forever as long as they are properly cared for.

If you would like to learn how soon you can get your dental implants, please contact Country Club Dentistry in Rancho Mirage today.