Your dental implants timeline will depend on several factors. At 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, Dr. Mike Meek and Dr. David Tasch can establish an estimated timeline for you after a thorough evaluation of your smile and oral health history. They can coordinate with top oral surgeons to place your implants. Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will complete the implant restoration process, giving you a smile you can showcase sooner rather than later.
Step 1: Initial Consultation
When you meet with Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch, they will review your medical history and evaluate your oral health. This will include a physical examination, as well as taking x-rays and other images. They will evaluate your jawbone health to determine if you qualify for dental implants or if you will need a preparatory procedure, such as bone grafting. At this time, they can discuss the type of prosthetic you will require (crown, bridge, or dentures), and provide you with an estimated treatment timeline.
Step 2: Preparatory Procedures
If you require preparatory procedures, such as tooth extraction or bone grafting, we may need to perform these prior to or in conjunction with the placement of your dental implant. You will need time to heal after these procedures before advancing to the next step in the process. The amount of time needed will vary depending on your oral and bone health. We work with progressive surgeons that are experts at regenerating bone with various bone grafting procedures that can be combined with the extraction and dental implant placement. In many cases, this is also combined with placement of a temporary crown on the implant so that you will not have to go without a tooth.
Step 3: Implant Placement
Our practice works closely with the skilled oral surgeon next door to our practice for dental implant surgery. This makes the process more convenient for our patients by avoiding the need to travel between locations. Working alongside Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch, the oral surgeon will carefully plan the precise locations for your implants prior to surgery. In many cases, we will use virtual surgery software to “perform the surgery before your surgery” and generate a 3D printed surgical guide to ensure safety and excellent outcomes.
Dental implant surgery is a highly personalized procedure. Each patient has different needs and circumstances that we must accommodate.
When restoring a whole arch of teeth, patients may need anywhere from four to eight implants in the upper or lower jaws. The total number of implants needed depends on how many teeth are missing. All implants are strategically placed to maximize jawbone stimulation and implant stability.
Step 4: Osseointegration
Once the implants are in place, we must allow time for osseointegration to take place. This is a process in which the implants permanently fuse with the jawbone. The exact duration of this process varies from patient to patient, but most cases are ready for final restorations in sixteen weeks. We make every effort to make that period comfortable for the active, traveling, and busy lives of our patients. Most cases where teeth are being replaced in visible areas will have fixed temporary restorations to prevent unsightly gaps in your smile.
Step 5: Implant Restoration
At 38th Street Dental, we monitor patients closely throughout the osseointegration phase. Once your surgeon determines that the implants are fully integrated with the jawbone, we can then begin your beautiful, permanent restorations. This involves attaching abutment pieces to the implants, which involves a two-week healing period, on average. We can then take impressions for your final restoration and can begin finalizing your new smile. Once we receive your custom prosthetic from the lab, we will permanently attach the lifelike restoration to the implant abutments.
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Dental implant surgery is a highly personalized procedure. Each patient has different needs and circumstances that we must accommodate. Therefore, no two timelines are the same. To find out if you qualify for dental implants, contact our practice today. We are happy to answer all your questions and help you understand how this treatment can be tailored to your needs.