A dental implant is a metal tooth root that allows a crown, bridge, or denture to attach onto it. It can be used to replace one or more missing teeth to restore your smile and chewing function.
In general, the time taken from the initial consultation to getting a brand-new tooth is around 4-6 months, however in certain cases it can take up to 12 months. Even though this may be a significant timeframe dental implants are considered the “gold standard” to replace missing teeth and with good reason:
|Timeframe (from initial consultation)||Procedure|
|0 months||Initial consultation, 3D cone-beam x-ray|
|0 months||Implant placement and bone graft|
|0.5 months||Review and remove stitches|
|5 months||Expose implant and place cap|
|6 months||Crown placed onto implant|
We completely understand that missing a front tooth can be very distressing, especially if it takes several months to have a replacement tooth. However, you can rest assured that you will not need to have a gap in your smile.
A temporary denture can be constructed and fitted on the day the dental implant is placed, and worn until the crown is placed on the implant so that you never have to smile without your front tooth.