Those considering dental implants in Manhattan often have questions beyond “what is an implant?” For example, “How long will the whole dental implant process take? Will I be without teeth or unable to eat for a long time?”
Dr. Toscano specializes in dental implants and is more than happy to answer any questions you might have during future consults. The following information, however, will provide you with a brief and general outline of what to expect.
After a detailed evaluation and layout of a treatment plan, the first phase usually is the actual placement of the implant(s) in a single visit. Most implants will then remain underneath the gums for 3 to 6 months. During this time the biological bonding of the jawbone to the implant occurs. Particularly if you’re receiving multiple implants, you may wonder how you’ll eat and carry out other functions in the interim.
Through this healing period, a modified denture, temporary denture or a bridge will often be installed to permit normal activities without restriction (after an initial modified diet of soft foods).
The second phase of the procedure is usually 3-6 months after implant placement. At this time, the top of the implants will be uncovered from under the gums and a small metal post or extension will be attached to the implant(s).
The third phase usually begins 2-6 weeks after the second phase. During a series of appointments, your new replacement teeth will be created and adjusted to ensure that the size, shape, color and fit completely blend and suit your individual facial characteristics. This third phase is usually completed within 4 to 8 weeks, for a total time ranging between 5 and 8 months.
Dental implants for Manhattan residents are something Dr. Toscano remains passionate about. Arrange your consult today with the best!