How long does it take to get a dental implant?
From the time your dental implant is placed surgically in your jaw until you have a fully functioning replacement tooth is anywhere between three and six months. While this might sound like a long time to wait, patients who have gotten dental implants at our Bangor dental office say it’s well worth the wait!
The first step is to place the dental implant post in your jaw, which takes about an hour on average. Next, we wait. We wait for however long it takes for the titanium implant to integrate with the bone and tissue in your jaw. This healing period is critical because it’s when the implant becomes a functioning part of your jaw. How long it takes to heal completely is different for everyone.
When the implant is fully integrated, a connector piece called an abutment is attached to it. Dr. Buxton then places a restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture on the tooth. The result is a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.
Dental implants in Bangor, ME replace missing teeth and allow you to eat, speak, and smile confidently again. If you would like to learn if you are a good candidate, please call Maine Family Dental to arrange an appointment to meet with Dr. Buxton.