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How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Take?

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If you’re considering getting dental implants in the Twin Cities area, there are probably a few questions you have before you confirm to the procedure. At the Minnesota Center for Dental Care, our revolutionary Hybridge Dental Implants provide life-changing comfort, renewed confidence, and easy dental maintenance.

If you’ve experienced the loss of one or more teeth or have a tooth that can’t be restored—Hybridge Dental Implants are a great option that allows you to eat, smile, and feel confident in your teeth once and for all.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants combine the latest advances in micro-dentistry and periodontal craftsmanship and are the strongest, most permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are similar in shape and size to a natural tooth root and are typically made of titanium for its strength and ability to fuse to bone over time. Zirconia implants are also a popular choice. Dental implants are ideal for patients who have missing or compromised teeth due to periodontal disease, decay, injury, or for those who have congenitally missing teeth. They can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire upper or lower jaw of teeth. The Minnesota Center for Dental Care uses Hybridge Dental Implant restorations that are developed in the USA with precision technology and craftsmanship to maximize both function and aesthetics.

Titanium or Zirconia Dental Implants?

There are advantages to using either type of dental implant – titanium or zirconia. Titanium implants have been around longer, so they have more clinical studies, and decades of evidence proving it as a successful material for dental implants. Zirconia has emerged as a great alternative to titanium implants. Zirconia implants are proving to have superior soft-tissue response, biocompatibility, and aesthetics to titanium implants.

Another factor to consider is the location within the mouth that the implant will go. If you need to replace a front tooth, a zirconia dental implant might be a better option, as the natural white color of zirconia would be more suitable in a specific situation where aesthetics would be crucial.

Titanium implants offer the following attributes: metal based, biocompatible, coated to prevent corrosion, and post coated with hydroxyapatite. Zirconia implants are non-metal based, help to discourage the buildup of plaque and tartar around the implant, lower the risk of gum disease, and have a cosmetically pleasing result due to the natural white tooth color of the material.

At the MN Center for Dental Care, Dr. Sheils can provide an informed opinion as to which dental implant might work better for your specific case. A consultation with Dr. Sheils will help you learn further about your different treatment options for missing teeth and ascertain if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Take?

Treatment time is usually measured starting at the first surgical procedure and ends at the final insertion of your Hybridge Full Arch restoration. Treatment can be completed in as few as two weeks. Treatment duration varies based on:

  • Remaining teeth at the start of the treatment
  • Whether bone grafting is needed
  • Upper or Lower Hybridge
  • Dental infection at the beginning of treatment

As far as how long does it take for each step of a dental implant procedure, that too depends on how many implants you are receiving.

Step 1: Dental Exam

Before you can get started with any work, your dentist will schedule a comprehensive exam to check the health of your mouth. This may include x-rays and 3D scans. Even if your dentist is very familiar with your mouth, this step is imperative. During this time, the dentist will double-check that your gum and jaw health is sufficient to support implants. They will then develop a treatment plan for your situation and care.

Step 2: Implant Procedure

After the comprehensive exam is completed, your dentist will schedule surgery. The first step of the implant process is surgery. Your dentist will place a titanium screw in your jawbone. The screw will be inserted right below the gums. This usually takes about 1-2 hours for each screw to be placed. So, depending on how many implants you are getting in one sitting, will determine how long the dental implant procedure will take. After the healing period, most dentists will complete the final restoration of the tooth replacement. It may seem like it takes a long time to wait for your new teeth, but this is essential for ensuring that your implant procedure succeeds. The healing period allows the implant to integrate with your bone so that it can support your new crowns or bridges.

Dental Implant Success Rates

The success rate of these endosseous implants is greater than 95%. Success is typically defined as a healthy, functioning implant for at least a 10-year period. Implants should be expected to maintain their health and function for many more years than that.

If you’d like to learn about whether an implant supported restoration would be an ideal solution for your dental needs, call the MN Center for Dental Care at 763-441-2452 today for a screening and consultation appointment.

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