The journey to receiving implants begins with a comprehensive oral exam that includes taking X-rays and capturing digital 3D scans.
At the next appointment, the implant(s) are surgically inserted into your jawbone where teeth are missing. Pain is managed with local anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the scope of the procedure and your level of comfort. Post-implant discomfort is similar to any other dental surgery and can usually be managed with low-dose pain medication. Swelling and bruising may also be present.
Many patients are able to return to their normal activities the day after implantation with little to no discomfort. This includes returning to work.
Osseointegration, the process of the implant fusing with the jawbone, occurs over the next few months. During this time you will have follow-up visits as ordered by the dentist to monitor your healing.
The entire process can take 3 to 9 months, with a shorter timeline being more typical.