Timeline for Dental Implants Treatment
The time it takes to plan and place implants, and recover from the procedure, depends on your specific treatment plan. In some cases, Dr. Peter Lotowski of Wisconsin Dental Solutions performs the procedure in a single day; in other cases, he places the implant posts first, lets the jawbone heal and then places the tooth restorations later.
We are one of the few surgery centers that routinely extract teeth and place your implant as well as the temporary tooth replacement the same day. Therefore, you have the option of never going without a tooth! With this option, you eliminate a second surgery, unnecessary loss of bone and the need for more complex procedures associated with the implant placement. Our experience has shown that placing the implant the same day expedites the traditional process, resulting in fewer and less costly procedures.
The First Step: Consultation
The first milestone of dental implants treatment is the initial informative consultation. During your consultation with Dr. Lotowski, you will discuss your needs and goals of treatment. He will perform a physical examination of your mouth and review your treatment options. If you need any additional procedures (e.g., bone grafting) prior to implant placement, those will also be discussed.
If you decide to schedule treatment, three-dimensional images will be taken so our doctor can start planning where to place the implant posts and the type of implant system to use.
Our staff will work with you to schedule the procedure at your convenience.
The Big Day: Implant Placement
On the day of treatment, the doctor will perform tooth extractions (if necessary) and any other preoperative dental work. Your implant posts will be placed in the jawbone and topped with temporary dental restorations so you don't have to go home toothless.
To keep you from feeling pain during treatment, we offer sedation dentistry techniques, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation. Based on factors such as your planned treatment and medical history, our doctor will recommend the best method.
Two Weeks Later: Follow-Up Appointment
After receiving your dental implants, you will need to return to our office for a follow-up appointment within 10 to 14 days. This gives our doctor the opportunity to check your implant's healing progress and note any complications or areas of concern.
The healing process for traditional dental implants treatment lasts about three to four months, during which time the implant goes through osseointegration, a process in which the implant naturally fuses with the jawbone.
We routinely extract teeth and place the implant and temporary tooth the same day, as opposed to many other surgery centers where the tooth is extracted and you wait 3-4 months for implant placement.
Three to Four Months Later: Final Appointment
We will advise when you should return for your final appointment. During this appointment, the doctor will remove your temporary restoration (if you've received one) and place your permanent restoration. The doctor will also recommend when you should return to the office for regular cleanings and check-ups (typically, the doctor suggests coming back twice a year).
Contact Wisconsin Dental Solutions
Looking for more information about the timeline of dental implant treatment? Please call our office at (608) 834-6321 to speak to a friendly staff member and schedule a consultation.