If traditional dental implants are the best option for your tooth replacement, you can expect the procedure to take place in two major phases, usually completed over the course of four to eight months. People who have lived for months or years with one or more missing teeth have probably already experienced significant jawbone loss and may need to undergo a bone augmentation procedure to make more room for the dental implants. Bone grafting or sinus lift create the right environment for dental implants, but they usually add months to the total treatment time.
Dr. Dooley can complete the entire process for your new dental implants, from implantation to final restoration, from the comfort of the Dooley Dental practice. Implantation involves the strategic placement of each dental implant beneath the gum line. Dr. Dooley uses precise surgical guides to ensure the dental implant is located just where it should be. Over the course of several months, each dental implant grows together with the jaw bone in the process known as osseointegration. This recovery period is crucial for functional dental implants. You may wear a temporary tooth replacement during the recovery period.
After osseointegration is complete and your dental implants are completely sturdy in your jaw, you return to Dooley Dental for the final restoration. Dr. Dooley will expose each dental implant and attach the abutment. You will undergo another brief healing period, then come back to our office. We will affix your new teeth, and your smile is complete!