As with any medical procedure, healing and recovery times are different for everyone. In general, though, healing can take as little as months or as long as a year.
The usual procedure for placing an implant is as follows:
- Dr. Amy Au performs a thorough evaluation and exam to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. She uses state-of-the-art cone beam technology (CBCT) to identify anatomical structures and plan the optimal placement of your implant as needed.
- Next, she places the titanium post in your jaw and allows it to heal. Healing involves a process called osseointegration, where surrounding bone and tissue grow around and accept the biocompatible implant. The time this process takes depends on multiple factors including general health, smoking history, and the quality of surrounding bone.
- During the healing phase of implant placement, routine visits with Dr. Au will be required to ensure that the dental implant takes in the best possible way.
When considering a procedure like dental implant placement, it’s important for you to have all the facts. If you are thinking about implants and have questions, please call Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry so we can arrange a convenient consultation.