Helma Philips, DDS
Aesthetic, Restorative & Implant Dentistry in Midtown NYC

I need an implant; how long before I get an implant tooth?

Once you make a decision to improve your smile, it’s easy to fall into the habit of wanting instant results. New Yorkers, after all, can get anything they want at any time of the day! Dental implants, however, require patience on the part of the patient in order to enjoy the many benefits they offer.

While each patient is different, it’s best to plan on three to six months to get your final dental implant tooth. The reason for this is that your dental implant actually becomes a functioning part of your body – but the healing process takes time.

Osseointegration is the process of the biocompatible dental implant post (typically made of titanium) to fuse to your jaw bone and become stable. For healthy patients who heal normally, the integration process is usually 3-4 months. For some people who are older or who smoke, the healing process can take longer.

What about Same-Day Dental Implants?

Dr. Philips is committed to the best outcomes for patients. While there are many success stories online about fast dental implants, there are just as many stories behind the scenes about their failure. During the integration process, leaving the dental implant post undisturbed will promote more solid results. Constant chewing and pressure before healing completes can cause dental implant failure. 

To learn more about the dental implant process, contact our dental office, Advent Dental, located in Midtown NYC to arrange an appointment with your implant dentist, Dr. Philips.

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