Olive Chapel Family Dentistry
Dustin J. Prusik, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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Dental Implants

Dental implants can help improve your quality of life and restore your ability to eat and smile normally. If you are considering dental implants near Apex, NC, Dr. Dustin Prusik, DDS can meet with you and outline a treatment plan.

Treatment Time for Dental Implants in Apex, NC

Dental implant replacing bottom tooth at Apex dentist officeHow long it takes to receive your dental implants will largely depend on your personal situation. If you are having broken or damaged teeth extracted first, the extraction site will need to heal before implants can safely be placed. Some patients may also require bone grafting, especially if the area has been missing a tooth for a significant amount of time. If bone grafting is required, the healing process will usually take between three and six months.

Dental Implant Placement

After the tooth site is sufficiently healed, implant placement surgery can be performed. The titanium implant is placed directly into the jawbone so the bone can grow around the implant and secure the implant within the mouth. Typically, the implant is left to gradually unite with the jawbone for several months.

Once the implant is securely within the jawbone, an abutment will be connected to the implant. The abutment is the hardware that joins the implant post and the porcelain crown together. The crown will need to be custom-made for your implant and then placed in the mouth. These steps usually take several weeks to complete.

Contact Our Dentist Office in Apex to Learn More

The time it takes to get dental implants ranges significantly, but the average amount of time is approximately four to six months for a patient who does not need a bone graft. 

Give Olive Chapel Family Dentistry a call today at (919) 335-6133 to schedule a consultation for dental implants!

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