How much does Invisalign cost? And what happens at each stage of Invisalign treatment?

Namrita Harhandari

Written by Namrita Harhandari DMD, Greg Grobmyer DDS


If you have enough bone volume, an implant can be placed the same day your tooth falls out or is extracted. Dentists often recommend 3 to 6 months of healing nonetheless. If you lost a tooth a long time ago, you are likely going to need grafting to make the bone thicker. It will ensure the base is stable enough to support an implant.

The surgery itself takes about two hours. The whole process including the initial consultation, extractions, bone grafting or sinus lifting, healing, restoration placement, and recovery can take about two years in total. One-day dental implants are possible, but only the surgical procedures are done in one day. Sometimes you can walk out with a new set of teeth, but they are often temporary and have to be replaced with permanent ones about 6 weeks later.

Dental implants have an incredibly high success rate, about 93%. The method has only gotten better since 50 years ago when it was first conducted. There is little to no risk if the surgery is performed by an experienced specialist. Complications are rare, and mostly due to lack of patient compliance.

If cared for properly, implants can be a lifelong solution and they are considered a fully permanent restoration. The crown might have to be replaced after about 15 years, but there is almost never a need to change the post. The first successful implant stayed in the patient’s body for over 30 years. He was able to take it to his grave.

Yes. Smoking is the number-one risk factor for implant loss when it comes to what patients can control. Tobacco use increases the risk of peri implantitis. This disease is responsible for loosening of the implant, making the jawbone no longer able to support it. You should not smoke for at least 2 months after your placement surgery. The longer you abstain, the better. E-cigarettes still contain nicotine. The substance works to constrict capillaries preventing proper blood flow. This can impair recovery and bone growth, both very important processes in implant placement.

Namrita Harhandari

Namrita Harhandari, DMD

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