The Implant Procedure
The amount of time it takes for the complete implant procedure varies according to which teeth you are replacing and the condition of the remaining gums and jawbones. On average, it takes five months to complete the lower jaw and seven months to complete the upper jaw; however, it can take up to a year or more. The following steps are involved in receiving your implant dentures.
Initial consultation: Dr. Marchetti has advance training in the placement of implants and will meet with you to review your medical and dental history, take x-rays, and create impression of your teeth and gums, with which the models will be made.
Temporary dentures: If you aren't wearing a denture, you will be provided with a temporary set to wear until your final implant dentures are ready. This temporary denture will help Dr. Marchetti determine the final position of your teeth for your final denture implant.
First Surgery: During the first surgery, the implants will be placed in the jawbone under the gums. Dr. Marchetti will wait approximately three to four months for the lower jaw or five to six months for the upper jaw before scheduling the next surgery, in order to make sure the implants have properly fused to the jawbone.
Second Surgery: The implants are exposed and a healing cap is placed on the head of each one. Two weeks later, the healing capes are replaced with the regular abutments, and an impression of the gums and abutments are taken for the final denture.