How Long Does Dental Implant Surgery Take?

June 24, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkoo @ 5:21 pm
Oral surgery team carefully working on patient

Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth, but they do come with a somewhat complex treatment process. You will even need to undergo minor surgery. Naturally, you may have questions about the surgical procedure. How long does it take? What does it feel like? This blog post walks you through some basic information about this important part of your tooth replacement journey.

The Surgery Can Vary in Length

There is no way to predict exactly how long your dental implant surgery will take. Its duration will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • How many implants you need. If you need just a single implant, your surgery will take less time than if you need multiple implants or full-mouth reconstruction.
  • Whether or not you need extractions. In some cases, extractions and implant placement are performed during the same appointment. Logically, combining these procedures can extend the length of time you spend in the operatory.
  • Your surgical team’s skill and experience. Some dental professionals are more proficient with the implant surgery than others and can provide top-quality care in a shorter amount of time.
  • The use of sedation. Sedation can allow your dental team to work faster (as opposed to cases where a patient is simply under local anesthesia).
  • Your unique mouth. If you have any anatomical oddities in your mouth, these may complicate your surgery and make it take a bit more time.

It is normal for dental implant surgery to take anywhere from one hour to several hours.

What Does the Surgery Feel Like?

You may feel little to nothing during your surgery. Even if you are not sedated, you might just feel a little pressure because local anesthesia will protect you from experiencing outright pain. Your surgical team will do all they can to make sure you are comfortable throughout your appointment!

After your sedation and anesthesia wear off, you can expect some swelling and soreness in your mouth. You will likely feel well enough to return to work within a few days, but mild discomfort may continue for a couple of weeks. Your care team will give you instructions to make your recovery as easy and comfortable as possible.

Replacing lost teeth with dental implants requires some time and patience! Any inconveniences you experience during your treatment journey will be well worth it once your strong and beautiful new smile is in place.

Meet the Practice

Piney Point Dental Implant Center is home to three board-certified oral surgeons, all of whom work as efficiently and carefully as possible. They combine their extensive knowledge with state-of-the-art technology to provide optimum results. If you have questions about the dental implant process, our specialists would love to speak with you! Get in touch with our Houston office at 713-597-7340.

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