When you need a dental implant, your dentist will first insert the implant and wait for it to integrate with your jawbone and heal before making the final restoration. This period typically lasts a few months, but the following factors will determine exactly how long you have to wait for the final restoration.
The Nature of Your Jawbone
As previously mentioned, the waiting period is necessary to allow osseointegration, which partly depends on the quality and quantity of your jawbone. The implant will integrate fast if you have a thick and dense jawbone, but it will take a longer time if the jawbone is thin or porous.
Your Overall Health Status
Your bone is comprised of live tissues, even if it doesn't look like it. The tissues are bruised and damaged when the dentist drills into them to insert the dental implant. This means the damaged tissues need time to heal for the implant to be firmly anchored into place. As usual, your overall health is one of the factors that determine how long your tissues heal. Thus, you may not have to wait for long if you are in good health.
The Number and Position of Teeth Being Treated
The number and position of teeth that need to be treated also determine how long you have to wait because they determine how strong the implants are. For example, you may not have to wait for a long time if you are replacing multiple teeth that are all adjacent to each other. In such a case, the teeth are strong because they are supporting each other. This is different from, say, a case of multiple implants scattered all over the mouth; such cases may require a long time to heal.
The Preparation Treatments
The preparative treatments you had to undergo before the implant insertion will also determine how long you have to wait for the final restoration. The more preparation treatments you had to undergo the longer will be your required healing time. For example, you may have to wait for a long time if you had a bone graft or a sinus lift than if you never had any of those treatments.
How Well You Follow Your Dentist's Instructions
Your dentist will advise you on how to take care of the temporary crowns while waiting for the final restorations. For example, you will be advised to avoid hard foods and given instructions on how to clean your temporary restorations. You may develop complications if you don't follow the dentist's instructions, which may lengthen your waiting period.
For more information, contact a company like Belgrade Dental Associates.