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Dental Implants: Are They for Me?

By Thomas D. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.D., and William R. Laney, D.M.D., M.S.

Timetable of a Typical Course of Implant Treatment

Examination and Diagnosis
Within 6 months before surgery..... X-rays
  Other tests
  Impressions

Stage 1 Surgery
Date of surgery..... Implants placed in jaw
4 to 5 days after surgery..... Swelling disappears
7 days after surgery..... Old denture is lined with soft material for continued wearing
10 to 14 days after surgery..... Sutures dissolve or are removed
4 to 6 weeks after surgery..... You must eat a soft diet during this time period
3 to 6 months after surgery..... Healing is completed

Stage 2 Surgery (Not Required for Some Implant Types)
Day of surgery..... Implants uncovered
  Osseointegration checked
  Abutments placed
  Healing caps or revised denture placed
  X-rays to check implant-abutment connection
4 to 5 days after surgery..... Impressions of mouth made
10 to 14 days after surgery..... Sutures dissolve or are removed

Restorative Treatment
1 month after Stage 2 Surgery..... New prosthesis is completed
  Temporary seating of new teeth on implant abutments
  Final attachment of prosthesis

Follow-up Care
1 month, 3 months, and 6 months after restorative treatment (and yearly thereafter)..... Follow-up examinations


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