While dental implants provide you with the most effective, long lasting solution to replace your missing teeth, the procedure takes a very long time to complete. This is largely due to the osseointegration process. During your initial consultation at our Glendale dental office, Dr. Wilcox will explain the dental implant process to you in detail to make sure you are willing to commit the time necessary for the procedure. After Dr. Wilcox places the dental implant in your jawbone, there is a recovery period that can take anywhere from three to six months. During this time, your jawbone grows around the dental implant and fuses with it. This process is called osseointegration, and it enables your dental implant to function like a natural tooth root. The length of time for the osseointegration process varies from patient to patient. As a result, it is impossible to give you a firm timeline on how long it will take to complete your procedure. It is important to follow Dr. Wilcox’s instructions carefully during this time to ensure the osseointegration process is successful. Once osseointegration is complete, you will return to our office and Dr. Wilcox will attach a small titanium post, called an abutment, to your dental implant. An impression of your teeth is taken and sent to the lab for use in creating the dental crown that will serve as your new prosthetic tooth. When the crown has been constructed, Dr. Wilcox will place it on the abutment and you will be able to enjoy a fully functional replacement tooth. To find out if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you, please contact Desert Smiles today. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding areas of Arizona.