Understanding the Process for Dental Implants

There are several different restoration options for patients who have missing teeth. Dental implants in Lititz, PA, are among the most popular due to their added strength and stability. Implants can mimic the root structure of your natural tooth to help improve your bite. And with the right restoration, they can also help restore your smile. But getting an implant can be a big decision to make. The more you understand about the implant process, the better you can decide whether or not it’s for you.

DENTAL IMPLANTS in LITITZ PA can be a lengthy process for smile restoration

How Dental Implants in Lititz, PA, Work

Getting a dental implant can be a lengthy process. From start to finish, most patients need at least three months to include proper healing and integration. However, some patients may experience longer treatment times. How long your treatment will be depends on your oral health prior to starting and your body’s natural healing process. After examining your mouth, your dentist can give you an estimated timeline for your specific case.


Not everyone can get a dental implant right away. Other dental conditions, such as gum disease or loss of jawbone density, can often reduce the success of implant placement. Before you get an implant, your dentist will examine your oral health to determine if you need any pre-treatment. Common pre-treatment includes periodontal therapy and bone grafting. While these procedures can lengthen the process, they can also help increase the odds of a successful implant placement.

Surgical Placement

After you’re cleared for surgery, you’ll need to have an oral surgeon place the implant. Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in your jaw to mimic the root structure of your tooth. These posts need time to properly heal and integrate into your jaw. Trying to restore your implant too soon can cause movement, which could lead to pain, discomfort, and loss of the implant. Many patients experience a healing and integration time of around three to six months.


Once your implant has fully integrated and the surgical site has healed, your dentist can then add the restoration. For single dental implants, you’re most likely going to need a dental crown. If you’re missing multiple teeth, your dentist may recommend an implant-supported bridge or an implant-secured denture. But no matter what kind of restoration you get, your dentist needs to first add an abutment to the implant and take an impression of your bite.

This impression is then used to fabricate your restoration. In some cases, you may be able to get your restoration prepared at the same time as your initial appointment. In other cases, your dentist will likely fabricate a temporary restoration to secure your bite while your permanent restoration is made.

If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. John and Dr. Sara Gotwalt are here to help. We coordinate with local oral surgeons to help facilitate a smooth and successful implant process. Call us today at 717-627-6980 to schedule a consultation and learn more about implant dentistry.


Drs. Sara & John Gotwalt
Lititz, PA Dentist
2320 Rothsville Road, Suite 300
Lititz, PA 17543


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