If you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, you can expect the entire process to take several months to complete. Here is an overview of the process:
Step 1—Determining the health of your jawbone. If you have been missing teeth for a while, your jawbone may have shrunk, making it more challenging for dental implants to be successful. In this situation, a bone graft might be needed to build up the bone to receive the implant. The healing process afterward can take three or four months.
Step 2—Implant placement and integration. When your bones and gum are healthy, the dental implant will be surgically placed into the jawbone. It takes about an hour for each implant. Now you’ll have to wait for the site to heal and the implant to integrate into the jawbone, which takes another few months.
Step 3—Placement of the abutment and prosthetic tooth. Once your implant is solidly integrated, the abutment, a titanium rod upon which the prosthetic tooth will be placed, is attached to the implant. Another few weeks of healing is required, upon which time your new dental crown will be placed.