The timeline for dental implant procedures can vary depending on factors such as the location of the missing teeth and the condition of the jawbone. In some cases, the overall process may take up to a year to complete. If the teeth have been missing for an extended period, additional steps like bone grafting might be necessary to ensure sufficient jawbone volume for implant stability.
Once any required preparatory procedures have allowed the jawbone to heal, the dental implantation procedure can commence. This surgical process is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s needs. Following the surgery, a temporary tooth replacement may be worn during the several months required for healing.
After the implants have successfully fused with the jawbone, the restorative phase begins. The dentist uncovers the dental implants and places connecting abutments on top. Following a brief healing period, the final tooth replacement—a dental crown, bridge, or denture—is securely affixed to the abutments, completing the implant restoration process.