Dental Implants – How long does it take

Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs.

If you were to break your arm, the bone would take a few weeks to heal.  Bone in the mouth is similar.  It usually but not always needs the same amount of time.  The upper jaw usually takes a little longer due to softer bone.  The lower jaw is usually very dense which speeds up the time frame.

Techniques such as "immediate implants"  allow me to complete full mouth implants in one hour, sometime less. Each situation needs a separate evaluation. Some implants can be completed from start to finish in a single hour, while certain situations will require a few months of healing. Be assured that at no point in your treatment will you have no teeth.  Temporary teeth are used to make sure you can smile with confidence until the final teeth are completed. At your first visit I will be able to give you an approximate timetable.

Traditionally, the procedure has been performed in two steps. The dentist began by placing the implant, which was left for from three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, the patient was given a temporary denture until the permanent crown could be put in place.

I  provide an alternative to the two-step method that allows you to have the implant placed in one single session. This new method has simplified the procedure for patients. The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits.

Surgical Advances

My technique saves many months of healing that are typically associated with dental implants. Temporary teeth can be placed on the implants on the same day of the surgery. There are even many situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the number of surgical procedures!  In fact, I am one of few dentists that can extract a molar tooth and replace it on the same day!  Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible in select cases, to extract teeth, and place implants with crowns at one visit. This process, called “immediate loading” greatly simplifies the surgical process. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life. In some cases where significant bone deterioration has occurred, we may have to delay placing the final teeth for 3-6 months.

A patient of mine is featured below.  She broke her front tooth and it was not savable.  The next picture shows the SAME DAY extraction, implant and temporary crown.  Hence to say she was very happy.  With this procedure there is literally no pain when done correctly.  No incisions were made. The next picture is her final porcelain crown on the implant, four years after placement!  I think it looks great and she is thrilled.  The final x-ray shows how the implant is encased by bone.

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29 Responses to Dental Implants – How long does it take

  1. LS says:

    This is amazing! I was told that I need to get a dental implant in my molar, and seeing this success story makes me feel less hopeless about my upcoming procedure.

  2. Dr. Amin says:

    Feel hopeful about your procedure! In the hands of an experienced implant dentist, this should be successful. I have been doing immediate implants for 10 years now.
    Thanks for your post. Let me know if I can be of any assistance.
    Dr. Amin

  3. John Krauth says:

    Wow. What a helpful post. I wish I lived closer to you. My dentist is not as thourough. :( I am having three lower molars replaced.

  4. Thanks for your kind words, John. Good luck!
    Dr. Amin

  5. Dr. Esen says:

    a great blog, you’ve inspired me to consider a blog for my practice.

  6. Susanne says:

    I currently have braces making space to put in an implant for my front upper lateral incisor.
    My current dentist has only quoted me for the completion of the braces treatment. Told me i have at least 8 months left to go… although I believe there to be a significant GAP in my front tooth already.
    This makes me self conscious and unwilling to smile or talk. Is there a way to make the gap less noticeable? Such as this temporary teeth you have mentioned in this post? While i complete my braces treatment?

  7. Hi Susanne,
    There is a neat way to have a temporary with your braces.
    Ask your dentist to “hang” a tooth on the ortho wire. This will fill in the space and still allow you to move the teeth.
    I do this all the time!
    Dr. Amin

  8. ssma4@msn.com says:

    I have to have an upper sinus lift and would like to know realistically how long the recovery; bone growth, etc will take before the implant is inserted? I get different time frames from different dentists. One said 6 months which is too long as with all my past dental work, I heal quickly. Thank you

  9. ssma4@msn.com,
    A sinus lift graft usually take between 4 to 9 months to heal. A lot depends on the size and extent of the graft.
    Dr. Amin

  10. Gary says:

    I had a front tooth implant placed 10 weeks ago and was told I can’t get my temp crown for another 10 weeks! My restorative dentist wants me to get a temp crown now to allow the gums to heal around it and to get me out my flipper (which I would love) Who’s right? and is 10 weeks to early to load a temp?

    • Hi Gary,

      10 weeks is not too early. If you have a class one bite and the implant had initial stabilty of more than 35NcM in great natural bone, you should be able to have a temp on a front implant. There are about a 100 more details to consider, but those are the basics.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S., D.A.B.O.I.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, California

  11. Tom says:

    Hi, 3 weeks ago had a tooth removed just in front of my wisdom ‘the top left’. The gum is not really healing at all. Can I get an implant now rather than waiting for this to heal then having it done afterwards?

    It is also giving me slightly bad breath and this is something that I have never ever suffered with and is making me slight uncomfortable speaking to people up close.

    Thanks Tom

    • Hi Tom,

      The upper back teeth area has VERY soft bone. In most instances, it is best to wait until complete bone healing before placing the implant.
      Bad breath is not uncommon after an extraction of the socket is not kept clean.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, CA

  12. Stephanie G. says:

    Hi Dr. Ramsey! Do you have any recommendations for this kind of procedure in the Saint Louis area? I am currently active duty and deployed, but when I get back I’d like to get an implant for a canine tooth I lost a while ago. I’ve been using a flipper with a wire across the front to keep my teeth in place. The flipper is better than nothing, but I hate my smile right now and am so self conscious about my smile. Looking into civilian because my plan for now is to get out after my enlistmet is up in January. Thanks!

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Thank you for serving our country and protecting my children. The world needs more people like you.

      Your best bet would be to find someone with similar credentials to mine. They are well qualified to handle your unique needs.
      http://www.aboi.org/diplomate.asp

      Thank you again and good luck!

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, CA

  13. lucy says:

    hi dr i recently had a front tooth knocked out im 20 and my teeth are very important to me so you can imagine how i felt, because the whole tooth came out clean the dentist has put it back in and used a bonding agent across my front teeth to hold it in place, will my jaw re accept the tooth, how long will it take roughly, and when do i need to look at getting a root canal treatment done ? thanks in advance

    • RamseyAminDDS says:

      Hi Lucy,

      Sorry for the delayed reply. This comment did not come through properly.

      When a tooth is knocked out the prognosis is really variable. They do not always need root canals or dental implants.

      How is it doing now as of late november 2012?

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, California

  14. tammy says:

    I am having alot of trouble i was going to get implants after getting a bone graft for my lower 4 front teeth, my dentist pulled the teeth than done bone grafting, i waited for about 2 months than i had a ct cone scan, his office called me in about a week to tell me they needed another 5000.00 for a bone block. at no time did he tell me that this could happen. i have already paid him 4600.00. now i dont know what to do. do you know anything about mini implants? thanks i’m just so sick about all this.

    • RamseyAminDDS says:

      Hi Tammy,

      Ugh. I understand your concern. Often after a recent extraction, the whole outer wall of bone disappears quickly.

      If this were the case, another, more major bone graft would be needed.

      In my practice I am usually able to predict this 99% of the time, but there is no guarantee as how the human body will heal.

      Respectfully,

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, CA

  15. MICHAEL WUESCHISNKI says:

    Hello Doctor,

    I had my two lower teeth pulled and now finally I got two post in the front of my mouth. The doctor told me it would take 4 months for the posts to heal and see if they will stay in?(whatever that means) Is that, a all right time frame for healing and then getting the crowns(I think that is what they would be called) fitted and then to put back in? After that, How long will that take SO I got the post in and waiting for it fo heal and then get implants in after 4 months?

    • RamseyAminDDS says:

      Hi Michael,

      I don’t totally understand your question. Can you please rephrase it?

      4 months is fairly average time to allow bone healing.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry
      Burbank, CA

  16. Mary Bartolo says:

    2weeks ago I had 4 implants on my lower gums placed,I am in a lot of pain .Is that normal.
    thank you

    • RamseyAminDDS says:

      Hi Mary,

      After 2 weeks it is likely that there is a problem. Generally speaking, by that time you should really be on the mend.

      Most of my patients take motrin or Tylenol after standard implant procedures and even large bone grafts. If they need strong meds, it is only for a 3 days typically.

      Some patients are more sensitive though. I suggest you see your dentist ASAP to evaluate the source of the pain. The bone should be checked for infection and vitality.

      Good luck!

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  17. alice says:

    I have a crown thatt has a cavity. Its located on my top left. If they change it to an implant how soon can it be done?

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Alice,

      If the crown can be replaced that would be a better option than extracting the root and having an implant.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  18. barbie says:

    i have severe decay in roots two lower molars and bad receding gums in the same area and they need to be extracted.
    The periodontist said he can extract them and put implants at the same time.

    The Oral Surgeon said not to do that but to extract and let them heal then do implants.
    What should i do?

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hi Barbie,

      I would need to see you to make that determination. Sometimes delayed or sometimes same day dental implant placement is best. It is highly variable. Typically same day implants are located towards the front of the mouth.

      Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
      Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
      Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  19. mropa says:

    doctor as it is known that implants is very expensive for the country i am Tanzania to us is huge amount of money plus hotel is it posible to have implants in the day of operation and the cost for 5 missing teeth

    • Ramsey Amin DDS says:

      Hello Mropa,
      Dental implants are placed all over the world. It is nice to hear from you being on the other end of the world!!! I would explore some local options and find a very qualified, skilled, dental implant specialist.

      Dr. Amin

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