How long does the dental implant process take?

The answer to this question depends on your procedure and how many dental implants you are getting. The dental implant procedure is usually done in the oral surgeon’s office. You will get the dental implant inserted into the jaw bone, and it will remain covered for about three to six months while osseointegration (the bonding of the jaw bone to the dental implant) sets in. Depending on how many dental implants you are getting, you may wear temporary dentures until you come in for the dental implants. After it has fused, you will return for the abutment, which is the metal post that secures the crown. A few weeks later, when your crown is ready, you will return to get the crown applied to the implant site(s). In total, the dental implant process ranges from five to eight months. Some patients require additional procedures, like bone grafting, before they receive their dental implants and this can lengthen the process. It is different for everyone.