How Long Does It Take?
It is difficult to say with absolute certainty, but usually it takes about three months. The process is a little bit difficult, and involves at least three visits to the dentist. During the first visit, you will have a dental implant consultation. An x-ray needs to be taken of your jaw to make sure it is suitable for housing an implant. We have on site technical capabilities to provide you with that x-ray, but if you have one that is no older than 3 months, we also accept those. The dentist also needs to check your oral condition and your bone matter, to see if it is dense enough, and if he says you are good to go, than the dental implant can be inserted into your jawbone immediately. If you are not suitable to house an implant, your jawbone will be enhanced with a synthetic bone graft.
After this initial phase of treatment, you will have a healing period. Depending on the conditions inside your mouth, the healing period can be anywhere between 3 and 6 months, with bone graft patients taking significantly longer to heal and to integrate the bone graft material, usually between 6 and 8 months.
After your healing period is up, you have to come back and have an uncovering of the implant, with the gum that grew over the dental implant being surgically removed, and a healing screw placed inside of the dental implant itself. At this time an impression will also be taken for your crown, which will go on top of the dental implant. Once this is over, you can come back in two weeks and have the crown handed over to you, where you can check if you like the shape and color of the tooth, and than it will be cemented onto your dental implant.