Some offices will offer a same-day placement of an implant, but it is likely that your implants will require several months to place. Speak to your dentist. Shop around, and be certain that you have absolute confidence in your doctor to place the implants. You want the best possible care, and these are permanent, so you want to be happy with your choice.
Initially, you will meet with your dentist to come up with a plan about how and who will do what in your treatment. After you have created the blueprint, this will follow.
1) A Bone Graft—Now, this is not always required, although it is really common. Many patients do not have a thick/strong enough jawbone to support an implant. Consequently, an oral surgeon will do a bone graft to help strengthen the implant site. This can take anywhere from a few months to about six months to heal. Once the oral surgeon clears you for that, you are ready for the placement of your implant.
2) Implant Placement—The dentist will surgically place the abutments into your jawbone. She will use x-rays and pictures to determine the best possible placement. You can expect swollen jaws and cheeks for a little bit after this happens. Of course, the doctor will send you some pain medication to aid in the healing process.
3) Healing—This part can take some time. The implant needs the jawbone to accept it, as well as grow around the implant. This is what firms the implant. The dental world refers to this as osseointegration. For some, this happens quickly, but for many, it takes several months before the implant is definitely integrated into the jawbone.
4) Your Prosthetic Tooth—Your dentist will crown the abutment, making you a beautiful ceramic tooth that screws directly into the abutment. Or if you need a bridge, dentures, or partial dentures, the dentist will make such. The hardware underneath will absolutely support the natural-looking tooth up top. Expect this process to take a few weeks, like a normal crown would take. During the waiting period, you will wear a temporary.