A completed dental implant procedure is done in two stages, requiring two separate trips. The second trip occurs about 3-6 months later, allowing for the implants to properly heal and integrate into your bone so they may to support the crowns. Temporary crowns, partials or bridges are provided during the interim period. 

Dental implants are comprised of three parts:

  • the implant itself, which is placed into the jawbone and acts an artificial tooth root
  • an abutment, which attaches the implant to a crown
  • and the crown, which is the visible tooth replacement
The first trip any necessary extractions are done and the implants are placed.  The implants can be placed in as little as one appointment, but usually require a minimum 3-4 day visit.  The second trip, the abutments and permanent crowns are placed and the work is complete.  This trip can be done in as few as 5 days, but 7-10 is most common.

Determining your treatment plan

Since each implant case varies, your exact treatment plan and final costs will be determined and agreed upon by you after oral examination and consultation with the dental provider. To receive an accurate treatment plan, the associated costs, and an assessment of the time required for treatment, you must either:-visit the clinic in person for x-rays, oral exam, and consultationOR-send over your recent dental x-rays by email for evaluationFor the most rapid quote, you will need to send digital panoramic (OPG) xrays (not film x-rays, as they require mailing). Most modern radiology labs and dental practices offer this service.

Placing implants following tooth extraction

Dental implants are usually placed directly following tooth extraction. However, if the extraction site is infected, as is the case with an abscessed tooth, the implant should not be placed until the site is healed, and infection-free.

Bones grafts and sinus lifts

If bone atrophy/recession has occurred at the implant site, bone grafting may be required to place the implants, andcould add another trip in some cases. In the case of upper-arch implants, if there is insufficient bone for the implant, a sinus lift could be necessary. Determination of need for bone grafts or sinus lifts can be determined by evaluation of a current x-ray or by visiting the clinic for an oral examination and consultation.  

Bone grafts/sinus lifts are not necessary for most implant cases, but are most often indicated for:
  • elderly patients
  • patients with current or prior significant gum/periodontal disease
  • patients who are replacing a tooth/teeth that have been missing for a long period of time, including when implants are used to replace an old bridge or denture

*Each implant case can vary dramatically. Additionally, different dentists follow different protocols depending on their experience, education, and the implant system/materials they offer. The above information is for educational purposes only, and should not be used for, or considered as actual medical advice as pertains to your own dental case and condition.