I got my tooth knocked out, the one right next to my front tooth. I was under the impression that I can simply get one implanted in about a week and apparently that is not the case. Does anybody know how long it will take. I look pretty goofy with this gap and just want a tooth back in that spot! Thanks

4 Responses to “How long does a dental implant take?”

  1. John Bridger - DDS says:

    I would have your dentist make you a single tooth appliance called a provisional partial or “flipper”. They cost around $400.00 and can be worn while the implant is healing. Once the implant is placed into the bone, it will need to “heal” allowing your bone to integrate and become solid around your implant. This usually takes around 3 to 4 months. Then the dentist will place an attachment called an abutment into the implant and take an impression of the abutment for the lab to make a crown to go over. This process usually takes from 3 to 4 weeks. During all of this time you can wear your flipper so at no time should you have to go toothless! Good Luck!

  2. Keith S says:

    it usually takes 6 months for them to put the actual implant with the tooth and before that they need for the socket to totally heal which also takes a few months. plus, its really really expensive. did you consider a fixed partial denture or a removable denture with clamps? these are cheaper and are also aesthetically okay. the dentist could make you a temporary denture until he finishes whatever denture you will have made. good luck with that! :)

  3. JW says:

    The time it takes can vary on many things. Did the whole tooth come out or did you brake the crown portion and the root is still in the bone. If the whole tooth came out you will need to wait at least 4 weeks before the implant can be placed. If you broke the crown and the root is still in then when the root is removed the implant potentiallycan be placed in the same visit.
    If the implant can be placed right away, ask the dentist if a temporary crown can be placed in. This would only be to improve esthetics. This would give you a tooth until the final crown is fabricated.
    If you have to wait before the implant is placed you can get a flipper, a plastic removable piece with a tooth that is missing.
    As to the length of time from start to finish of treatment it can vary from 3 to 5 months. Just depends on the quality and amount of bone that is present, your health, smoker or non-smoker, etc…. After a consultation your dentist can give you an estimate.
    Implant crown fabrication takes about 2 weeks.
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