The time it takes to complete the implant process depends on many factors. When the traditional method of placing an implant is used, the shortest time frame is about five months in the lower jaw and seven months in the upper jaw. This includes surgeries and the placement of the implant-supported bridge. However, the process can last a year or more, particularly if bone needs to be built up first. More recently, many dentists have been placing an implant and crown in a single visit.
Two surgeries usually are needed to place and prepare the implant. During the first surgery, the implant is placed in the jaw and covered with gum tissue. The dentist then waits three to six months. At the end of the healing period, a second surgery is done to expose the implant so that the bridge can be placed.