The whole process can be completed in a couple of weeks. Thanks to technological advancements in dental x-rays, some dentists are using a 3D imaging system. This system lets the dentist see a 360 degree display of a patient's entire jaw. Implants procedures require a dentist to know the quality and length of the remaining bone around the empty tooth area. He also needs to know where the nerves are located. Previously, many x-rays were needed.
This required a patient to spend hours sitting in a dentist's chair. Now, everything that the dentist needs to x-ray for the implant procedure can be obtained in a matter of minutes. Like other implant treatments, dental implants are often chosen because the dental implant or screw is allowed enough time to fuse with the bone inside the gum's structure. This fusing process is called osseointegration. One of the signs of a successful osseointegration is when the patient feels as though their original tooth has come back.
After the titanium implant is inserted, a temporary cover is put over it until the implant has completely fused (osseointegration) with the patient's gum. The osseointegration process usually takes 3 to 6 months. When the osseointegration is complete, the dentist will place a temporary crown over the implanted screw. The temporary crown will allow that section of the gum to naturally form around it and provide the right fit for the permanent crown later on.