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When missing teeth, tooth replacement with dental implants offers a permanent and highly effective solution to restore the appeal and function of your smile. Whether you want to replace just one tooth or all your teeth, understanding the procedure and the time frame can help you plan and set expectations for treatment. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the time it takes to complete the dental implant procedure for single versus multiple implants, the benefits of each approach, and options that might expedite the process.

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Enhanced Smile

When your smile indicates to the world how confident and joyful you are, it can feel debilitating to have a gap where a tooth is missing. Multiple dental implants can restore a beautiful, bright, natural-looking smile by replacing numerous missing teeth and seamlessly filling in gaps for a big boost of self-confidence.

Long-term Durability

With proper care and maintenance, multiple dental implants offer long-term durability and reliability, providing a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring oral health.

Single Dental Implants

When placing single implants, the time frame for completing the procedure is relatively short compared to multiple implant placements. The process typically involves the following steps:

Consultation and Treatment Planning

During the initial consultation, your dentist will evaluate your oral health, discuss your treatment goals, and create a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs. This phase may also include digital imaging scans and a bone density assessment to determine the optimal implant placement.

Implant Placement

The implant placement procedure can be performed with the following anesthesia options to ensure patient comfort:

Local anesthesia with:

  • Minimal sedation – for a conscious but extremely relaxed experience
  • Twilight sedation – for a dreamlike state
  • Deep sedation – for semi-consciousness to unconsciousness

General anesthesia – to sleep

Once you reach the agreed-upon level of sedation, the dentist will insert the implant(s) through the gums and into the jawbone. After the implant(s) are placed, a healing cap or temporary restoration may be attached to facilitate the healing process and maintain aesthetics.


Once the implant(s) are placed, a process called osseointegration occurs. During this process, the implant(s) fuse with the surrounding bone tissue over several weeks to months. This integration provides a stable foundation for the final restoration and ensures long-term success and durability.

  • A key factor – Typically, the healthier your underlying bone and gums are, the faster the implant will integrate with the jaw.

Final Restoration

After sufficient osseointegration, the final restoration, such as a porcelain crown or bridge, if three teeth in a row are missing, is fabricated and attached to the implant(s). The restoration is custom-designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth while restoring natural beauty and function to your smile.

Completing treatment with one or two single dental implants can take anywhere from eight weeks to six months, with most of the time dedicated to allowing proper healing and osseointegration.

Multiple Dental Implants

When replacing many, most, or all of one’s upper or lower teeth is required, multiple single implants and implant-supported dentures or bridges can restore oral function, aesthetics, and health. While the process of placing multiple implants is more complex and may take longer to complete, the benefits of comprehensive restoration are significant:

Improved Stability and Function

Multiple dental implants provide greater stability and support for restorations, such as implant-supported bridges or dentures, allowing for improved chewing efficiency and overall oral function.

Preservation of Bone and Facial Structure

Like natural tooth roots, dental implants stimulate the jawbone to preserve bone and maintain facial structure, helping prevent the distortion of facial features associated with other non-implant options.

Top 3 Ways To Help Speed Up the Dental Implant Process

While dental implants take time to heal and osseointegrate, these three options may be able to expedite the process:

Immediate Implant Placement

Sometimes, immediate implant placement may be possible, allowing the implant(s) to be inserted simultaneously as tooth extraction. This approach reduces the overall treatment time and eliminates the need for a separate healing period between extraction and implant placement.


All-on-4 implant-supported dentures are innovative solutions that utilize a strategic placement of dental implants to support a full arch of teeth with fewer implants. This approach reduces the number of implants required and accelerates the restoration process, allowing patients to enjoy a complete smile in less time.

Guided Implant Surgery

Guided implant surgery utilizes advanced imaging technology and computer-guided surgical planning to precisely place implants in the optimal position within the jawbone. This approach enhances accuracy and efficiency, reducing the risk of complications and shortening the overall treatment time.


Immediate load or “teeth-in-a-day” procedures allow for the placement of temporary restorations on the same day as implant surgery, providing immediate function and aesthetics while the final restorations are fabricated. This option offers immediate benefits and minimizes the waiting period for a complete smile.

The #1 Reason Dental Implants Take Longer

Above all, your oral health contributes most to the speed at which your implant post and bone fuse completely. When severe gum disease leads to losing multiple teeth, jawbone loss has likely already started.

Preparation for implant placement will take significantly longer and may include gum surgery, bone grafts, or more. Accidents are the most common cause of losing healthy, adjacent, permanent teeth.

The Good News

Unless a facial fracture occurs, when a minor accident is the cause of tooth loss, the hard and soft tissues are often in good condition, making the dental implant process quicker.

Expert Dental Implant Placement at Chicago Dental Arts

Dr. Fedin and the team at Chicago Dental Arts invite you to learn more about the level of care we provide for dental implant patients. Check out our wide range of dental implant options and other services:

Our Chicagoland dental implant specialist has three locations to serve Skokie, Hinsdale, the Gold Coast, and Downtown Chicago—call (312) 642-6631 today for more information.

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Chicago Office

919 Michigan Ave
Floor 3
Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 642-6631

Skokie Office

4905 Old Orchard Center
Suite 420
Skokie, IL 60077

(847) 676-0484