For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first two to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is making plans for new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Elbaz will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums that will eventually as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months from start to finish. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.