ANSWER: The time it takes to complete the implant process will vary depending on how many implants are being placed, the condition of the patients existing teeth and gums, and importantly, upon the availability of healthy bone. Any one of these factors could extend the time required to complete the treatment. Following the initial surgery, the patient will heal for about two months before returning for a post-operative exam. Within three to six months, the patient will return and we will complete the process by installing crowns on the implanted base. Again, the length of the procedure will depend on the condition of the patient, and the amount and scope of the work required. Your dentist can be more specific after he’s examined the patient and provide a more accurate time estimate.