How Long Do Dental Implants Take? Immediate 1 day or 2 years?

How Long Do Dental Implants Take? Immediate 1 day or 2 years?

How Long Do Dental Implants Take? Immediate 1 day or 2 years?

These are some of the realities of how long dental implants take to complete.  This video is worth your time!

It can take anywhere from one day with immediate loaded teeth all the way to 2 years. This video reviews the rationale for when you can go fast and when it needs to go slow.

It is a follow-up to an older video from some years ago when I had more hair  😉

This is an update to that previous post.

Some dental implants can go very fast some need time.  The key is safety, predictability and longevity of your dental implant procedure.

IT IS NOT A RACE!!

Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

18 Comments

  1. Robin Stefurak

    Hi Dr. Ramsey Amin, I am in NC and need to consult with a dental implant specialist. My problem is that I have a failing bridge on my RU molars. My left Upper has a broken off crown(only roots left). I really want to consider a full upper implant denture. I am a professional and can’t really go without teeth, but I have heard/read that immediate placement has a high failure rate. Seems to be so much contradictory information out there I am having a difficult time finding the right answers. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Any DDS recommendation in NC would also be helpful. Thank you for all of your time/videos and responses. All extremely helpful.

    February 15, 2020 at 6:10 pm Reply
    1. Ramsey Amin

      Immediate is more technique sensitive and requires high skill. I do this everyday for 20’years now….it works GREAT

      February 16, 2020 at 5:46 am Reply
  2. john hamner

    I know all cases differ Doctor Ramsey but assuming nothing unusual a front upper tooth implant that would need a small amount of bone graft when you remove the tooth would your under these circumstances place the bone graft and insert the implant in the same procedure or would you pull the tooth place the bone graft and let the graft heal for a few months before placing the implant. My goal is the best possible outcome. Thank you.

    April 8, 2019 at 2:42 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      in the hands of an expert almost all the time it is better to place the implant at the same time…. You need to do extreme due diligence because front teeth require a very high level of skill for them to look good and be long lasting. They require the highest degree of skill possible.

      April 13, 2019 at 10:06 pm Reply
  3. Kee kee

    Well I have periodontal disease been had it for about 3yrs now…but my problem is I can’t afford the treatment for that just yet..and I have a loose front tooth..just one so I was wondering should o just let them pull that on tooth and replace it for now..and then go back for periodontal treatment..?

    April 6, 2019 at 1:20 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      It would NOT be good to replace a tooth in the presence of active gum disease. This will put a nail in the coffin ⚰️ for the implant.

      For now, remove it and do a stayplate or essix bridge.
      https://www.burbankdentalimplants.com/flipper-stayplate-bridge-temporary-implant-bone-graft-facts/

      April 8, 2019 at 12:27 am Reply
  4. Valerie

    I wish I had found this site before embarking on my treatment. I have learned so much in the understandable language you use. Thank you for the time you take here.
    Basically it has taken 18 months to get my definitive restoration of upper and lower implant bar retained overdentures after an horrendous experience including dismissal of my problems, ie, that hurts…reply, it shouldn’t, burning my gums during treatment but offering no remedial treatment and doing surgery without my consent. ( I had a bad infection but had a panic attack when he said I needed surgery and said I couldn’t do it and pleaded with him to delay it. ) I lost confidence in him and the senior partner offered to finish the restoration. Great. He kept asking if Iwas happy with the work already done ie the implants. They seemed stable and painfree and I joked they could be up my nose for all I knew but seemed ok. He began the restoration work and then informed me after several weeks that he could not give me the aesthetics I wanted because of an implant in my upper jaw and that I would have prominent teeth. I asked if it was poorly placed and he said no, it’s in the bone!
    Two finals later I am left with prominent teeth, significant speech impediment, pressure and pain on the implants, midline way off centre, covered pallet instead of the chrome cobalt horseshoe I had paid for, I whistle when I speak and I drool. He is now offering me a fixed bridge but from your information, I don’t see how the original implants would support this?
    I had a second opinion and this dentist thought I had gone to a cheap dentist abroad, said he had stopped using these implants in 2002, the implant in the middle of my upper jaw is too far forward, 2 implants in the bottom jaw were already compromised in that they were 3-4 threads above the bone, the top bar does not fit the implants and the restoration was unacceptable,
    I have asked for a full refund in the hope of finding someone who can improve my situation but they don’t reply. Litigation in the UK is novel and uncertain in these circumstances
    Any pearls of wisdom would be much appreciated.

    November 5, 2018 at 1:45 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Sounds like the second opinion is the way to go. I would consider not using one or 2 of the implants that are not in a great position. As long as you have for 5 implants per jaw you might want to “sleep” or just remove the ones that are in the way. Then you can make temporary prosthesis that is fixed rather than removable over dentures to work out all of the things you describes such as speech, aesthetics etc. I’m sorry positive bad experience. For most of my patients this is life changing in such a beneficial way.

      November 6, 2018 at 1:56 am Reply
  5. Barbara

    1. Is there a case in which the gum has receded too far (years after an extraction) to put in a molar implant-even with bone graft?

    2. Can you remove my own tori and use that bone for a gum graft to build the bone loss …..and then put in an implant?

    November 4, 2018 at 10:32 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      1. very very rare but it takes a person with a lot of skilled and experienced to rebuild these areas that are very very deficient. Typically you would need gum and bone graft.

      2. Tori do not make great bone grafts but some shavings added to a softer bone graft material can be beneficial. Here is an article on tori

      November 6, 2018 at 1:58 am Reply
    2. Barbara Villarreal

      I appreciate you! Thanks for the answer. May I ask, will I taste or will my mouth smell metallic at ANY time after a dental implant is placed?

      April 16, 2019 at 5:20 am Reply
      1. RamseyAminDDS

        No

        April 18, 2019 at 5:06 am Reply
  6. Teri Garvey

    Just wanted to thank you for your informative website and blog. I just completed the process of full-mouth implants here in South Jersey, with an amazing periodontist. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. It was expensive, but it was worth it, to me, to have the work done by a professional with a high level of expertise. This is not something you want to go cheap on.

    My periodontist and his team did an excellent job of explaining everything and answering questions, but your website provides a lot of detailed information beyond what I thought of to ask. It’s a real service to anyone considering, getting, or living with implants.

    November 4, 2018 at 3:24 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      thank you for your very kind words 😉

      November 6, 2018 at 2:00 am Reply
  7. Hi Dr Ramsey Amin, my querie is if a patient was going to have the upper and lower prettau zirconia fixed bridges .. when the teeth were extracted I assume the first stage implant is put into the mouth /bone in strategic places RE the plan of weight bearing /balance and occlusion then the gum it stitched over to heal… how do the temporaries stay in the mouth as at this stage there would be nothing the temporary bridges could lock into as healing would have to happen first ? as this is the first stage of the (foundations )…So do the temporary bridges come in the form of removable dentures , then after the healing is that when the second stage of the implant is attached to the first stage ( by RE opening the gum) and then more healing ?then do a 2nd lot of temporary bridges take over ? and then when all healing is completed, is this when the final prettau zirconia bridges complete the work/ this is if no bone grafts were required / I understand there could be variants with different patients hence different senarios ,no one has given me a detailed treatment plan as yet only I have enough bone and an approx 6 month time frame and //or some still want to do that basic all on 4 with plastic type teeth in one day….l feel I need more information and you are the only person that is so informative and generous with your knowledge experience and time and last but not least the only one I completely trust. I endured a knee injury and that has set me back, my dental situation is not good / I would be very interested in your reply but only when you have the time, as i know you are a very busy man .,…..kindest regards Julie Shea 😁

    September 28, 2018 at 5:16 am Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Most of my cases I will extract them in place the implant simultaneously. The patient will leave with a fixed bridge within 24 hours of the procedure even on both arches. Because of my advance training and experience this is the norm for me. Some patients need to be transitioned through a denture because of very soft bone usually on the upper jaw.

      October 8, 2018 at 3:09 am Reply
  8. Cynthia Bowen

    Where are you located. I need help please

    September 26, 2018 at 6:15 pm Reply
    1. RamseyAminDDS

      Burbank California

      October 8, 2018 at 3:09 am Reply

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Monica D.
Monica D.
December 29, 2020.
There aren't enough words (and I have a lot of words) to tell you how grateful I am to have found Dr. Ramsey Amin and his wonderful staff. I had an enormous amount of bone loss and I was hopeless after being treated by a different doctor for two years. I had multiple procedures such as gum graft, extractions, and a sinus lift. After all of that, the doctor released me and told me he could not help me any longer. He sent me to a large teaching hospital - who also had no idea how to help me. I was terrified and embarrassed. I had been missing teeth due to those procedures since 2017. That sent me out on a journey of meeting with no less than five different dentist/oral surgeons. Most of them shamed me for the bone loss and wondered what I had done to cause this. In reality, I had done nothing. The bone loss is my body's immune system fighting me, as well as hereditary traits. In fact not only was I having difficulty being able to have implants, I also had so much bone loss that I was also not a candidate for dentures. I researched "what to do when you have bone loss and can't get implants" and I found Dr. Amin's website. Then I researched him, read his reviews, watched every one of his You Tube videos. I called and got an appointment, and kept going to consultations with other providers. I had long since stopped smiling and being social. Missing teeth and the shaming was affecting my life so adversely. When I met with Dr. Amin for my consultation he was ready. He had all of my records and had already reviewed my scans. But more than that, he genuinely wanted to get to know about my life. He was/is authentic, kind and extremely professional with so much success and experience in difficult cases like mine. He worked up a treatment plan & I came back two weeks later to discuss my options...and the journey began. I have had three procedures under IV sedation, no pain, no narcotics needed for aftercare. Dr. Amin is a consumate, experienced oral surgeon who cares about your health & understands your fears. He communicates every step of the way and will provide you with all the information you need to make a decision to improve your health. I am still working toward my end goal, and we had to zig from traditional implants and zag to zygomatic implants instead...which is the reason I chose him in the first place. If there was nothing else that could be done to get me healthy & smiling again, I knew he would have that option to help me. And of course 2020, the year of CV-19. Don't worry, Dr. Amin & his staff follow all health & safety protocols. This review is long, because it is important you know my journey, so you might understand how fortunate I feel to be healing. I'm torn, because this place is like a great restaurant, I want to shout from the rooftops how great it is, how great he is. And at the same time, I want to keep this all to myself. I come 75 miles each way to see him. I know people travel from all over the world for his expertise. Do yourself a favor, have a consultation. You won't regret it. Dr. Amin is amazing and so is his staff.
Jennifer B.
Jennifer B.
December 18, 2020.
I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Amin and his professional staff. I have to start off and say that I am absolutely TERRIFIED of the dentist due to several past experiences. I found myself putting this off for YEARS until I was referred over to Dr. Amin. I was petrified on my first visit... but he along with his WONDERFUL staff made me feel so calm and at ease. I had quite a bit of work that needed to be done, but we found the perfect plan that worked out for me, and I couldn't be happier. Words cannot express my gratitude to each and every staff member that made me feel safe and comfortable. Dr. Amin was always so attentive in asking if I was ever in pain... and I never was. These are truly remarkable individuals, and I'm so lucky to have a dentist that I can trust. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE each and every one of you! Thank you,
D M.
D M.
December 17, 2020.
I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Amin and his staff. I originally found them on Yelp about two years ago. I needed an implant, front tooth of all places, and was extremely nervous not only about surgery but about how it would turn out. Let me just say I just adore the staff. Everyone is crazy friendly and the whole office has a very positive vibe. The staff is adorable and always has me smiling by the time I leave. They are all thorough and on-point about what they do, and I truly appreciate it. They are quick to respond to my emails no matter the question, and their appointment reminders are great too. Dr. Amin is very thorough and reassuring, and answered any questions my husband or I had. My regular dentist had questions about the procedure and Dr. Amin's office even reached out to them at my request (my dentist said they never received a call, but Dr. Amin's staff had date, time and notes - love the thoroughness!). After surgery the Dr. called to leave me a message about how it went. Very minimal pain during healing, never any pain during any visits. It took a few tries to get everything just right for the permanent crown (color, etc), but the end result is beyond fantastic! At one point during healing I thought I was experiencing some looseness or wiggling but unfortunately couldn't make it to the office. When I was finally able to make it in the Dr. was so relieved, bless his heart. Luckily it was just a false alarm and everything checked out ok. They're a bit further out from me, but I wanted the best. I sure found it! I wish they were my regular dentist, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again for my check-up which was delayed due to COVID.
Melissa E.
Melissa E.
December 9, 2020.
I found Dr. Amin a few years back after I hadn't been to a dentist in a decade. Many traumatic dental experiences in childhood have made me so phobic that even getting a cleaning was a knee-knocking, heart-pounding trial. But finally I couldn't put off some things any longer. During my first anesthesia session, Dr. Amin replaced five old metal fillings, and during the second he did three more plus a crown. I was completely comfortable, and never felt a thing. Because they were extra-long sessions, I did sleep for about 12 hours after, but the next day I felt just fine. This past week, my back top tooth cracked in half and fell out of my mouth, and a couple days later the crown on the remainder of the tooth fell out too! Despite being nervous about Covid 19, I had to get it taken care of, so I called and quizzed the staff about precautions, which turned out to be even above and beyond what I would have expected. So yesterday I went for the tooth extraction and plug. After they put on the blood pressure cuff and put in the IV, I gradually got a little tired and closed my eyes. I sat there for about 10 minutes and thought Gee, I wonder if they're going to get started any time soon, and a minute later Dr. Amin said "Wake up, you're all done!" That was a short session, and I didn't have the kind of fatigue I did my first time. I stayed up most of the evening. Today, everything is good! I'm taking my antibiotic and eating soft foods, and there is surprisingly little pain now that the numbness has worn off. The tooth site and my cheek are a little sore, and the corner of my mouth, and I have a very slight headache, but nothing to any great level--I'm not even taking the acetaminophen. I feel good, and wide awake. Thanks to everyone at the office for a comfortable and professional job! I really REALLY appreciate you for giving me painless dental experiences!
Tanya S.
Tanya S.
December 3, 2020.
What can I say about Dr. Amin he is the best! I'm so grateful for him. He has literally changed my life and given me the confidence to smile more. I had major restorative dental work done and everything went smoothly. Dr. Amin is very compassionate and he really cares about his patients he made me feel comfortable and cared for. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. His office is very clean and they take the patients health and safety very serious. His staff is also amazing they made me feel very welcomed and important. I'm so happy I did my research and found Dr. Amin.  Thank you Dr. Amin and team.
Sheila S.
Sheila S.
November 6, 2020.
Two implants done! Finished all procedures and I couldn't be happier. It's the first time in years I looked forward to going to the dentist. Even during Covid life the staff and Dr. Amin took care of me. There is a possibility I may move to Long Beach but I would still travel to keep Dr. Amin as my dentist.
Allison S.
Allison S.
November 4, 2020.
I could not ask for a more caring, exceptionally knowledgeable dental care provider. He's not just a dentist, but someone who looks after your immediate dental needs and helps you plan and prepare for the future.
Julia R.
Julia R.
October 8, 2020.
I've been going to Dr. Amin since I turned 16 and have been going since. Before going to Dr. Amin's dental office, I had 4 crowns that I was not happy with and dealt with it until finally I asked Dr. Amin and because I  feel comfortable and because I trust him with his work I recently had my crowns fixed and worked on by  Dr. Amin and have never loved my smile the way I do now, I can actually enjoy my pictures, I can enjoy my smile from either angle and that really mattered to me. Thank you so much Dr. Amin still and will be in love with MY smile
Aaron D.
Aaron D.
October 6, 2020.
I've been coming to Dr. Ramsey for about five years and I have to say, he is by far the best dentist I've had - ever. The staff is professional and kind, the office is exceptionally well maintained, and Dr. Ramsey is careful and extremely knowledgeable about current developments and research in dentistry. I recently had a dental implant which was a long process but well worth it. I required a sinus lift as well as a bone graft. The surgery went off without a hitch, I was comfortable and the healing process was quick and without complication. Highly recommend!!
Flo O.
Flo O.
September 21, 2020.
This is my 1st review of Dr. Amin, and in my over 17 years of being with him, my experiences with Dr. Amin and his staff have always been positive.  I don't recall a bad experience with the several implant procedures i have had.  They run an efficient office.  I like that they are proactive and reach out to their patients to remind us of routine care needed.  Dr. Amin's bedside care is impeccable.  They are also technologically up to date in terms of sending out texts as reminders, ability to incorporate any appointment into your mobile phone.  That is certainly a plus.  Keep up the great care!!!