The dental implant process usually takes several months to complete. There are two surgical procedures with a couple of months in between them for recovery. The initial procedure is when we gently place the implant into the bone socket of the missing tooth. After this, we allow 3-6 months for the jawbone to heal and grow around the implant, securing it into place. Next, we attach a post on the implant, called an abutment, that acts as an anchor for the new artificial tooth. We then create the mold of the new tooth and place it during the next appointment.