For most, the tooth implant process will last several months, but most of this is the recovery time following the surgery. The procedure itself may require one or a number of surgeries, but most will only need to undergo a surgical procedure a single time before they can start rehabilitating their new replacement. Most take the treatment very well, and typically less than 5 percent of patients require removal of the device because of complications.

An initial consultation and examination will determine whether or not the patient is a candidate for the procedure. If the person has enough bone mass, then they will likely be able to tolerate the device, though if sinuses are likely to get in the way, another surgery may be required to refit them around the replacement. The actual procedure usually takes just one surgery, but some doctors like to space out the tooth implant process over a few visits to reduce the likelihood of some complications. This is especially true if the patient needs to have a tooth extracted before the rest of the procedure.

Once the replacement has been placed in the mouth, it will take several months for the body to start osseointegraton, which is when the jawbone grows around the device. This is an essential part of the treatment, as the bone is what keeps the replacement anchored in the jaw. If osseointegration fails, then the device will need to be removed. This is typically the only major complication a patient will need to account for, as minor pain and infections can be handled quickly by the dentist.