Initial Consultation: Because dental implants require one or more surgical procedures, you must have a thorough evaluation that includes having dental X-rays and 3D surveys taken of your teeth and mouth to determine if bone augmentation or soft tissue grafting would be required for treatment success. Your dentist will discuss with you the recommended treatment plan, explaining the procedure, and an estimated timeframe.
If the X-rays show that your jaw doesn’t have enough bone to hold an implant, the dentist can discuss options for building up the bone. These may often include bone grafting, where bone from another source is added to your jaw, or bone distraction, where a surgical procedure is done at the site where more bone is needed.
If you’ve had a bone graft, you need time to allow your bone to properly heal. It can take anywhere from 4-12 months for your jaw to be ready for the first implant.