The procedure for having a single dental implant installed typically takes about one hour, according to Emory Healthcare. Additional implants frequently only increase surgery time to a maximum of three hours.
Osseointegration, a process the Academy of Osseointegration defines as the bonding of the implanted titanium post bonding to the jawbone, can take up to six months, explains Emory Healthcare. When osseointegration has occurred, the dentist installs a healing abutment, a small metal piece around which the patient's gum heals. After the gum has healed, the dentist removes the abutment and affixes a false tooth, or crown, to the post.