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Question:
Time requirement for gum / bone / implant healing? How long does it take for total procedure until gum/bone/implant site completely healed? ...Visitor from NY

Answer:
Gum tissue heals relatively quickly. However, bone can take a full 6 months to totally heal.

The time for bone to heal around an implant or integrate, depends upon the quality of the bone. There are different bone densities. The denser the bone the better initial stabilization is obtained.

In loosely woven bone as in the maxilla, it can take six months before you can place a load on the implant.

However, the newer implants coming out now like the NobelActive can obtain good initial stabilization in soft bone and be immediately loaded with a temporary crown. It used to be as a general rule that one would have to wait 6 months for implants in the maxilla and 3 months for implants in the mandible.

Another consideration is whether or not there was bone grafting performed in conjunction with the implant. If a bone graft were placed, I would wait 6 months for healing. So basically if an implant is placed in solid bone and no grafting is required, it is possible to place a permanent crown on the implant in 3 months.

If bone grafting was done in conjunction with the implant and/or the bone was not dense enough for good initial stabilization, I would wait 6 months for the permanent crown.

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