Only rough estimates can be made of course as to the duration of a planned treatment. This depends largely on your individual circumstances and requirements. Now and then, there is much talk in the media about immediate loading and immediate restoration. Such situations are exceptions and can usually only be implemented in a few patients who show optimal conditions, and under higher risk.
The following figure that reports on expected treatment times only describes average values. Under certain circumstances, these times can be exceeded, such as when your bone needs to be built up prior to implant placement.
A number of different options are available today to build up your bone. The one that you and our dentists/doctors choose will depend on which makes the most sense for you. In some cases, bone material is taken from a suitable site in your body (jaw, pelvis) before it is transplanted into your jaw where it will adhere to stable bone over time. In other cases bone-substitute material is more adequate. Combinations are also feasible. Bone substitute material is placed on the existing bone and grows together to form a stable foundation for the implant. In the upper jaw one can slightly elevate the mucosa of the maxillary sinus and fill the cavity with bone (substitute) material. This procedure is known as sinus floor elevation or sinus lifting, and is often applied.
Important for you: After the painless insertion of your implant, no major impairments need to be expected and you do not usually need a doctors note to take time off work. Good cooling prevents major swelling and ensures a more rapid healing.