Sometimes, a second step in the procedure is necessary. This step lets Dr. Harrell uncover the implant and attach an extension. This temporary healing cap completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Your gums will be allowed to heal nicely for the next two weeks or so.
If Dr. Harrell chooses a one-stage implant system, you will not require the second step. These systems use an implant that already has the extension piece attached. He knows which choice is best for you.

The bone around the implant heals through osseointegration. In this phase, your own bone grows around the implant to hold it securely in place.

Some patients might need up to several months until Dr. Harrell determines the implant is completely integrated and the replacement tooth can be attached to it. Other patients can have an implant and replacement tooth in one visit.