Once your bone has grown on to the implant (a process called osseointegration) the risk of complications when attaching teeth to the implants (referred to as ‘loading’) decreases. It is possible to attach restorations to your implant before this process is completed, but this will increase the risk of complications or failure. The gold standard and best way to ensure that your dental implants integrate into the jaw bone successfully is to wait for a minimum of 8 weeks before making a custom restoration. In the meantime, another type of temporary restoration (such as such a denture or bridge) can be used to fill the gap so that you can smile. We will tailor the healing period to your particular circumstances and explain this to you once you have had an implant consultation.