For routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the time of placing the first teeth, treatment times can vary between 6 weeks and 6 months.
The availability of better bone can be used to decrease treatment time, whilst more time and care must be taken with poorer bone, which can therefore extend treatment times beyond six months.
Are the new teeth joined together?
When multiple implants are placed, they are routinely joined together in the same way that a bridge supported by natural teeth would be designed.
If enough implants are available, it is often easier and just as effective to make several smaller sections of bridgework each supporting a few teeth. The overall effect in the mouth is the same and if you ever need to repair one of the small sections, this can be very much easier to do.
Again the bone quality and the number and position of the implants will largely determine which option is most suitable for you. When implant-supported teeth are linked together, they are mechanically stronger than the individual parts and can better resist the forces of normal function which will try and undo the screw components, posts and/or cements that secure the underlying structure to each of the implants.