I, too, was born missing a few teeth, some of which were wisdom, one of which wasn't, and I have an implant for that one now. I don't know if this is different from the norm, but my baby tooth had fused to my jawbone when I had it pulled, so I had a bovine bone graft, and I had to wait for at least a few months after that for the area to heal before the implant could be put in. I was in college, so I ended up waiting almost a year, then I had the implant put in (the part that acts as the root), and I had to wait another few months after that (again, it ended up being another year) for it to heal before I received the post and crown. My tooth was about halfway back, fortunately, my lower lip is chubby enough to cover the gap that I had for, effectively, two years.Originally Posted by inthegarden;3710327;
Honestly, the most painful part was when the tooth was initially pulled, as it started to heal and the stitches were pulling. But I vividly remember going to the mall the next day, so clearly it wasn't too bad. And the bone graft wasn't painful, but annoying, because the "sponge" they put on top to cover it dissolved/came out too easily, so I was spitting out bits of bone for at least a week until the hole closed up. Sorry, this was probably more graphic than you were interested in.