If a tooth is destroyed beyond repair and needs to be extracted, it is gently removed from its socket using special instruments. If you and your doctor decide to restore this area with a dental implant, there are a few ways to proceed. If enough bone is present in the area, the implant may be placed immediately after extracting the tooth. If there is not sufficient bone however, a graft of bone can be placed in the socket. After waiting a few months for the bone to heal, the implant will then be placed. After the healing process has been completed the implant is restored with a crown that is attached to the implant with an abutment. The entire process may take 4-10 months.