A dental implant is a titanium screw used to support one or more false teeth. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.
Placement of an implant depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. If there is not enough bone, or if it isn't healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Usually the false teeth are fitted 3 to 4 months after the implants are put in. Sometimes the treatment may take longer, depending on the osseointegration of the implant to the bone.
Aftercare is important if you are going to have a long-lasting, successful implant. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you'll be shown how to clean them. You may need to visit your hygienist more often.