First, your surgeon or periodontist will surgically place the implant into the jawbone.
Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration means, "combines with the bone" and is a process that takes time. The jawbone actually grows around the implant and holds it into place, which is what makes the implant so strong. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.
Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, Dr. Kim will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants.
“Implants” American Dental Association. http://www.ada.org/en/Home-MouthHealthy/az-topics/i/Implants