A dental implant is usually made primarily of titanium and resembles a screw. This screw-like structure is placed into the jawbone and serves as an attachment for either dental crowns, bridges, or dentures.
It is normal to be sore after an implant procedure. The dentist may inform you to switch to a soft diet on a temporary basis.
Once the implant is placed, the area around the implant takes several months to attach to the bone. The attachment of the bone to implant is called osseointegration. Once the implant is integrated with the bone the next step is to start on a dental crown, bridge, or implant denture (a denture held on with implants).
8-12 months depending on how complex the situation is.