A dental implant is a small titanium screw which replaces your tooth root. It’s gently and precisely placed into your jawbone by your dentist. Dental implants usually take 10 to 16 weeks to heal. This involves the bone fusing to the implant. Once the implant is fused, a crown (false tooth) can be fitted, or a bridge with three false teeth can be placed over two implants. Alternatively, the implant could be used to secure a loose denture. In some cases, temporary false teeth can be placed on the same day that the implant is placed, often referred to as smile or teeth in a day.