Once they have been implanted into the jawbone, implants take on the role of tooth roots. The healing period of 3 to 6 months involves the jawbone growing around the implant. Once this has occurred, the body believes the implant to be a new tooth root. Implants are set within the gum line, and unlike dentures, they don’t depend on suction to stay in position. This means they are far more stable and functional. A further benefit of implants is that no drilling is required of the adjacent teeth, unlike tooth replacement treatments such as bridges.