WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT? . Dental implant is an artificial titanium fixture (similar to those used in orthopedics) which is placed surgically into the jaw bone to substitute for a missing tooth and its root(s). . . Surgical Procedure. STEP 1: INITIAL SURGERY STEP 2: OSSEOINTEGRATION PERIOD STEP 3: ABUTMENT CONNECTION STEP 4: FINAL PROSTHETIC RESTORATION .