The 5 Crucial Stages of Implant Procedures

Losing a tooth can be worrying, uncomfortable and damaging to your overall oral condition.

Our knowledgable authors and implant dentists will walk you through every step and make you aware of what you should expect when coming in for your restorative treatment.

This is because many patients are realising the multitude of advantages, which include no longer experiencing the discomfort of dentures.

As the implant is fitted and secured deep down into your jawbone using a titanium screw that functions as an artificial root, the new replacement tooth will be much stronger, more secure and more comfortable in comparison to dentures.

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Ist Stage

Examination and assessment

The implant treatment journey begins with a comprehensive examination carried out by one of our premium dentists; Dr Ali Rifai.

During the examination, the doctor will assess 56 areas of the mouth which will help to decide the most suitable implant treatment option for you.

It’s during this stage that any underlying threats, conditions or infections are identified. Any decay or problems will need to be fixed prior to ensuring implant success.

“This is a lovely practice, the staff are so friendly and caring and Dr Ali has impeccable standards. I really recommend Gentle Dental if you’re considering cosmetic dentistry.” – Mona A.

2nd Stage

Diagnostic records 

During the second stage, we will take diagnostic records.

This involves taking moulds or a scan of your mouth.

In addition, a cone – beam CT scan will be completed which is a 3D X-ray that will allow us to assess the height and width of the bone, and identify any important anatomical features such as nerves.

This ensures that we place the correct type, shape and size of the implant.

In addition, we are able to use CAD-CAM technology and advanced computer software to virtually place the implant in order to plan and accurately visualise how it will look in the mouth.

This reduces the risk of problems or complications occurring after surgery begins.

Our dental staff can also create implant placement guides to ensure that we place the implant in the optimum position.

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3rd Stage


The 3rd stage is surgery.

Surgery can be carried out under local anaesthetic in the surroundings you already know within the practice.

Here, the implant or implants will be placed into the bone and covered up by the gum. On the day of the surgery, we recommend that you take it easy without taking any exercise or other strenuous activity.

On the following day, we will call to check with you and answer any questions you may have.

However, you can call or message us anytime if you have questions or concerns.

We will review you one week later to remove the sutures and ensure that all is going well.

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4th Stage

New teeth

The 4th stage is the uncovering of the implant and manufacture of your new tooth/teeth.

Sometimes if the implant is fully covered by the gum we will carry out a small procedure under local anaesthetic which will involve exposing the implant.

This will allow us to place a healing collar and then we can proceed to make your new teeth by taking a mould or scan.

5th Stage

Fitting new tooth

In the 5th and final stage, we will fit your new tooth or teeth.

This is the big day where we can fit your new teeth to the implant.

Some people may want a small amount of local anaesthetic for this procedure but many are happy to go ahead without, this will be up to you on the day

We will review you 4 weeks after fitting to ensure your new customised teeth have settled in well.

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Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)

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Single Implants

Often used in simple cases where one tooth has been lost by accident or trauma. More.

Multiple Implants

Used in cases of multiple tooth loss in different locations in the mouth, where teeth are not missing in a row. More.


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When securing implants to the jawbone is not possible, zygomatic implants are used to attach to the bone in the cheekbone. More.
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