Implant Procedure Guide

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

The 5 Crucial Stages of Implant Procedures

Our knowledgeable 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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First 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.

Second 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 implant’s correct type, shape and size.

In addition, we can use CAD-CAM technology and advanced computer software to virtually place the implant 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 we place the implant optimally.

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Third 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.

Fourth 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.

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fifth Stage

Fitting new tooth

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

This is the big day when we can fit your new teeth into 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.

Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
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!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!

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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.


Perfect for full mouth reconstructions, where patients have experienced tooth loss on the upper and lower jaws. More.


When securing implants to the jawbone is impossible, zygomatic implants are used to attach to the bone in the cheekbone. More.

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