Dental Implants & Pain

Our clinic is extremely well-known throughout the community in Surrey as we accept patients from Twickenham, Walton, Woking, Hampton Court and neighbouring towns.

Eliminate Gaps: How Painful are Dental Implants?

At The Gentle Dental, we commit to ensuring all of our patients are fully informed about what their treatment entails, prior to the treatment commencing.

The insertion of a dental implant is one of the most popular long-term tooth replacement solutions.

The procedure works by inserting a titanium screw into the jawbone which will serve as an artificial root, where a tooth replacement such as a crown or denture will be placed onto.

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Is the procedure painful?

We know that many of our patients have dental phobias or at least experience some small anxiety when considering coming to the dentist.

We have many measures in place to ensure that treatment is as comfortable and stress-free, including fully informing our patients about every step we will take throughout the procedure, a comfortable setting and sedation if you desire.

However, many people fear perceived levels of pain or the potential risks attached to the procedure.

Thankfully, the most uncomfortable thing about the dental implant procedure is the injection needed for sedation.

We use a local anaesthetic so that you won’t feel the insertion of the artificial tooth root. Instead, you will only feel a slight pressure on the jaw bone.

If your tooth needs to be surgically removed before the treatment, then patients often report this aspect is actually more uncomfortable than the insertion of the dental implant and have claimed that the procedure was pain-free.

Post-treatment aftercare

At The Gentle Dental, we promise full access if you have any additional queries or concerns in the following days or weeks post-surgery.

You can contact us at 020 8224 7562.

In some cases, patients require pain medications after surgery.

This may be necessary if you experience swelling or intense discomfort in the following days after surgery.

Again, you can contact us if this occurs and we will guide you through the necessary steps to take.


Quick contact

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  • Initial consultation: The procedure will begin with a comprehensive examination where we assess 56 areas of the mouth to decide the appropriate implant treatment for you.
  • Diagnostic records: This stage 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.
  • Surgery: If you prefer we are happy to carry out surgery under local anaesthetic. During this phase, the implant or implants are placed into the bone and covered up by the gum. The option for having the implant placement under conscious-sedation is also available.
  • New teeth: During this stage, we will uncover the implant and manufacture your new tooth or teeth. If the implant is now fully covered by the gum then we will carry out a small procedure to partially expose the implant before connecting the artificial tooth.
  • Fitting the new tooth: For the final stage, we will fit your new tooth! You may choose to have a local anaesthetic for this stage too, but many people are happy to do it without. We will review your healing progress after 4 weeks to ensure your new customised teeth have settled in perfectly and are stable and secure.

What happens after the procedure?

Following the procedure, you can expect some general discomfort typical of most dental surgeries. This may include:

  • Gum/face swelling
  • Bruising of gums and skin surrounding the area
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Slight bleeding or inflammation

Your dentist will make sure you are given all of the required guidelines to best care for the new implant before leaving the practice. Are dental implants successful?


Get in contact today

Our highly qualified, experienced dentists are more than well-equipped to make your dental implant treatment comfortable, stress-free and effective. Click here to see our before and after gallery and get an idea of the successful treatments we provide.

If you think you may require a dental implant or would like to discuss alternative treatment options to suit your needs, do not hesitate to get in contact.

Our receptionists will be happy to book a free consultation appointment for you to suit your availability, where you can gain access to tailored advice tailored to your own dental needs. Contact us now.

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!

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 not possible, zygomatic implants are used to attach to the bone in the cheekbone. More.

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