The Procedure

The Procedure Itself

Every patient is an individual, so although the implant process is a relatively straightforward procedure, what follows is only a general guide to the steps of the treatment process.

In some cases, not all the steps will be required, while others may be more complex.


The Assessment

During your initial consultation, Dr Heath will assess your requirements and advise you of the best options available. In many cases you will have been referred by your own dentist, however this is not a requirement.

The initial consultation includes a detailed oral examination and x-rays. It may be necessary to use a 3D CT scan, but this is not always required. Shine Dental Implant Care have a 3D Digital Scanner on site so you will not have to wait for days to get an appointment in another building in order for Dr Heath to complete his treatment plan.

After this comprehensive consultation, a full treatment plan is created and all the options are discussed, from price options to teeth style and colour, together with examples and models for the patient to view.

On Approval

Once a treatment plan has been agreed, we will create a working template which helps us to determine the exact location of the implants. This is a vitally important part of the process because very high standards of accuracy are required.

Dr Heath will explain exactly where and how the implants will be positioned and the length of time required for implant surgery for your individual case.

The Surgery

The placement of dental implants is a surgical procedure. It is relatively simple and a surprisingly painless process. After the treatment, most patients are pleasantly surprised by how little discomfort they have experienced during the placement of their implants.

For a single implant, the procedure should take only 30-60 minutes to complete. Naturally the process is carried out in our state of the art surgery, under fully sterile conditions. The procedure does require a local anaesthetic. At Shine Dental Implant Care we can use “The WAND”, which is our computerised anaesthetic delivery system for virtually pain-free injections.

After surgery, you will probably experience some very minor discomfort as the local anaesthetic wears off, but this can be easily controllable with standard, over-the-counter pain relief.

We always recommend a friend or family member collects a patient after surgery and avoids driving or using any machinery.

Temporary Restorations

After the implants have been positioned, we can sometimes place a temporary restoration on the implant site immediately. However this is temporary, your implants will take approximately 3-4 months to integrate with the surrounding bone in order to form a fixed, permanent base. A denture may be worn during this healing process, or in some cases a simple adhesive bridge may be used.

Restoration and Teeth Creation

When the implant has properly integrated, the tops of the implants are uncovered and replacement teeth are connected firmly and permanently to the secured implant.

These can be single crowns; small bridges or large full arch restorations. In some cases they can even be removable over-dentures which are clipped to the solid foundations the implants have created.

The replacement teeth are prepared by our dedicated dental laboratory to match your existing teeth perfectly. They are designed and hand finished to ensure they look and feel completely natural. If you would like to have slightly more even teeth than you had before, these can be created too.

Some patients like to visit the dental lab to ensure that the perfect shade and shape are being created and to discuss any aspect of the cosmetic appeal of the final result.

If you have any questions about the dental implant procedure, please do contact Shine Dental Implant Care by email using the box below, our quick response “chat” app or simply call us on 01623 629 391 today.


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