Your step-by-step guide to dental implants

Losing one or more of your teeth can have a massive impact on your life. Not only will it impact your self-confidence, it will also affect your speech, eating and can lead to serious dental problems. Dental implants have long been recognised as one of the most effective treatments for teeth which are badly damaged or missing.

No longer taking several months to complete with same day dental implants, they could be the perfect solution to achieve your perfect smile.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are custom-made teeth replacements that are permanently attached to your jawbone.

Used for multiple or single teeth, the dental implant is most commonly made from a titanium screw with a tooth crown on top. Custom-made for your teeth, dental implants look natural, undetectable and if treated properly, will last a lifetime.

Unlike other options for tooth replacement, like crown and bridge procedures or dentures, dental implants are the only treatment that will prevent bone loss. Dental implants also do not damage heathy teeth, which is why many leading dental organisations recognise them as the standard of care for tooth replacement.

What does it treat?

Dental implants are used to replace missing or badly damaged teeth.

Not only do missing teeth pose cosmetic and speech problems, they will also result in the loss of chewing function and the inability to eat a complete diet. Missing teeth also pose a serious bone loss problem.

Your jawbone needs the chewing action of your teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong. Without this action, the bone will begin to disappear. Alongside the dental problems this causes, without your teeth and facial bones you face will sink in and make you look prematurely aged.

As dental implants are attached to your jawbone, they are the only treatment that can stimulate chewing action and prevent bone loss. In addition, dental implants are also shown to improve comfort and allow you to eat, talk and live your life as normal.

What is the procedure?

The procedure for dental implants is relatively straightforward, and follows five simple steps.

Step 1: Planning and preparation

During your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth, take x-rays of your jaw and begin to plan your perfect treatment. At Perfect Smile, we will use our state-of-the-art CT scanning machine to give the most accurate 3D mapping of your jaw, ensuring safe and effective long-term results.

Step 2: Implants

Once you’re happy to proceed, your dentist will begin preparing for the implants. These will be surgically inserted into your jawbone, with a temporary crown in place. For the procedure, you can either stay awake with local aesthetic or be fully sedated, allowing you to wake up with a full and perfect smile.

Step 3: Healing

Once the implants are in, you need to take the time to recover fully. As one of the most important steps, this time will allow your bone to grow around your new implant and firmly secure it in place. Ranging from eight weeks to six months, this time is also used for you to decide on any changes in the colour texture, sparkle and positioning of the teeth.

Step 4: Final crown

This is where your final crown is inserted into your implant. Using impressions of your teeth, the crown is custom-made to perfectly suit your smile and is usually ready three months after your initial consultation.

Step 5: Show your smile

With your dental implants secure and in place, there’s nothing left to do but enjoy your brand new smile.


Dental implants are almost impossible to replace. Replacing missing or damaged teeth, they are the only implants able to prevent bone loss while providing your perfect smile.

Ultimately, your dentist will be able to discuss whether dental implants are the perfect fit for you, depending on your unique needs.

Ready to achieve your perfect smile with dental implants? Book a consultation today.

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