The Dental Implant Process at MIC

Have you ever wondered what the dental implant process involves? The experts at MIC reveal all. 

If you are researching dental implants in London because of damaged, failing, or missing teeth, find out once and for all what the implant procedure involves before you book your treatment. 

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The Dental Implant Procedure

Although there are many types of dental implants available, most procedures will follow the same 5 stages, which cover everything from the consultation to the final fit. 

So, what can you expect when you come in for dental implants in London with MIC?

Stage 1: Your Consultation and CT Scan

When you join us for a dental implant consultation, your implantologist will consider many factors while planning your dental implant treatment. 

This multi-factor approach ensures that dental implants are the best option for you and that you are eligible for the treatment you are considering. 

As such, at the consultation, you will discuss your medical history, have your mouth carefully assessed, and go for a CT scan to determine whether you have sufficient bone density for successful dental implant placement. 

A CT scan* is completely painless, takes around 20 minutes or less, and involves you lying on a flat bed while the CT scanner moves around your head and jaw to take images.

After studying your scans, if you do not have enough bone for dental implant placement, you might require a bone graft treatment beforehand, which helps to add new bone to key areas in the mouth so the implants can be placed.

After the assessment and CT scan results have come back, if you are found to be eligible for dental implants in London then your clinician will prepare a fully bespoke treatment plan, which will be shared with you. 

Our implantologists, Dr Santos and Dr Molins, have transformed the lives of many patients with dental implants, improving their oral health and restoring their smiles

As a dedicated Dental Implant Centre, we place more than 1,000 implants per year – and thanks to our first-rate customer experience and expertise, many of our patients are referred by other dentists or choose us because of word-of-mouth recommendations.

Stage 2: Your Treatment Plan

As part of your consultation, a treatment plan will be generated and shared with you. 

This is a really important step, as your treatment plan will tell you everything you need to know about your treatment and allow your implantologist to accurately plan what needs to happen to give you the results you aspire towards. 

Your clinician will take the time to thoroughly explain your treatment plan to you, including the process and dental implant procedure, how many appointments are needed, and the potential costs associated with each appointment and stage of treatment. 

This treatment plan is emailed to you on the same day as your consultation, giving you plenty of time to mull it over, research your options, and contact us if you have any questions or queries.

As part of the plan, full price breakdowns are offered, and payment methods are presented. This includes the options of:

  • Paying for the full treatment cost at the first stage of treatment – which will receive a 5% discount.

Using 0% payment plans – thanks to our finance partner, Chrysalis Finance, patients can spread the cost over 6, 12, or 24 months, subject to credit score.

Stage 3: Implant Placement

The next stage is surgical and involves placing the dental implants themselves. 

During your implant placement, you will be anaesthetised and your clinician will make a surgical incision to expose the bone of the jaw

Next, the dental implant will be placed directly into the bone, deep enough to allow for good fusion through the process of osseointegration, before being closed and left to heal. 

This procedure normally takes around 60 minutes. 

Although you won’t feel any pain, you will notice some pressure, which is worth being aware of, and there may be a little tenderness in the 7 to 10 days that follow. However, it is safe to return to work in around 24 hours. 

Afterward, a 3-month healing period will follow your dental implant placement, which allows for the dental implant to fully integrate with the jaw, creating a solid, reliable structure for your dental implant crowns.

As a surgical procedure, it is important that you are aware of the possible discomfort that can occur in the days following the procedure. Similarly, in order to achieve a successful outcome from this procedure and to decrease discomfort, it’s important that you carefully follow the given post-operative care instructions – including the taking of any medications – which will help to minimise the chance of complications, like infections, and encourage better healing

Stage 4: Dental Impressions

At your next appointment, if all looks good on the x-ray and bone integration between the implant and your jaw has taken place, your clinician will take final implant impressions to prepare the final implant crown or bridge – the visible part of the dental implant structure.

During this process, a 3shape TRIOS Scanner will scan the teeth and any implants to capture the shape of your unique dental anatomy, without needing to use putty impressions which can be unpleasant and less accurate. 

Once taken, these impressions are sent to a dental laboratory to create your bespoke dental implant crowns or bridges, which will help them craft the ideal set for you.

Throughout the dental implant process, we use the best materials, exceptional British Dental Labs, and the latest technology, always adhering to the quality standards set out by the General Dental Council – so you can be sure of receiving the best quality dental implants and implant techniques. 

Stage 5: Final Fit

The final stage of the process is probably the most exciting, because it involves the placement of the dental implant crown or bridge. 

This stage restores full functionality and a natural-looking smile, allowing you to socialise with confidence and enjoy a full and varied diet once more – including harder foods that require more chewing.

At this final stage, we also offer specific instructions for cleaning and caring for your dental implants, which will help you to make sure they last for decades to come.