A Complete Guide to The Dental Implant Procedure

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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth, such as crowns or dentures. They have a unique ability to fuse with the jawbone, creating a strong and long-lasting support system for replacement teeth.

We have combined the expert knowledge from our team to create this complete guide on the dental implant procedure and what you can expect when visiting the Smilemakers Clinic in Southampton.


The Benefits of Dental Implants

There are numerous benefits to undergoing the dental implant procedure, helping to improve your happiness, comfort, and confidence. The top benefits of dental implants include:

  1. Natural Look and Feel: Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, providing a seamless smile.
  2. Improved Oral Health: Unlike traditional bridges, implants don’t require altering adjacent teeth, preserving dental structure.
  3. Enhanced Comfort: There is no slipping or discomfort often associated with dentures.
  4. Durability: With proper care, they can last a lifetime, making them a worthwhile investment in your oral health.

You can book a consultation online now or contact our team of dental experts to discuss your needs and how we can assist you and meet your needs.


The Process

The next section of our guide outlines the process you will undergo when attending our clinic and what you can expect from our expert team:

  1. Consultation: Your journey begins with a consultation with a qualified implant dentist. During this visit, your dentist will assess your oral health, discuss your goals, and determine if you’re a suitable candidate.
  2. Treatment Planning: If you’re deemed eligible for implants, your dentist will create a personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs. This may involve imaging, such as X-rays or CT scans, to assess bone density and structure.
  3. Implant Placement: The next step is the surgical placement of the implant into the jawbone. This procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia, ensuring minimal discomfort.
  4. Healing Period: Following implant placement, there’s a period of healing known as osseointegration, during which the implant fuses with the jawbone. This process can take several months, but it’s crucial for the long-term success of the implant.
  5. Placement of Replacement Teeth: Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone, abutments are attached on to the fixtures, and replacement teeth—such as crowns, bridges, or dentures—are securely affixed to the abutments, completing your smile transformation.


Finding The Right Implant Clinic

When it comes to something as important as your oral health, choosing the right practice is paramount. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a Practice for your implant treatment:

  1. Experience and Expertise: Look for a clinic with experienced implant dentists who have a proven track record of successful implant placements.
  2. Advanced Technology: Choose a clinic that utilises state-of-the-art technology for diagnostics, treatment planning, and implant placement, ensuring precision and optimal outcomes.
  3. Patient-Centred Care: Opt for a clinic that prioritises patient comfort and satisfaction, offering personalised care and clear communication throughout the treatment process.
  4. Reputation: Research patient reviews and testimonials to gauge the reputation of the clinic and the satisfaction of previous implant patients.
  5. Affordability: While cost shouldn’t be the sole determining factor, choose a clinic that offers transparent pricing and flexible payment options to accommodate your budget.

When choosing Smilemakers for your dental implant needs, you can be assured that all the above factors have been covered, with our specialist team adopting a sensitive, professional, and experienced approach. Additionally, we have worked hard to ensure we offer some of the best facilities in the industry, with our Southampton-based clinic being the go-to destination for quality dental care in the surrounding area.



Dental implants offer a permanent solution for missing teeth, restoring not only your smile but also your confidence and quality of life. Southampton residents have access to our reputable practice, staffed by experienced implant dentists who prioritise patient satisfaction and optimal treatment outcomes. 

By understanding the dental implant procedure and what to look for when choosing the right clinic for your needs, you can embark on a journey towards a brighter, more confident smile.

You can book a consultation online now, where you can discuss your needs and any concerns with our helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable team.

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