How Do Dental Implants Work?

23rd September 2021 by

Are you wondering how dental implants work and if they are suitable for you? Our dental practice based in Central London can help advise you. There are so many questions when it comes to dental implants, including ‘How do dental implants work?’ and ‘Are you put to sleep for dental implants?’.

We’ve teamed up with our implant dentist Zaki Kanaan to explain more and ask your most frequently asked questions. We will also explain how dental implants work and how you can find out if you are suitable for implant surgery. Zaki Kanaan (MSc) has worked at Bow Lane Dental since 2001 and has a master’s degree in Dental Implantology. He answers some of your most frequently asked questions below.

Special offer

To celebrate 20 years of Bow Lane Dental, our dentist Zaki will be offering FREE dental implant consultations on Thursday 18th November 2021.

You’ll be saving £150, so please call us on 020 7236 3600 to book in and remember to quote ‘November offer’ upon booking.


How do dental implants work?

If you are missing one or more of your teeth, you may want to consider asking a dentist if dental implants are suitable for you. They work by attaching artificial teeth to the jawbone. Dental implants provide a more natural tooth replacement, and we can work very closely with our in-house lab technician to get you the perfect match.

In order to benefit the most from dental implants, you must be in generally good health and have a healthy jawbone which is fully developed. It is vital that you have healthy gums and jawbone in order for the implants to be supported.

What do dental implants look like?

Implants are made of titanium and serve as an artificial replacement for the root of a missing tooth. Because they are made of titanium, it will not cause any adverse reactions when attached to the gum tissue and jawbone. The crown (artificial tooth) is then placed onto the implant post. You can discuss any worries or concerns you have with our specialists, who will put you at ease and make sure you understand all parts of the procedure.

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What is the dental implant procedure?

Firstly, the implant is placed in your jaw and covered with gum tissue. You will then wait an average of three to six months for the implant to fully integrate into the jawbone.

Once the implant has integrated, your dentist will then attach the post to the implant. The gum tissue can then grow around it healthily. The post serves as the anchor for the replacement tooth.

Lastly, the crown is attached to the implant post. The crown is the artificial tooth that our lab technician has created. The implant will be hand-glazed and colour matched to your liking. You can find out more about the in-house laboratory here.

Do I need to be put to sleep for the procedure?

The answer is no. Most dental implants procedures are generally undertaken with local anaesthetic. For our more nervous patients, we can offer an IV sedation option should it help put your mind at ease. You can find out more about our sedation providers here.

Will I need to take time off work after my implant surgery?

No, you will not need to take time off work for your surgery. Most people generally are well enough to continue as normal after a dental implant. All we ask if that you follow a soft diet for the first few days and slowly build up to eating more solid foods.

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Why should I choose Bow Lane Dental for my dental implants?

One of the benefits of having your dental implants at Bow Lane is the fact that we have an in-house laboratory, where you can work face-to-face with our lab technician Richard. Richard can sit down with you and make sure the replacement tooth is the perfect match for you.

As well as this, not all dentists provide dental implant services, as you need an additional master’s degree in dental implantology.

Our specialists at Bow Lane have the skills needed to provide you with a high-quality and professional service with the best after-care.

If you’re exploring the idea of dental implants, you’ve come to the right place.

Call us today on 020 7236 3600. Our award-winning dentists are here for you.

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