There are three stages to dental implant treatment. First, the implant surgery - where Dr Daley gently and precisely places the titanium post into the jaw - takes around 1 to 2 hours. And IV sedation means you can sleep comfortably right through it. The next part is the healing phase, which can take between 3 to 6 months. A healing cap or ‘abutment’ is placed over the top of the implant straight after surgery and stays there until the jaw bone and gums fully heal. Once they have, it’s time to fit your new permanent tooth crown. To make sure your crown fits properly, this stage is done across two appointments a couple of weeks apart. At the first appointment, we check that the titanium post has fused with the jaw bone, and we take an impression of the implant. The impression is sent to our local, specialised laboratory, where a dental technician carefully hand-crafts a crown to fit your implant - and your smile - perfectly. At the second appointment, the crown is fitted and you can see the results you’ve been waiting for.