What was your experience of the implant process?
The experience was very simple and totally painless, to my surprise. I had a couple of hour long consultations, a scan, then the actual operation took about two hours. I was anaesthetised, my face cleaned, and a small incision made in the gum. The hole was then drilled, which was done so carefully, the implant carefully positioned and screwed in and the incision was then stitched with a couple of perfect stitches – one can certainly tell Dr Cockrell is a doctor, too, as the stitches were immaculate.
I was amazed how I felt nothing – not even post-operatively – having my 3 children had been much more uncomfortable! I can honestly say that the worst bit was having my face disinfected before the surgery, as the cloth was cold. Following the implant, I had to be careful not to have hot or cold drinks or hard food and I was fastidious about keeping the area clean, including regular mouth washes and salt water rinses. I was thrilled it was so simple – there was a wait of a couple of months with a little metal bump in my mouth, but it was not noticeable, only if I opened my mouth and forced someone to look! Once the measurements were taken for the crown and it was fitted, I couldn’t have been happier. I also did not feel the need for an anaesthetic for the crown to be fitted, as there was so little discomfort.