Dental implants are usually placed under local anaesthesia. Although not normally necessary, sedation is sometimes used if it is a long procedure or if you are feeling anxious.
The gum where the implant is to be placed is cut and lifted. A small hole is then drilled inro the jaw-bone at the exact location where the intended implant is to be placed. The titanium implant is then tightly and securely fitted into this hole and the gum is stitched back over the implant.