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Maida Smiles (W. London)

Tel: 020 3974 1777

Dental Implant FAQs

We understand that getting dental implants is a big deal!

That’s why we’ve sat down with our top implant dentist and clinic founder, Dr Pedro Gutierres, to answer your burning questions accurately.

A leading visionary in dental care.

If we have missed out any questions you might have, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Because if there’s one thing we want, it’s that you feel comfortable, confident and 100% sure about the dental implant procedure.

Your Implant Questions Answered

The cost of implants can vary from dentist to dentist. A final price is often quoted after a final consultation, and any required pre-implant procedures are identified.

However, to give you a rough indication, here at Maida Smiles, we charge £2,500 per implant, which includes the crown, abutment (post), the implant and our time.

The screw of the implant will last forever and will not need to be replaced throughout your lifetime. The crown, however, can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years, depending on how you care for it and any general wear and tear (as you would see with your existing tooth, but the crown will be much stronger).

When opting for porcelain crowns, you are opting for the longer-lasting crowns, which are more resilient. However, this does come at a cost.

Not everyone will be suitable for the implant treatment, the most common reason being inadequate bone in the jaw. However, this can be easily rectified with procedures like sinus lifts and bone grafts.

On top of bone loss, smoking can also prevent you from having implants, as it can increase the likelihood of your implant failing.

Not at all. Following a healthy healing period after surgery, you should forget that you even have an implant in your mouth at all.

Dental implants are designed to be inconspicuous and act exactly like natural teeth.

If healthy jawbone is present, we can place an implant on the same day as a tooth extraction.

However, please note that there may be some situations where our dentists will recommend that you wait three to six months to allow the tooth extraction site to heal properly before placing an implant.

Discomfort from a tooth implant feels somewhat similar to having a tooth pulled.

The pain usually subsides within 3-5 days, and by the end of your first week post-surgery, you will be on your way to no discomfort at all.

As dentists, we would certainly agree that dental implants are worth it.

In our professional opinion, they are the closest replacement to natural teeth you will receive in this lifetime.
While they may come at a cost, they are worth every expense when keeping your facial and oral infrastructure intact.

Implants provide a reliable foundation for permanent teeth and removable hybrid dentures.

Typically, some insurance policies do not cover the cost of dental implants, however, it might be worth looking into cosmetic dental procedure coverage, which can cover a portion of the cost.

While dentures are undoubtedly the cheapest option, they are not the most aesthetically pleasing or comfortable.

Often, they are the most affordable because they take the least time to create without needing to involve experts.

But if you’re looking to make your treatment more affordable, we can combine implants with dentures.

Never! Dental implants using crowns as a final restoration will be resilient from cavities, but may be susceptible to chips and breaks.

Tooth implants do not require any special maintenance – the only care they need is the same care you would give to your regular teeth; brushing, flossing and visiting the dental hygienist.  

Dental implants will allow you to eat what you want and speak freely once more. They do not require special care – they will act just like normal teeth but tougher.

But with that being said, you can chip your crowns, so don’t do anything you wouldn’t normally do. 

The healing period (osseointegration) often takes up to three months – as this is the optimal amount of time for the bone to fuse to the implant. However, this can be longer for some patients.

“I was very nervous about having a dental implant but was immediately put at ease by Dr Pedro Gutierres. The procedure was explained in full and the care both during and after treatment has been of the highest standard. I highly recommend….” Read full review.

Dawn Briggs 06/25/2019

“I can’t give Pedro enough praise whilst treating me on my implants. He was highly professional and reassuring in all the procedures I had with him which led to me being at ease at all times. I fully recommend his work…” Read review.

Paul Norwood 02/11/2021

Before & After Dental Implants

Clinical cases resolved by the incredible implant surgeon Dr Pedro Gutierres

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Christina J
Christina J
23. March, 2023.
I've been receiving orthodontic treatment for about a year now with Dr. Ines and she's a wonderful mixture of highly skilled and professional, very thorough, and gentle in her approach. She is also super personable and I always look forward to my monthly appointments with her. She's made such a big improvement to my teeth and I'm very happy with my treatment so far -- I highly recommend Dr. Ines. I've also had other treatments with Maida Smiles and always had a great experience, especially with my wisdom teeth removal (by Dr. Pedro) that went very smoothly without any issues. The team's treatment coordinator/dentist nurse Cinthia is also always super kind and helpful if you have any questions or want to understand treatments.
Angelica Sacrepaye
Angelica Sacrepaye
15. March, 2023.
I had the lovely Dr Shankar for a 4 month Invisalign treatment. I mainly had overcrowding that needed sorting out after having had braces as a teenager and not wearing my retainer. Dr Shankar was delightful and has a lovely energy about him that made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. He explained processes well and also gave good advice to help me make informed decisions. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone in the Maida Vale area!
George Batchkala
George Batchkala
14. March, 2023.
I had 2 wisdom teeth (on the same side) removed by Dr Pedro. I had a much better experience than I expected. One month later, I have completely recovered without any complications. Absolutely recommend!
André Tiago
André Tiago
3. March, 2023.
I was recommended to start my treatment at the clinic and I couldn't be more pleased. It has been 6 months since I put my braces on and I am being followed by Dr. Ines and Dr. Cíntia. I can already see great changes and can't wait for the final result. Excellent professionals. The whole environment is very calm which makes you comfortable. 100% recommend Maida Smiles Clinic.
Claudia Castellani
Claudia Castellani
3. March, 2023.
Following a friend’s recommendation, I brought my eldest daughter to Dr Ines do Carmo for orthodontic treatment. Ines has been brilliant throughout the treatment; she is incredibly passionate about her work and this is reflected in her skilled perfectionism and the amazing results she achieves for her patients. From the start, Ines’ warm and friendly manner succeeded in putting my apprehensive daughter at ease. She was also forthcoming and thorough in her explanations of the treatment, and happy to share her extensive knowledge. My daughter now has an even lovelier smile thanks to Ines. I highly recommend her and will be bringing my younger children to her for their orthodontic treatment.
Carla Parreira
Carla Parreira
3. March, 2023.
It was my first time in the clinic and I had a great experience. The staff is very friendly. Samantha was very helpful with booking the appointment and fast replied to my messages. I had an appointment with Dr. Ines do Carmo. She is lovely. She explained all the treatment and the best option for my case. Cintia was helping Dr. Ines with the appointment. Cintia is very friendly. Dr. Ines and Cintia took care of me and made me feel welcome during the consultation. I will continue my treatment in the clinic. I recommend the clinic and especially Dr. Ines do Carmo.
Maria Moreira
Maria Moreira
2. March, 2023.
It is my good fortune to have found Dra inês at Maida Smiles Clinic and to have her as my orthodontist. My complex orthodontic treatment, as an adult, defies all laws of physics, but Dra Inês has the most amazing professional expertise and compassion to help and change lives, and she is helping me massively. In each consultation, Dra Inês moves one-step forward to improve my bite, my oral health in general and my smile! I will be forever grateful to Dra Inês for her outstanding care, professionalism and support she provides in each visit, in such a caring and friendly way. I warmly recommend Dra Inês and Maida Smiles Clinic to anyone who os considering orthodontics.
Adrian de Haro
Adrian de Haro
1. March, 2023.
We were on a short trip to London and my wife's implant got loose. We called Maida Smiles and they immediately saw her. They kindly sorted the issue out and my wife was extremely satisfied with the kind, friendly and professional service. Thanks Dr Pedro.
Igor Zinatulin
Igor Zinatulin
26. February, 2023.
I can’t thank enough Dr Pedro Gutierres and Maida Smiles’ team for guiding me through a multiple teeth extraction operation I had at the clinic recently. I’m a very anxious patient and everyone at Maida Smiles went above and beyond to accommodate my questions, asks and concerns. The operation itself was painless and positively uneventful, healing was quick and after-care second to none. Never thought I’d say this to myself but I’m looking forward to my next dentist appointment at Maida Smiles.