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Fast answers to common questions:

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Can I still get implants if I have no bone in the jaw? We can either make your mouth suitable with pre-implant procedures like bone grafts or opt for other non-conventional methods that place implants in points of the jaw where the bone is strong and healthy.

Will I need to undergo a pre-implant procedure? This depends on the type of implant treatment you opt for; for example, we offer advanced techniques like All-on-4, which dentists hail as the graftless solution to missing teeth.

Do procedures like bone grafts and sinus lifts? Our patients have reported little discomfort that’s easily managed with over-the-counter medications.

How much are these additional procedures? It all depends on the complexity of the work we need to complete; however, patients can expect preimplant systems like bone augmentations to cost £950 and sinus lifts to cost from £1,950 at our London implant clinic.

How soon can I have an implant? We advise a recommended healing time of three to six months before implantation in most cases.

Preparation is often needed before implantation

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Atraumatic extraction: An atraumatic extraction is advised when a tooth is beyond saving and is surgically extracted and replaced with a dental implant.

Socket preservation: Following tooth extraction, socket preservation involves the placement of a small bone graft into the socket to protect it.

Guided bone regeneration: Also known as bone grafts, this procedure is used to increase the width and height of the bone in the jaw where the implant is to be placed.

Maxillary sinus lift: Some patients might require a sinus lift for implants in the upper jaws. We will add bone to your upper jaw between the molars and premolars.

Is treatment necessary before implants?

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Dental implants are an advanced tooth replacement solution – their strength, durability, and stability are unmatched.

And for this exact reason, they need a solid foundation of adequate bone as a necessity for implantations to be successful.

Without sufficient bone, the vital osteointegration process at the implant site is not supported, which can increase the likelihood of your dental implant failing – and we certainly don’t want that to happen!

Preparing for an implant

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Pre-dental implant treatment instructions provided by Dr Gutierres:

  1. Make sure to stock up on plenty of soft foods and nutritional drinks – you will need to eat a soft diet for weeks after your surgery and more protracted if a bone graft is required.
  2. Make space in your schedule to take it easy the next day as there is some toothache.
  3. Get a good night’s rest the night before to ease any worries and ensure your body is well-rested, as this can kickstart the healing response.
  4. Eat a decent meal before the procedure to ensure adequate blood sugar levels.
  5. Inform the dentist of any medication you may be taking before your last visit with us.
  6. If you have opted for sedation, ensure you have a responsible adult ready to take you home. We recommend that you not drive or look after small children alone following surgery.

How to avoid pre-implant procedures completely

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Here at Maida Smiles, we offer several implant-based treatments where preimplant procedures are not applicable.

For example, methods like All on 4 allow patients with some bones to receive the implant-hybrid dentures.

But there are other procedures like implant-supported bridges, which are faster and render bone grafting unnecessary.

Other, highly advanced, and expensive treatments like Zygomatic Implants also exist, where the implant does not hook into the jawbone but instead pulls support from areas like the cheekbone.

Talk to us today to see how we can help you; 020 3984 9123. Maida Smile’s dental studio is based in West London.

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