Maida Smiles (W. London)

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Sinus Lifts

Do you really need one?

If you have missing teeth and are interested in dental implants, you might have been told by one dentist that you need a sinus lift. And in some situations, this is correct.

Second opinions matter

For some, it might seem unnecessary or an annoying additional cost, but it’s likely the dentist prescribed the procedure because you lack the amount of bone needed for your implant treatment to be a success.

However, here at Maida Smiles, we offer several implant graftless procedures, which can avoid the need for bone augmentations or sinus lifts.

Book a consultation with us below for advice on the correct implant system for you and if, in fact, you’ll need a pre-implant procedure at all.

“Pedro is thoroughly professional and talks through your treatment options step by step putting you at ease. Since I had my implants I have never looked back, it has changed my life! I can eat without discomfort and more importantly I can smile with confidence…” Read review.

Joboanna A 07/31/2019

“I was referred to Dr. Pedro Gutierres for a consultation following the loss of a front tooth. Pedro was brilliant from the start and explained every option I had open to me; he also took time to run through the process after I had opted for an implant. A year on from the first I found myself in need a second implant…” Read review.

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What Patients Need To Know

There are some instances where we can position the implant while the sinus is being augmented.

When a sinus lift surgery is performed, it often increases the chance of your dental implants being successful (significantly). In cases with insufficient bone density, a sinus lift will usually be necessary to grow bone in the upper jaw to reduce the likelihood of implant failure.

In our experience, sinus lift surgery only causes minor discomfort, often alleviating within the first few days following surgery. Our patients have also confirmed this with minimal reporting on pain.

The most common side effects include swelling and bleeding, however, you should not expect this to last more than a few days. Over the course of a week, you’ll receive the go-ahead from the doctor to recommence your regular activities.

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But Are Sinus Lifts Really Necessary?

Insufficient bone in the jaw is a huge problem, and it’s commonly presented in most missing teeth cases.

When you ignore gaps in your mouth and decide to live with missing teeth, the jawbone around the site begins to deplete as nothing remains there for it to support. Bone can start to deplete in as little as six months.

So, when we want to replicate a missing tooth with a replacement like dental implants, we need that natural bone structure to secure the dental implant in place – because dental implants are artificial tooth roots.

Those who have a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw can avoid this scenario. However, for those who don’t, conventional dental implants will not be possible for those not undergoing pre-implant procedures to ensure their success.

But with the advancement of dental technology and implant methods, alternative implant-based treatments like Implant-Supported Bridges or hybrid dentures like All-on-4Implant-Retained Dentures, for example, will only require a sufficient amount of bone in particular areas.

Book a consultation to see which will be the best for you.

From single to full arch

For the last 17 years, Dr Gutierres has built a reputation as the full mouth rehabilitation dentist in London, with particular success and expertise in placing immediately-loaded dental implant treatments like All-on-4 (Teeth in a Day).

Situations Where We Prescribe Sinus Lifts

  • In instances of periodontal gum disease
  • When there is tooth loss in the upper jaw
  • Where reabsorption has taken place after tooth loss
  • Lack of bone in the jaw or around the implant site

Simply put, a sinus augmentation describes lifting the maxillary sinus to make room for a bone graft.

Your sinus naturally is an air-filled cavity located in the back of the upper jaw. When we perform this procedure, it’s to ensure enough bone is present for us to position your dental implant successfully.

As mentioned above, without the sufficient bone in your jaw, an implant will be not able to anchor securely. It will have an increased chance of implant failure, which is the last thing you want after spending considerable money on your treatment.

The Sinus Lift Procedure

Currently, there are various approaches for a sinus lift and which one will depend on the amount of bone you currently have. More than this, the type of sinus lift procedure we perform will also depend on the type of bone graft and your chosen implant system of choice.

However, here are the basics:

  • You will receive a local anaesthetic, which will ensure you remain comfortable during the procedure.
  • Next, our dental surgeon will make incisions into the gum tissue, which will expose the bone.
  • To make room for the bone grafting materials, we will cut a small area of the sinus cavity to raise the membrane.
  • Once we have placed the new bone into the site, we will use sutures to close the incision.
  • Following the procedure, we will advise you on how best to look after yourself in the next couple of days. Our tips will include using a saline spray, antimicrobial mouthwash and taking your prescribed course of antibiotics to prevent infection.
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.