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The Implant Procedure at our London dental practice

With dental implants, they will never slip, make noise or cause damage to the bone like alternative replacement treatments like fixed dental bridges or dentures can. 

A better life starts with a beautiful smile.

On top of this, the materials used won’t put any extra pressure on your teeth or cause decay as seen with bridgework.

Procedure guide

In short, the dental implant process is worth pursuing, if not just for its incredible life-long benefits. But if the surgical part of the process worries you or the length of the procedure makes you nervous, we’re here to put your mind at ease.

Our incredible founder and implant dentist is here to talk you through the dental implant procedure and is available to answer any questions you might have.

So, to learn what the implant procedure involves, Dr Pedro Gutierres, explains below.

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“I had had an implant carried out by Pedro – he is highly skilled an expert in his field and puts you at ease from the minute you walk through the door. His kind, easygoing manner leads to a great experience, if that can be said about a visit to the dentist. I would highly recommend Maida Smiles…” Read review.

Therese O’Connell 01/18/202

“Dr Pedro and his team provided a seamless experience for my implant treatment. Each step of the process was easy to navigate, from the extractions to getting temporary dentures… Read review. Roni Omikorede 12/21/2022

Before & After Dental Implants

Clinical cases resolved by the incredible implant surgeon Dr Pedro Gutierres

Smile wider with Dr Gutierres

Dr Gutierre’s vast experience, education and amazing credentials in implant dentistry have awarded him notoriety as an international lecturer on same-day smile reconstructions with dental implants and have made him a highly sought-after dentist in London.

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Why you should never ignore missing teeth
Explained by Dr Gutierres, our implant dentist at Maida Vale Smile clinic.

The Implant Process In Short

The implant surgery itself will not take long – depending on the number of implants and type of method used. It should take less than a day. For example, one implant can take one to two hours to place.

Recovery Timeline

However, the entire implant process often takes up to five months to complete the restoration, with three of these months dedicated to osseointegration (the healing period for the implant and the bone to fuse).

With dental implants, we always advise reading up as much as possible about them beforehand to further your understanding of the options involved.

Dental Implant Stages

The first step on your implant journey is undergoing an implant consultation and assessment with one of our implant dentists.

Each implant we place is unique because every patient’s mouth is fantastic, which means their journey often is too.

So, during your examination, we will take the time to discuss all of your available options to work out the best treatment plan suited to your specifications and budget.

During this time, if implants are something you want to progress with, we will take x-rays of your mouth to build a model of your existing teeth, as this will help us determine when the implants need to be positioned.

We might also recommend a CBCT scan, which will help our dentists understand how much bone you have.

In cases of insufficient bone, we need to perform a bone graft or a sinus lift to create enough space for the implants to sit securely.

The dentist, at this point, will also walk you through what will happen before surgery and what will happen once the procedure is complete. Dr Gutierres will also provide a breakdown of costs (and the chance to set up interest-free, monthly instalments).

After your clinical assessment to determine your implant suitability, we will be ready to schedule you for your implant placement, which will be performed at our practice.

The procedure is straightforward and performed under local anaesthetic, making it relatively pain-free.

However, if you are an anxious patient, we might be able to offer you sedation to put your mind at further ease.

The dentist will cut into the gum when your mouth is fully numb to drill a small home. The implant itself will then be inserted into the jawbone – and at this time, the gum is sealed with stitches.

With implant treatments like Smile in a Day, your new teeth can be restored the same day as the surgery. However, for conventional implant treatments, we need to allow for a healing period, and you will wear temporary teeth for the time being.

*Bear in mind that temporary teeth are called temporary teeth for a reason! They are nothing in comparison to what the final restoration will be like.

Stage three often involves fitting the permanent teeth. After three months, the implant should be fully healed and ready to hold your new teeth.

Dr Pedro Gutierres, at this stage, will place the abutment and crown, which will be custom-made to match the exact shape, size and colour of the teeth they’ll be replacing.

From here, you will have access to aftercare help and advice, although, with implants, no special care or maintenance will be required. If necessary, one of our dentists will advise on follow-up appointments to ensure the implants are secure and healthy.

Are There Any Risks?

Just like any surgery, the implant process poses some health risks. However, problems are infrequent, but when they occur, they’re often very minor and easily rectified.

Some of the risks include:

  • Infection around the site of the implant
  • Injury or damage to the surrounding structures
  • Nerve damage is indicated by pain, numbness or tingling in your teeth, gums, lips or chin
  • Sinus issues

Choosing an experienced, highly-rated, credible dentist is essential when considering dental implants because who you choose to carry out your procedure matters.

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.