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Dental implants information part 2 – Dental Implants Abroad

More and more people are considering dental implants to replace missing teeth and uncomfortable dentures, and why not? Implants are a fantastic treatment and if you have already read our last post, you will be aware of the many benefits to having them. Understandably cost is a concern and implants can be expensive depending on the type of treatment you are considering. We have previously broken down the whole process for you, so hopefully by now you have a better understanding of what can be involved and why they cost what they do. This time however, we are going to address the topic of Implants abroad. We will point out some things to consider and some questions to ask if the idea of having implants abroad is appealing to you.
There are many countries all over the world with brilliantly trained clinicians who place implants on a daily basis. Some of these countries offer implant treatment at an extremely low price making the idea of flying abroad to replace missing teeth incredibly appealing to many. Why would you spend thousands of pounds having dental work in the UK, when you can simply find a clinic abroad with good reviews, have the treatment AND have a holiday at the same time, all for less than the price here at home?
It is not our intention to judge the ability of these dentists or set a precedence that that are any less capable than dentists here in the UK, we are simply aiming to educate patients on the different stages involved during the implant journey and ensure that the right questions are being asked wherever you may choose to go. That being said here are a few points to consider if you do plan to go to another country for your treatment:

1. The Dental Practice
Does the practice that you are looking to visit have a good reputation? Do they have a clear history of carrying out the same or similar treatments? And perhaps most importantly, do they follow strict decontamination, sterilisation and ASEPSIS techniques? Here in the UK, we as dental professionals are held to a high standard of such techniques. We are instructed to follow strict guidelines set out in various documents to ensure patient safety. We each, from the dentist to the nurses, have to complete continual professional development and training in areas such as, decontamination. This helps to prevent cross contamination, infection and the transmission of blood borne viruses. Here at FPDIC we undergo regular in house inspections, we have a central sterilisation room where dental instruments are processed, using the correct equipment, we have dedicated members of staff who ensure that all procedures are followed thoroughly, we are often subject to clinical spot checks and we undergo training in these areas regularly.

2. Your Trip
The next thing to consider is your trip to the country you have decided to have your treatment carried out in. Are you flying out there to meet with the dental team for the first time? Do you know if you are a candidate for the treatment or will you be having your consultation whilst you are out there? Do you require a CT scan, if so will you need to travel for that or is it at the practice, is it included in the final fee or is it an additional cost? And ultimately what is the time frame for the treatment you are opting for, from start to finish? How long is the diagnostic stage? Here at FPDIC we take allow around 3 weeks for this important step, for reasons explained in our last post. We also explained that the implant journey is an in depth, through process. We take great care in choosing the right materials and technicians. We also we provide regular review appointments throughout to ensure that things are on track, how will your dentist abroad check the progress of your healing? Will you have to frequently fly out to see him/her or are you completing the treatment from start to finish within the widow of your trip?

3. Your Treatment
That brings us to perhaps one of the most import considerations, the final result of your treatment. This is where it all gets a bit technical but we believe that patients need to understand this step to appreciate the complexity of this type of treatment. There are many factors that can affect the process and that is why here at FPDIC the clinicians will never fit your final prosthesis, whether that is a tooth, bridge or denture on the day of the implant placement. You see your body needs time and time is something that many people who travel abroad may not have. Anybody who has lost a tooth or teeth and has suffered the knock to their confidence in the months afterwards, would likely agree that if they could replace those teeth in a day they would do so, just to feel like their old selves again. But, as the old adage goes, good things come to those who wait and implants are no exception. During the process of implant treatment there is a stage where the bone is healing, this has to occur regardless of if a bone graft was required and your body also has to get used to the new foreign object. During this time we provide patients (if the circumstance requires) with a temporary prosthesis. The type of prosthesis depends on the bone stability achieved during the implant placement. The dentists here at FPDIC will do everything they can to ensure the health of the implant and it’s future healing. We inform all of our patients during the diagnostic stage to expect to have a temporary bridge or denture for at least 3 months to allow the body time to accept the implant and heal adequately (this is known amongst dentists as achieving complete stability). Only once complete stability has been achieved, will the final prosthesis be made and fitted into place.
There are various problems with having a final prosthesis fitted on the day of the implant placement, such as;
• Implant failure – the area simply has been overloaded too soon and the body may reject the implants, resulting in a loose implant that may even fall out altogether. This can also cause bone loss in that area which, if you were to attempt implants again may result in a higher fee for additional bone grafting. Not to mention possible pain and discomfort from the failing implant and loose prosthesis.
• Inadequate appearance and fit – As the mouth heals, the bone and gum in that area may start to shrink back, this often leaves an unpleasant gap at the top and in cases where dentures have been fitted they can become loose and unwearable.
After chatting to one of our clinicians here at FPDIC I have learnt that there is currently only one type of implant in the world that can be loaded fairly soon. That is the Straumann SLActive. This implant even has to be allowed 3 weeks at the very minimum after placement before having a permanent prosthesis fitted and our dentist here wouldn’t personally do it before at least 8 weeks had passed.
We often refer to this as an “Implant Journey” because that is what we feel best describes the decision to have implant treatment carried out. It is a journey that will take time and will require patience and perseverance therefore, to make the experience as comfortable as possible for you and to ensure the least amount of stress and worry, ask as many questions as possible. If you are keen to go abroad consider the time frame of the ENTIRE treatment, do your research to ensure the environment is safe. Take steps to ensure there are no hidden fees and don’t forget to calculate the additional flights and boarding fees for repeat trips should they be needed. Finally always ask what systems are being used so that if anything ever does go wrong, you have the right information to provide to the dental professionals back home.

If you would like more information about implant here at FPDIC or would like to arrange an appointment please call the practice on 01562 822653 or alternatively email us at reception@foleyparkdental.co.uk

Dental Implants information guide part 1

DENTAL IMPLANTS, THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LEADING TREATMENT FOR REPLACING MISSING TEETH

In this post we are going to attempt to answer many of the questions that we are frequently asked, we are going to address some of the misconceptions surrounding this treatment and answer some questions such as; why are implants so expensive? Why do they take so long? I can’t have them can I, I’ve been told I have bone loss? Some of the answers may be surprising, so we are going to break implants down for you from cost to treatment time.

So you have found yourself in an unhappy situation, maybe you have lost a tooth and you feel it is noticeable when you smile thus, knocking your confidence, do you find yourself covering your mouth when you smile or laugh?
Or perhaps you have been wearing a denture for a while now and you are fed up of not being able to eat your favourite foods comfortably, it may even have an effect on the taste of your food. Or are you one of the many people walking around with a gap because you didn’t get on with that denture and implants are too expensive to even consider.

Before we go any further, it is important to understand that implant treatment isn’t for everyone, the cost, process and time frame is absolutely something to be considered, however, it goes without saying, that implants are a fantastic way to replace missing teeth. Here are a couple of reasons why;
• You can treat them like your own teeth – do you want to bite into an apple again? No problem. Implants allow you to live as if your tooth was never missing.
• No more sticky paste to help your denture stay in place – you needn’t worry about your dentures moving around when you eat and speak, with implant retained dentures, the implants do all the work.
• No more plastic covering the roof of your mouth or your tongue popping out your bottom set of teeth – Dentures placed on top of implants do not need the suction from the plastic that conventional dentures do, this can help people taste their food properly again! And as an extra plus your pesky tongue can’t knock them out of place either!

I’ve been told that I have bone loss so implants aren’t possible, are they?

In years gone by bone loss may have resulted in implants no longer being an option, but dentistry is always changing and with the technological advancements and modern materials in today’s world, even sufficient bone loss isn’t the deal breaker it once was. In some cases a bone graft is required in areas where the bone is deficient.

But what is a bone graft?

Bone grafting is the process of increasing the amount in the deficient area, by adding either your own, synthetic or animal derived bone. This process varies depending on the individual, as does the material used.
In many cases a small amount of bone grafting will often take place on the day that the implant is placed, in others, it may be a separate step along the patient’s implant journey.

Is it (bone grafting) painful?

This is a difficult question to answer, mostly because everyone’s pain threshold is different, however the discomfort from the procedure is no more severe than having a tooth taken out. If you require extensive bone grafting it is realistic to expect some discomfort from that area for a week or so after the procedure has taken place.
There are also ways to place implants in areas with insufficient bone such as;
• The expansion of existing bone
• Shorter implants could be placed
• In some cases narrow implants may even be used

How long will it take for me to have my new teeth?

The implant process takes between 4-12 months, depending on the individual and of course the treatment plan. The dentist would be able to give you a clear idea of a time frame at the comprehensive examination, should you decide to move forward. On an exciting note there are systems available that could result in a missing tooth being replaced in just 3 short months!

This all sounds great so far, but how much do implants cost? They are really expensive aren’t they?

We understand that cost is a concern for most if not all people, and yes implants can be on the higher end of the treatment cost scale. Here at FPDIC this treatment starts at around £2400 for a single tooth implant and an implant retained denture starts from around £7500.
We also offer many types of payment plans from 12 months 0% APR all the way to 10 years at 9.9% APR

So tell me, why are implants so expensive?

The overall cost of implant treatment doesn’t only include the cost of the implant tooth/teeth; there are many factors to consider in ensuring that we provide our patients with the best treatment possible, factors such as;
• The length of time taken and the number of appointments required during the diagnostic stage – to ensure that our patients are happy moving forward, know exactly what treatment is most suitable for them and to ensure the best possible final result, the diagnostic stage is an important process of the implant journey. We do not rush this because it is a top priority for us, we want to know that you are happy before going any further.
• The implant components used – Here at FPDIC we only opt for the best companies, who use evidence based parts and have a proven track record. The companies we favour are top brands within their area and have a rich history of providing excellent products.
• The lab technician – this is as important as the placement of the implant itself. We only use high quality technicians with extensive knowledge and training in implant prosthesis. This is because the final result will be down to the lab, as they will be the ones who make your tooth, denture or bridge.
• Clinician and staff training – As previously mentioned, dentistry is always changing and with new advancements and materials, training is required. The implant clinicians here at FPDIC have undergone rigorous training and are continually developing their skills and knowledge, as are the rest of the clinical team. Dental nurses are well rehearsed in decontamination systems and ASEPSIS. This ensures that the highest possible standard of clinical excellence is achieved and decontamination risks are very low. Single use items are used throughout the procedures and our whole dental team is highly trained to ensure that your overall experience is a pleasant, relaxing one.
• Before, during and after care – We are dedicated to patients and are here to help and support you during every step. One way we do this is by providing the appropriate warranties for one year after the treatment has been carried out. So what does that mean for you? It means we will not charge you for review appointments, if something doesn’t go quite to plan despite out absolute best efforts we will support you through that.

Ok, I’m interested, what’s the next step?

So, you have read the above information and you’re keen to know more. The next step is a complementary, free of charge appointment with me our treatment coordinator. I will introduce you to our practice and get a good, clear idea of what is bothering you and what you would like to change. Together we can discuss treatment options over a coffee to form a rough idea of what costs may be involved and go through the various payment plans too, hopefully helping you towards a path where you can smile and eat confidently again.

If you would like to arrange an appointment please call the practice on 01562 822653 or alternatively email us at reception@foleyparkdental.co.uk

New Year, new Dentist

“I’m terrified of the dentist” This is the number one thing we hear from new patients who come to us, bad experiences, anxiety and negative thinking all contribute to people putting off registering and attending routine dental examinations,
So we wanted to break down that first appointment for you, because knowledge is power and understanding the process may ease some of those nerves…….

Medical History

The first thing that our team will ask you is how your health is. It is very important that we gather as much information as possible in regards to your health so we will give you a questionnaire to fill out once you have signed in with one of our friendly receptionists. After you have filled out that questionnaire we will then give you two other forms to fill out, one will ask you questions about how you feel about coming to the dentist and the other will ask you how you feel about your teeth and smile.
Meet the dentist and nurse

The next step is to introduce you to the dentist and their nurse. After completing the forms in the reception area, you will be shown into our lovely waiting room complete with magazines and a television to keep you entertained whilst you wait. You will then be greeted and taken to one of our clinical rooms where you will meet your dentist and nurse. You’ll have the opportunity to chat to them about any concerns you may have and what you are hoping to achieve.

Examination

After chatting to your dentist they will then lay the chair back (if of course you are comfortable with this) and carry out their examination.
This examination includes checking the following areas; lymph nodes, soft tissues in and around the mouth, gum health and the heath of your teeth.
It is a misconception that routine examinations are purely to check up on the heath of your teeth, there are so many other areas of your mouth to consider.
Exams are painless and are really an opportunity for you to put your mind at ease whilst the dentist gathers important information about your health.

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Now that the examination is complete, your dentist will give you the results and findings, although hard to believe, this can often be a reassuring moment for patients.
If any treatment is required the dentist will thoroughly discuss options with you and quite often, you get a say on how and what treatment you have done.
All of our team members are fantastic at supporting nervous patients and that includes our dentists too!
So what is stopping you?

Call up to arrange your New Patient Examination today and take your first step towards a new you this year.

All the best,
The Foley Park Team

Data Protection Policy

FPDIC
Data Protection Policy

This practice complies with the 1998 Data Protection Act and this policy describes our procedures for ensuring that personal information about patients is processed fairly and lawfully.

What personal data do we hold?

To provide you with a high standard of dental care and attention, we need to hold personal information about you. This personal data includes:
• Your past and current medical and dental condition; personal details such as your age, national insurance number/NHS number, address, telephone number and your general medical practitioner
• Radiographs, clinical photographs and study models
• Information about the treatment that we have provided or propose to provide and its cost
• Notes of conversations/incidents about your care, for which a record needs to be kept
• Records of consent to treatment
• Correspondences relating to you with other health care professionals, for example in the hospital or community services.

Why do we hold information about you?

We need to keep comprehensive and accurate personal data about our patients in order to provide them with safe and appropriate dental care. We also need to process personal data about you in order to provide care under NHS arrangements and to ensure the proper management and administration of the NHS.

How we process the data

We will process personal data that we hold about you in the following way:

Retaining information

We will retain your dental records while you are a practice patient and after you cease to be a patient, for at least 11 years or for children until age 25, whichever is the longer.

Security of information

Personal data about you is held in the practice’s computer system and/or in a manual filing system. The information is not accessible to the public; only authorised members of staff have access to it. Our computer system has secure audit trails and we back up information routinely.

Disclosure of information

To provide proper and safe dental care, we may need to disclose personal information about you to:
• Your general medical practitioner
• The hospital or community dental services
• Other health professionals caring for you
• NHS payment authorities
• The Inland Revenue
• The Benefits Agency, where you are claiming exemption or remission from NHS charges
• Private dental schemes of which you are a member.

Disclosure will take place on a ‘need-to-know’ basis, so that only those individuals/organisations who need to know in order to provide care to you and for the proper administration of Government (whose personnel are covered by strict confidentiality rules) will be given the information. Only that information that the recipient needs to know will be disclosed.

In very limited circumstances or when required by law or a court order, personal data may have to be disclosed to a third party not connected with your health care. In all other situations, disclosure that is not covered by this Code of Practice will only occur when we have your specific consent.

Where possible you will be informed of these requests for disclosure.

Access

You have the right of access to the data that we hold about you and to receive a copy. Access may be obtained by making a request in writing and the payment of a fee for access of up to £10. We will provide a copy of the record within 40 days of receipt of the request and fee (where payable) and an explanation of your record should you require it.

If you do not agree

If you do not wish personal data that we hold about you to be disclosed or used in the way that is described in this Code of Practice, please discuss the matter with your dentist. You have the right to object, but this may affect our ability to provide you with dental care.

Child Tooth Decay

Developing your child’s understanding of the importance of looking after their teeth is imperative for the future health of their mouth. Establishing a good relationship with the dentist in the early years, enforcing good eating habits and cleaning routines can all contribute to ensuring your child has a happy, healthy, smile filled future.

 

We all know however, that getting your little ones to brush their teeth can be difficult, so in this post we will provide you with useful dietary information to reduce your child’s sugar intake and useful tips and tricks to engage your little one to make tooth brushing a little more fun for both of you.

 

Sweets and other yummy treats.

Every child at some point will want to eat sweets (so will most adults too, did someone say lemon sherbet?) so it is therefore unrealistic to deny children the odd sweet treat every now and again so here are a few tips to think of when treating your little sweetie;

  • Steer clear of sticky sweets that will stick in the fissures of the teeth
  • Do not allow your child to snack repeatedly, it is much better to give them one bag of sweets straight after a meal. T
  • he more your child snacks on sugary foods they have more sugar hits through the day (we recommend ideally no more then 4 sugar hits per day – and don’t forget that includes hidden sugars too, think baked beans.)
  • Dried fruits such as raisins are very high in sugar, they are also sticky and should be seen as an occasional treat. Like sweets they should not be given as a snack through out the day.
  • Fizzy drinks are not advisable and fruit juices should be kept to a minimum. They are also best given at meal times.
  • Always wait at least 20 minutes after eating or drinking anything (other than water) to brush your child’s teeth – this is the amount of time it takes the Ph levels in the saliva to return to a normal non-acidic level.

 

We all know that the best kinds of teats and snacks are raw vegetables and fruits, however they can seem a little boring to children, so here are a few cleaver ideas off the internet to make healthy snacks a bit more appealing…

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Engaging your child and making oral heath care fun!

Tasty Toothpaste

Choosing the right toothpaste flavour is important for kids. Some find certain flavours too strong, and some don’t like the taste of mint. Try out different flavours until you find one that your child likes, check that the fluoride ppm levels are 1,350 or above, only use a smear of toothpaste for a child under 3 years old and a pea sized amount for 3+years, be sure that your child doesn’t eat or swallow the toothpaste and never ask them to rinse with water afterwards as that washes away all that good fluoride!

Choose a fun Toothbrush

Make buying a new toothbrush a treat – make it fun, children love things that are brightly coloured or have their favorite characters on them there are even toothbrushes that flash!

Timing, timing and more timing

Two minuets feels like a very long time and all too often we rush brushing our teeth. Discourage this bad habit early on by making this twice daily 2-minute “chore” as fun as possible. Why not dance around to a song or use an app such a brush DJ or the Aquafresh Brush Time!

Stickers for Sparkling Smiles

Children love receiving a sticker at the dentist so try incorporating this reward system at home by using a calendar and stickers to offer positive reinforcement for excellent brushing.

 

It starts with you

6Children look up to their parents, they want to be like you and by watching you spending time on your dental routine, allowing them to see you brushing your teeth from a young age and even spending time brushing together will install a positive attitude from very early on.

Dental Implant case

We are delighted to welcome Dr. William Yu to Foley Park Dental Practice.

Will brings skill and expertise to allow us to provide routine dental implant treatment, helping our patients have missing or unrestorable teeth replaced in the most natural way.

http://www.foleyparkdental.co.uk/dental-implants-kidderminster-worcestershire.html

 

Here is one of Will’s cases.

This 58 year old gentleman saw Will, complaining of how unhappy he was with his missing front tooth. He currently had this replaced with a denture, which he found uncomfortable and embarrassing. Especially, as it kept breaking.

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After a comprehensive examination, and direct measurement of the bone, a treatment plan was formulated which would involve placement of a bone graft, as well as placement of the implant.

An implant, made by ‘Sweden and Martina’, along with the bone graft, was placed and left to mature for 3 months. Once the implant had fused to the bone, a crown was connected to the implant.

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This picture was taken immediately after placement of the new crown. The patient was thrilled, and the gum will continue to settle around the new crown over the coming months.

 

If you would like to talk about replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, contact the surgery on 01562 822653, to arrange your free consultation.

Root Canal Treatment

Recently, we have started to perform a lot more root canal treatments at our practice. So I thought this would be a good topic for our blog.

When people hear the term “root canal” feelings of pain and fear tend to shudder down your spine almost instantly. But it really doesn’t have to be that way.

First of all, let’decays talk about why a tooth would require a root canal treatment

When the blood or nerve supply of a tooth (the pulp) becomes injured, through trauma, tooth decay, fracture, large fillings due to large cavities in the past, then the pulp begins to die off.

 

 

The pulp can die off painfully or silently.

tooth pain cartoonIt is when it dies off painfully, that people have the dreaded raging toothache, and can’t tell from where the pain is coming!

 

 

Whether the pulp dies painfully or silently, it will ultimately result in a “dead space” in the tooth, where there is no blood or nerve supply. As such, your body’s immune system cannot reach this and it becomes a feeding ground for the normal bacteria living in your mouth.

Long-term this can result in the tooth becoming infected, causing pain as the bacteria slowly leaches out of the tooth and eventually a dental abscess, where your face becomes swollen.

 

So what do we do?

-          First the decay in the tooth needs to be removed. If the tooth is so heavily decayed that there is little tooth left afterwards to retain even a filling, then unfortunately the tooth would be best removed.

-          The pulp space is then accessed and the canals of the tooth which the pulp of the tooth resided would be located.

-          We then use fine instruments called files to open and clean the space so that we can use solutions to disinfect the space.

-          Once we are happy that the inner parts of the tooth are cleaned and disinfected, the space is dried and then filled with an inert material. This is usually a material called gutta percha.

-          A filling is then placed over the top.

-          Teeth that have had a root canal treatment tend to be more brittle and therefore weaker, so your dentist would likely recommend a crown to protect and strengthen the remaining tooth structure.

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Does it hurt?

With good local anaesthetic technique, the treatment should b e painless. However, when the tooth is already at its most painful, then sometimes it can be difficult to completely numb the tooth. We refer to this as the “hot pulp”.

There are ways to manage this also, and it is usually this part of the treatment that patients attribute “the pain of root canal treatment” to.

I’m really nervous. Can I be put to sleep?

We don’t put patients to sleep for routine dental treatment. We are, however, able to offer dental sedation which relaxes you, calms you down, and can make treatment a lot easier and more comfortable.

How long will treatment last?

The picture below is a reconstructed 3D image of a typical root canal system in a molar tooth.

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You can appreciate the complexity of the internal anatomy of your tooth. This is why root canal treatment is one of the most difficult and time-consuming treatments in dentistry.

 

We cannot guarantee that every single aspect of that internal space is thoroughly cleaned and filled, as such, the treatment can at some stage in the future fail, which would require either the root canal treatment to be re-done or the tooth removed.

Please speak to your dentist about chances of success.

Sometimes, the treatment can be so complicated, we would advise the opinion of a specialist, or a dentist who solely works in root canal treatments.

 

What are the alternatives?

The alternatives to treatment would either be to either

-          Leave the tooth and no treatment. This is not recommended, as said earlier, this would allow infection to develop, resulting in a dental abscess.

-          Extraction and replace. But you have then lost your natural tooth

 

 

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the practice on 01562 822653

Smoking causes more than the characteristic “Smoker’s breath”

Patients of our practice are probably familiar with our medical history form, which asks if you smoke and how many a day. Smokers-breath-1-300x200

You’ve probably also been asked about your smoking habits by our hygienist, encouraging you to quit.

We know quitting smoking isn’t easy, but here’s a couple reasons why you should make the effort.

Gum Disease

Smoking not only causes bad breath, but increases your risk of tooth loss by reducing your body’s ability to respond to infection in the mouth.

Because your body can’t help fight off the bacteria that cause gum disease, you may find that teeth are more likely to become loose, move and eventually fall out!

Cancer

Smoking significantly raises your risk of developing oral cancer, which includes cancer of the mouth, throat, salivary glands, tongue or lip.

In the early stages, oral and throat cancers can have symptoms similar to a toothache or they are painless. Many cases of oral cancer are seriously advanced by the time they are detected, which can make life-saving treatment difficult. That’s why, as part of your regular dental health check appointments, your dentist performs an oral cancer screening, which includes assessment of your lymph nodes down your neck, as well as the ling of your mouth. If oral cancer is identified early, it is almost always treatable.