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Implant Dentistry in a digital world

25 May 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

By Dr. Haytham Abbas

BDS (Ncle 2005), MFDS (RCS Emg 2008), Dip.Imp.Dent

Digital advancements in the last 18 years have drastically changed how we communicate, travel and even eat. The technology used in the provision of Implant Dentistry has not been left behind, allowing us as oral surgeons to offer even more predictable results for patients.

Implant dentistry has gone digital. This means that we collect data – such as clinical photographs of your teeth, x-rays and impressions – digitally. Furthermore, with the aid of computer programming and laboratory technicians, we can now put this data together to show you what the clinical outcome is likely to be before a tooth is even removed.

I’m missing a front tooth! What next?

23 January 2018 Categories: Dental implant Uncategorized
Dr. Tim Doswell

By Dr. Tim Doswell

In the aesthetically driven world that we live in, missing a front tooth would be devastating. Rightly or wrongly, we are often judged by the way we look. This is why missing a front tooth is embarrassing and socially awkward. Ask yourself the question – if you lost your front tooth, would you leave the house?

The traditional approach to replace a single missing tooth

So what happens if you lose a front tooth in an accident or a sports injury, or are told that it needs to be extracted?

Is it possible to enjoy your trip to the dentist?

13 November 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

Dr. Tim DoswellBy Dental Surgeon Dr. Tim Doswell

Lets face it, not many people look forward to visiting their dentist. A trip to the dentist usually conjures up images of pain, anxiety, needles, drills and someone trying to have a conversation with you while your mouth is wide open! As dentists, we hear patients saying “it’s not you, I just don’t like dentists!” But with today’s technology and sympathetic techniques, is it possible to actually enjoy stress-free dental treatment?

It is my belief that a lot of dental fear originates from trips to the old fashioned “school dentist” who struck fear into a whole generation of patients with primitive techniques and lack of a kind bedside manner. So I would like to attempt to allay fears about dentists and outline some of the techniques we use at The Raglan Suite to make the treatment journey as comfortable as possible – perhaps even enjoyable!

What is ‘Reconstructive Dentistry’?

28 March 2017 Categories: Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,

By Dr. Steve Byfield

BDS(lond) MFGDP RCS (UK) 

Reconstructive Dentistry is the term used for the treatment of patients who have experienced advanced dental disease.

Symptoms range from loose, missing or decayed teeth, increasing tooth spacing (especially in the front of the mouth), to very worn teeth and the inability to chew food properly. Reconstructive Dentistry is the treatment used to return the patient back to dental heath and restore tooth function and aesthetics.

Due to the complexity of reconstructive dentistry, it normally involves what is called a “multidisciplinary approach”. This means that a team of highly skilled clinicians, who work exclusively within their chosen field of practice, are brought together to provide treatment and ultimately the best clinical result for the patient.

Are Immediate Dentures a solution?

27 January 2017 Categories: Uncategorized Tagged with:

By Clinical Dental Technician, Chris Egan (RDT Dip Lds, CDT Dip Rcs Eng)

In order to answer this, let’s first explain what “immediate” dentures are. Immediate Dentures are those that are put in ‘immediately’ after having a tooth extraction. They can replace one tooth or a number of teeth. Immediate Dentures are constructed before the teeth have been removed and inserted immediately after the removal of the teeth.

If the prognosis is very poor for all your remaining teeth, as commonly happens with severe gum disease, an ‘immediate complete denture’ or dentures (top and bottom) may be made and fitted. An ‘immediate partial denture’ could also be made as a temporary solution during a course of treatment to allow the gums to heal.

What does “minimally invasive” aesthetic dentistry mean?

12 January 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

By Dr. Kim Taylor (BDS MSc (AES Dent)

To be able to smile with confidence is a joy that cannot be underestimated. As more aesthetic dentistry treatments become available and the ways in which this can be achieved become more accessible, increasing numbers of people are realising their dream and vision of the perfect smile.

But how is the way we approach this changing and what does minimally invasive aesthetic dentistry actually mean?

How long do dental implants last?

2 December 2016 Categories: Uncategorized

tim-editBy Dr. Tim Doswell (BChD Dip.Imp.Dent.RCS(Eng) (Adv.Cert))

Perhaps the most commonly asked question after “how much do implants cost?”, is “how long do implants last?” Fortunately, in the majority of cases, implants can last a lifetime.

There are hundreds of research papers spanning 5 decades that look at dental implant success rates and the commonly accepted success rate is at least 95%. With modern day implant technology and techniques, this figure is actually even higher.

Why should you visit a Dental Hygienist?

17 November 2016 Categories: Uncategorized

Wendy (18)By Dr. Wendy Cole (BDS MSc (Clin Perio)

You might be wondering why your dentist recommends seeing a dental hygienist. We all know that poor dental hygiene is the main contributing factor in tooth decay and gum disease. We also know that effective tooth brushing and cleaning between helps teeth and gums to stay healthy. So why the additional time and expense? What do they offer that my dentist can’t?

Despite all our brushing, flossing and mouth washing, harmful plaque can still build in up in hard to reach areas. Most of the time we can’t tell it’s there, we can’t feel it or see it, it’s the same colour as our teeth. It takes less than a week for ‘secret plaque’ to cause early gum disease or gingivitis. No matter how well we think we’re removing the ‘germs’, we tend to miss the same bits every time. Without ‘professional removal’, bacteria will build up and can mineralize, becoming tartar (we call it calculus). Given time this build up can cause more serious irreversible damage called periodontitis. Unfortunately, this often goes by unnoticed, but sometime we get little warning signs -bleeding gums and bad breath (halitosis), or big warning signs of drifting and wobbly teeth or our teeth may even fall out.

Are dental implants better than natural teeth?

6 October 2016 Categories: Uncategorized Tagged with: ,

By Dr. Antony Bellaries BDS MFDS RCS (Ed)

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Dental implants were first introduced to help people who had lost all of their natural teeth, but had great difficulty with dentures (false teeth) because they had lost too much jawbone for the dentures to rest on securely.

Implants SMLToday, most dental implants are used to replace either a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. This means that modern implants have to come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit the different teeth that they replace. Their surfaces have been improved to enhance the integration process and their success (or more appropriately “survival”) rates are in the region of 94% at five years. Dental implants are widely accepted as a more successful and conservative option to fixed bridgework – but are they better than natural teeth?

The cost of Dental Implants – why so much?

11 July 2016 Categories: Uncategorized

Tim (6)By Dental Implant Surgeon, Dr. Tim Doswell (BChD Dip.Imp.Dent.RCS(Eng) (Adv.Cert))

As The Raglan Suite is one of the biggest dental implant clinics in the north of England, by far the most commonly asked question we get asked is “How much are dental implants?” The answer is easily provided after a complimentary assessment, but naturally, the cost of treatment can be a concern and leads to the question, “why do dental implants cost so much?!”

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