Can dental implants be done in a day?9 October 2018 Categories: Dental implant Tooth extraction
By Dr. Tim Doswell
Dental Implant Surgeon
Can dental implants be done in a day? It may come as a surprise to know that, YES, in many single teeth cases, it is possible to fit a dental implant in a day. In fact we do this procedure – known as an “immediate implant” – on a regular basis here at The Raglan Suite. It means that a patient can come into the practice, have the failing tooth removed and the implant placed together with an aesthetic temporary crown, all in the same appointment. There’s no need to wear an uncomfortable temporary denture or an unreliable temporary bridge. One visit. All done in the same day! The patient can leave the clinic with a fixed, functioning, natural-looking tooth, which is always the ideal solution, especially for front teeth.
After 3 months, when the gum has healed, the temporary crown will need to be replaced with a permanent crown, but the patient can have this done quickly and easily, even without the need for any anaesthetic.
What are the benefits of having dental implants done in a day?
As well as a much shorter overall treatment time at 3 months rather than 6, the “immediate implant” technique delivers a much more comfortable recovery. Patients report very little post-operative discomfort, swelling or bruising. However, the biggest benefit of all is that the final aesthetic outcome is the very best that dental surgeons can deliver. There is virtually no shrinking of the gum using this technique, which is very important to get the best aesthetic result.
Can anyone have this procedure?
The technique is ideal for any patient who has a crown on a front tooth that keeps coming off or where a tooth has snapped off at gum level or if the tooth is compromised. It is always advisable to book a free consultation first so that we can accurately assess whether the patient is suitable for an immediate placement.
Can you place more than one dental implant in one day?
In more extreme cases, where all the teeth need to be removed, it is also perfectly possible to remove all the offending teeth, place 4 implants and attach a temporary fixed set of teeth (a “fixed bridge”) all in one visit. Again, the temporary teeth are replaced by the permanent teeth after 3 months healing but at least there is no temporary denture involved.
Our team of implant surgeons at The Raglan Suite have a wealth of experience on placing dental implants and run courses for other dental surgeons in the UK to teach them their advanced techniques. If you would like any further information about this revolutionary dental technique, please do not hesitate to contact me at The Raglan Suite to arrange your complimentary consultation.
How can you cope with dental anxiety?13 August 2018 Categories: Dental Anxiety Patient care
By Dr. Geoff Baggaley
BChD DGDP(U.K.) RCS Dip.Con.Sed(Newc)
If you’re very nervous of the dentist or dental treatment, you are not alone. It’s believed that over 60% of the adult population suffers from some level of anxiety about visiting the dentist. There are many people who feel a “little uneasy” about dental treatment, but they can usually cope. However, if you have an intense or persistent fear of the dentist, you may have dental anxiety or dental phobia and will need a sympathetic practice with additional support to get the treatment you need.
Implant Dentistry in a digital world25 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.
The Value of Good Service22 March 2018 Categories: Patient care
By Dr. Tim Doswell
Dental Surgeon and Practice Director
“I am obsessed by good service. I drive my wife and family mad when we eat out because if we haven’t had good service in a pub or restaurant, I won’t stay to have pudding! We leave after the main course. I admit that this is shooting myself in the foot as I love pudding, but there is a principle involved here…
The Changing Face of Dentistry22 February 2018 Categories: Dentistry
By Dr. Antony Bellaries
This time of year often provides a period of reflection and an optimistic look to the future. This year it is the 70th anniversary of the inception of the National Health Service, formed as part of Clement Attlee’s (then Labour Prime Minister) “cradle to grave” welfare state reform policy in the aftermath of the Second World War. The NHS was the first universal health care system established anywhere in the world. Amongst other services, it provided greater access to dental care, in an otherwise dentally neglected population.
In the mid half of the twentieth century, dental disease was rife. The vast majority of dental treatment provided was tooth extractions and the provision of dentures. So what’s changed? A huge amount! Below I’ve listed my top four significant changes to happen to dentistry over the last seventy years:
I’m missing a front tooth! What next?23 January 2018 Categories: Dental implant Uncategorized
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?
“Will my child need braces?”19 December 2017 Categories: Children's dentistry Orthodontics
By Specialist Orthodontist Dr. Megan Hatfield
We all watch our little ones carefully as they grow and that includes their dental development. Whether or not their child will need braces is one of the most common questions that parents put to dentists, partcularly if they have worn braces themselves as a child or currently need them. However, although parents may be looking for a simple yes or no answer, it’s not always so clear-cut!
As a Specialist Orthodontist, I monitor a child’s facial and dental growth, and detect problems with bones and the position of teeth at the ideal age to treat them. In some cases, problems are best treated early when there is a mixture of baby and adult teeth which can help simplify or avoid orthodontics later on. This might include a reverse bite (lower front teeth forward of the upper ones) or teeth not coming through in the right order. In other cases, it is best to wait until most or all of the adult teeth are through (from age 10-13) to help promote a successful treatment outcome.
Is it possible to enjoy your trip to the dentist?13 November 2017 Categories: Uncategorized
By 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!
Does having a tooth extraction hurt?10 October 2017 Categories: Dental Anxiety Tooth extraction
By Dr. Geoff Baggaley
One aspect of dental treatment patients are often anxious about is the possibility of a tooth extraction – when a tooth needs to be removed. The most common reasons that your dentist may feel it is in your best interest to have a tooth removed are:
- A tooth that has broken down and can’t be repaired
- Severe tooth decay
- An abscess
- Gum disease
- Crowded teeth – when extra space is needed prior to braces being fitted (orthodontic treatment)
- Impacted wisdom teeth – when growing wisdom teeth can’t break through the surface of the gum
FILLING A GAP WITH A SINGLE TOOTH DENTAL IMPLANT18 September 2017 Categories: Dental implant
By Dental Surgeon, Dr. Tim Doswell
The most common case we do at The Raglan Suite is fill a gap with a single tooth dental implant. There are a number of reasons why a tooth may need to be removed, such as extensive decay or infection, trauma, a root fracture, a failed post crown or failed root filling. As dentists, we always try to save natural teeth. However, if it is clear that the tooth can not be saved, a single tooth dental implant offers a long term, stable and predictable solution.