Dental Implants – A Patient’s Guide to Making Better Informed Decisions about Their Oral Health
There are three things in life that we as humans tend to protect more than anything else in the world and these are family, money, and health. When it comes to the first two we often go to great lengths to make sure that they stay protected. However when it comes to our health, we often blindly accept recommendations or treatments from doctors and dentists whether it’s their area of expertise or not.
In the 21st century we tend to live in a specialised world and as a result most areas of health now have specialist personnel who are trained to recognise problems and help. One such area of oral health is dental implants in Richmond. Here at Sheen Dental we have highly trained personnel who have been successfully fitting dental implants for many years.
Here’s the problem for potential patients
Over the past few years there has been a trend for implant companies to sponsor ‘quick-fire courses’ aimed at the general dentist. The reason for this is money. By getting general dentists to perform dental implants the idea is that they’ll use their products. As the general dentist makes up over 90% of the dentistry profession, that’s 90% of potential sales they may be missing out on. In addition, the poor economy has also meant that those dentists, who would have previously referred treatments like dental implants to experts in their field, may now elect to perform such procedures themselves. In some cases the results are alarming with poorly positioned implants, increased infections and increased bone loss.
So what should you as a potential patent do if you’re planning to get dental implants? Here’s some advice.
Ask the clinic what they specialise in and to what extent their training leads to. If they state that they have had formal dental implant surgery training on accredited programs then you know you may well be in good hands. Also ask them how many dental implant procedures they’ve overseen. A skilled practitioner will carry out this procedure on a daily basis and as such has probably placed hundreds if not thousands of implants. If they give these type of figures as answers then you know that you’re being treated by someone who knows what they’re doing. Finally ask for patient referrals. Patient testimonials are very valuable and can say a lot about the treatment you may receive, so it’s well worth getting their opinion.
Dentists in general have a responsibility to provide the finest care that they can, but it’s also the responsibility of the patient to make informed decisions about their oral health. Here at Sheen Dental we offer a free consultation whereby potential patients can visit the clinic, meet the team and ask any questions they like about dental implants in Richmond. So if you need further information before you take the plunge then book yours today. Call us on 020 8876 5277 or visit the website at www.sheendental.co.uk