Dental Implants aren’t always the best option

We held one of our training evenings last week for dentists who refer their implant work to us (for which we are very grateful). We generally ask them what subject they would find useful and last week’s presentation was on endodontics which is the treatment of infected teeth by root canal work. Gareth Jones works in our surgery every Friday and his main interest is in root canal work. If a patients’ tooth can be saved in this way then this is generally the best option rather than extracting the tooth and replacing it with an implant.

(I am very grateful that Gareth is willing and able to do this work well as this is not my favourite branch of dentistry). Gareth gave a very informative talk on how to ensure more predictable results, sharing his experiences, explaining what works well and what are the best new products on the market.

It’s important to keep abreast of what new treatment modalities are available, as it enables me to give patients a full range of options when they consult me regarding the possibility of dental implant supported teeth.

We audit our work so that we can give patients (and the dentists who refer them to us) a good indication of how successful they can expect their treatment to be, and we compare these success rates with other treatment modalities. The more information we give you, the better positioned you are to make a proper decision on what treatment will be best for you.

As someone once said, ‘You can always be sure of death and taxes’, but we like to think that we can give you a degree of certainty about your dentistry as well.