The government is planning to make the public more aware of the risks of rushing into dental implant surgery, according to an article on dentistry.co.uk. Discover our success.
With an increasing amount of people opting for the treatment – which involves a titanium screw being inserted into the jaw – there has also been a rise in online adverts for cheap same-day procedures, as well as patients travelling abroad to pay a lower price for the treatment.
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Dentistry minister Lord Howe warns that these reduced-price treatments do not provide essential ongoing clinical care and support, which can lead to problems later on such as infection, tissue damage, bone damage and operational failures.
As well as better information for patients – including advice about alternative options such as bridges or dentures – there will also be ‘clear and consistent’ guidelines drawn up for dentistry practices. See our advice.
The announcement comes after former dentist and Conservative peer Baroness Gardner of Parkes called for the government to raise awareness of the risks involved with this type of treatment. Find out the complications.
Having herself been unaware of the risk of peri-implantitis (an inflammatory disease caused by bacterial infection between the bone and the implant), she emphasised the fact that: “An implant is not a treatment you just have and forget”. Check out before care advice.
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Expert UK dentists will be able to monitor your implants after the treatment – or offer you an alternative – and advise you on the best way to care for them. You can meet with us to discuss your treatment in London & Hertfordshire. Contact us.