Why do I need to attend a specialist practice for treatment?
- If you have been referred by your general dentist, it is often because he or she feels your case requires a certain level of expertise and experience beyond the realm of general dentistry.
- Your implant(s) may be required in ‘The Aesthetic Zone’ (front of the mouth). This often requires complicated or complex gum tissue generation procedures outside the remit of general dentistry.
- You may require sinus lifting or grafting. This requires special training to execute and is also outside the realm of general dentistry.
- Your case may be straight forward but you would like to avail of our experience and expertise as on a daily basis we deal with all forms of advanced treatment situations.
- You may wish to seek a consultation to investigate the latest treatment options and techniques available for your particular oral situation.
- You may need to avail of our CBCT scan facility to enable comprehensive treatment planning.
- You may wish for your treatment to be planned and performed in a facility that has clinicians who can control both the surgical and restorative phases of complex case management.
- The whole team has been appropriately trained in the delivery of Implant and Restorative / Cosmetic dentistry and the premises has been purpose built and equipped to this end.
- You may require multiple crowns / bridges or total oral rehabilitation. This is the remit of a specially trained dentist.
Making an informed decision
Donal Blackwell, in his role as spokesperson for the Irish Dental Association has often been asked advise on choosing a dental practice. With regard to the more advanced types of dental treatment like implant and prosthodontic therapies, the following advice applies; When choosing an implant practice in which to have treatment, it should be recognised that full time continuous formal post graduate surgical training in an internationally recognised and accredited university is the gold standard for postgraduate implant training. This is a critically important factor in the decision making process when choosing where and with whom to have treatment. This type of training is vastly different to the multitude of short term courses now available where there may have been sparse standardisation and lack of rigorous assessment.
Many short term courses have no patient treatment component to them. In all branches of dentistry and medicine, the model of providing supervised care to patients under the watchful eye of trained faculty teachers has proved to be the most successful training method worldwide. When choosing a Prosthodontic Practice in which to have restorations fabricated, again the training and experience of the person executing the treatment should be scrutinised.
When looking at examples of the restorative work done by a particular practitioner, an all important factor in determining if the restoration fit and finish is of a high standard, is the appearance of the gums around the restorations. Puffy gums and gums that are other than light pink in colour will not only distract from the appearance of the final restoration but are in fact unhealthy. Recent research has shown an association between gum inflammation and cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and pre-term birth.