Ramesh Siva

2013-03-28 13:59:43



Truth About Cheap Dental Implants

Shopping around for everything is the thing to do in these times of austerity. There are even TV programs about it, so surely that's the way to go for your teeth?

The main thing I would say is the worst thing that could happen getting a bargain price for your TV is that it has a fault but then you can return it.  What happens if you have faulty work in your mouth? You may develop symptoms immediately or it may only surface some time after the procedure. You may not be aware of this until problems arise or it is pointed out at a routine dental examination. In this case it is not possible to just return the faulty goods,  it usually involves drawn out, complicated surgery and the costs far exceed the costs if the work was done correctly in the first place.

As with any price cuts, the business that offers the service must make their margins to be in profit, or the business would fail. Therefore savings must he made to offer a bargain. In implant dentistry this can involve using inferior cheap implants, using cheap materials and laboratories for the crowns or bridges placed onto the implants, cutting corners in appointment length or recommended protocols. For instance, instead of purchasing all the sterile products recommended for surgery, and taking the necessary time to set up a surgery correctly, some operators may cut corners here.

Another important factor is the experience of the operator. How long have they been placing dental implants, how many have they placed, what is their failure rate? What  recognisedorganisations are they members of? Currently there is no regulation for dentists who want to be Implantologists. This means that there is no minimum level of experience or qualification, other than the standard dental degree. You want to be sure that your surgeon has the relevant experience, and it is perfectly reasonable to ask for these details at the consultation stage.

In many cases appearances can be deceptive. There are companies offering either services here or abroad that perform their consultations in plush surroundings in locations in well known central London locations. This gives an air of respectability, surely if someone is operating from such a place, they must be reliable? Not necessarily. Did you know that any registered dentists, regardless of quality or experience can have an address in Harley Street or Wimpole Street?

Having said all this, there are still ways to reduce costs without compromising on safety. If you know someone who has been to a cheaper clinic either here or abroad, has had a good experience, or has had a regular check by their own dentist who has verified the work. Then that may be a good recommendation.

Other aspects of dentistry where patients may not be fully aware of the differences between prices and quality are routine fillings and crowns. It is often the case your regular NHS dentists will offer private fillings, but what is the difference if it's the same operator? Also why does one dentist charge one amount for a filling and another a higher fee? Whether it is a filling or a crown that you need, there are various factors that will determine the quality (and the price) of the work you get done. Firstly, the experience of the dentist. As with any job, the more experienced the operator, the better for the client. Then there are the materials. What quality are the fillings or crowns? There can be quite a difference, not only in the appearance but also in how long they may last, if the best filling and crown materials are being used as oppose to cheaper ones.

The time taken to do the procedure also has a direct effect on price. For instance does the dentist do a private filling in the same time they take to do a NHS one or does it take twice or three times as long. Usually it should take much longer. Finally for crowns or bridges the laboratory used can affect the cost considerably. There are some cheap labs producing crowns especially abroad, but the quality tends to be quite considerably inferior to good laboratories which are UK based and some reputable ones in countries such as Germany and the US. This can have a direct effect on the longevity and appearance of the resulting crown. Hopefully this blog has given some insight into why the price for dentistry varies so much and what to look for when you are shopping around.

 At Bridge Dental and Albion Dental although we try to remain competitive, we will not compromise on our patients' long-term dental health. We do offer, for example, mid range price to premier price dental implants to suit budgets. But you can be rest assured that we will not provide a service which may be the cheapest and be ok in the short term, but may cause problems over the medium to long term.

Ramesh Siva

2013-03-26 12:55:22



Botox and Fillers Explained

Facial injectables are rapidly becoming one of the most popular cosmetic procedures carried out on patients. They are far less invasive that surgical options yet can be just as individually tailored. The procedure is usually very quick with most administrations taking between 30-45 minutes. Unlike surgery, cialis there is little down time and patients are able to return to most normal duties  on the same day.

Botox, troche or botulinum toxin type A is perhaps the most widely known and discussed facial injectable. Wrinkles appear due to the repeated contraction of the facial muscles and subsequently the skin. As the skin is always folded in the same area the line becomes imprinted into the skin. Botox works by blocking the electrical messages your brain sends to your muscles so that they relax, discount allowing the skin fold to repair itself in this period of inactivity.


What areas are commonly treated by botox?

In general there are three main areas where botox is treated. The Glabella region or frown area, is the area in between your eyes, just above the bridge of your nose.  In addition the forehead and crows feet areas around the eyes are commonly treated with botox.

Is it painful?

When administering botox we use very small, fine needs, most patients describe it as mildly uncomfortable at worse.

How long does it last?

In general botox treated areas last about 5-6 months and then need to be re-treated in order to maintain the result. However, every patient is different and some patients need re-treatment earlier and others maintain the results for longer.

What about the ‘frozen’ look?

Botox is administered by fully qualified practitioners who will discuss your treatment plan with you thoroughly. When properly administered natural looking results can be achieved. 

How about fillers then?

Dermal fillers are another option to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The body naturally produces an acid call hyaludronic acid. This initiates the production of collagen which is responsible for skin repair. As you get older your body produces less of this acid and subsequently your body produces less reparative collagen.

Dermal filler is comprised of this naturally occurring acid and when injected just under the skin plumps up the wrinkle and promotes collagen production to repair it.

The results can be seen instantaneously and offer a very natural look. Wrinkles in different areas may require different types of filler and this will be discussed with you in a consultation.

Dermal filler can last 8-12 months however some patients have reported it lasting longer. The procedure is very quick like botox and you can return to your normal duties on the same day.

Ramesh Siva

2013-01-19 15:22:30



The Toothy Subject of Dental Implants

Whether due to illness or injury, at some point in your life, your dental health practitioner may recommend you undergo a surgical procedure to have dental implants installed. The concept of dental implants is nothing new; studies have found that the Mayans practiced this dental surgical technique over 1300 years ago. During the time of the Mayans, they had to rely on the materials on hand, which were bone, stone, and shell fragments. In today's world, implants are composed of titanium for the infrastructure and ceramic or porcelain for the crown.



What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are permanent artificial root structures that replace missing teeth. The typical implant consists of a titanium screw, which is torqued into the jawbone, and porcelain, ceramic or even metal crown that fits over the top of the screw. The entire procedure can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the type of work done. If the jawbone requires work involving a type of graft, the procedure may need to be drawn out over a longer time period as each stage of the installation requires time for healing and acceptance by the body.


How is the Procedure Performed?

A hole that is a few millimetres in depth is drilled into the jawbone, at the location of the missing tooth socket. The titanium post is installed and a cover or temporary crown is set into place. Once the implant has fused with the jaw, and the area has healed sufficiently, a permanent crown will be affixed.


Dental Implants Versus Dentures

The benefit of dental implants over dentures is the fact that dentures have a tendency to slip, wiggle or even fall out. This isn't even taking into account the times a seed or grain gets caught between a patient's denture plate and his or her gum. Dental implants can be permanent and as solid as the real teeth they are meant to replace. They can be and should be looked after as if the implants were real teeth; having implants, even a full set, does not preclude proper oral hygiene care. Having implants frees a patient from soaking dentures, or removing the prosthetic at bedtime.


What's the Cost?

The cost can vary based on the materials used, the number of teeth being replaced, the state of the patient's mouth and jaw structure. Implants can range anywhere from £1600 to £4000 depending on the amount of work required. The good news being that, implants generally last longer than any alternative.



Patients may have some minor swelling and minimal, if any, bleeding to attend to and monitor post-surgery. There will most likely be some mild pain as the site heals, which can be treated with an over the counter pain reliever. Your surgeon is the best source of information regarding aftercare. For need or even cosmetic reasons, dental implants can improve the lives of patients exponentially compared to the amount of time it requires to have the work done. A set of healthy, functional teeth is definitely something worth smiling about!

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