The only work that is performed at the practice is that related to implant dentistry and the restoration of the mouth. This work needs to be carried out in a healthy mouth. Should you need any additional treatment with respect to your own teeth we shall refer you back to your own dentist to have this completed. Most of our patients are referred to us and generally require no other treatment. Your dentist will be sent a copy of the report (with your permission), so that he or she is kept up to date on the status of your mouth. If your dentist is appropriately trained and wishes to take on the responsibility or the restorative aspect of work (construction of the teeth), we will work together as a team and you will be referred back for this phase of the treatment.
It is sometimes possible to remove a tooth which is failing and to insert an implant at the same time, enabling it to function with a temporary tooth. There are various conditions which must be satisfied before this can be done. Most importantly, there must be no active infection, and the bone and gum must be intact.
Some cases are a lot more complex and require reconstruction of the bone and other complex surgeries before the implants can be fitted successfully. This ranges from small pieces of bone from the hip to full jaw reconstructions using larger materials produced from CT scans of the patient.
Sometimes the patient will require multiple teeth that can be fixed from a single implant if there is enough supporting bone. Alternatively some patients require a full lower and upper denture secured and permanently fixed with implants.
I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous... While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times
(Extract from the Hippocratic Oath, Hippocrates, 460–377 BC ) Ashok Sethi Lead Implant Surgeon at A Sethi Ltd
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Ashok Sethi is co-author of the world leading publication practical implant dentistry. This book has been translated in over ten languages and is now in it second edition.
(There was some confusion because the 15th of June had also been mentioned)
However, there are a number of regulatory authorities that govern us and in keeping with the guidelines, we will start looking after our patients in a staged approach.
We shall now start to move towards our "new normal".
You may be aware that during this past period, we have looked after several urgent problems that our patients have had. Urgent care will continue to be given priority as we move forward. In addition, we also have many patients whose treatment is time-sensitive. These patients will also be treated as urgent cases particularly if there is a likelihood of harm coming to this group of patients if we do not act in good time.
Needless to say, we shall be using appropriate personal protective equipment which is designed to keep us all safe. Our appointments will need to be separated by the time we need to disinfect the surgeries and the equipment.
I took the trouble of getting all our members of staff tested with the antigen test, which determines whether or not you are infected or a carrier. None of us are infected nor are carriers. This is a spot test, of course, but we are maintaining a level of social distancing and protection to ensure that we do not get infected.
We shall have the antibody test carried out as soon as this is available to us.
Nevertheless, that aside, our level of personal protective equipment (PPE) is geared to the highest level to protect each other against any cross infection.
During this time, oral health is equally important as any lack of attention may result in disease progressing. Therefore, Juliet is going to commence work on around about the 15th of June. As you can imagine, each appointment will need to be a little longer (60 minutes) along with 30 minutes between appointments to permit the correct safety measures to be instituted.
As time goes on, we hope to be able to revert to a normal length of appointment.
Going forward and prior to your appointment being made, reception will contact you to take you through a triage process. This will involve a short history to establish your status regarding exposure to COVID-19. In addition, in order to maintain appropriate social distancing, we will ask you to attend the practice on your own. We will also arrange with you how to access the surgery safely bearing in mind our need to comply with social distancing measures.
Clearly, for those patients who need assistance/escorting, (e.g. those patients needing treatment under sedation) special arrangements will be made.
Additional relevant information will be sent to you as required prior to your appointment.
With regard to any financial exchange, may we ask that payment is made in advance of treatment to limit contact in reception and reduce any risk of cross-infection.
Please do not hesitate to call in order to discuss any issues that you have. Be reassured that we will respond as soon as we can in scheduling an appointment to resolve your issues.
With warm regards
Ashok, and Team