Dental implants and reconstruction at our practice are carried out by Professor Kaveh Shakib. A leading maxillofacial consultant and oral surgeon, registered in that speciality by the General Dental Council (GDC).
We believe the depth of understanding these skills bring is critical to high quality treatment, dentistry is about more than your teeth.
Forming views based on wider opinion still makes sense for patients. Implants and associated treatment have grown in volume over recent years, attracting oversight from legislative and professional bodies.
The Association of Consultants & Specialists In Restorative Dentistry state that remedial options today are of a multidisciplinary nature, making a consultant’s role essential.
Parliament took a close look at implants in particular, through written evidence and debate. They were supported by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Faculty of Dental Surgery and made key recommendations:
- Patients must be informed about risks, the range of treatment options available and ongoing support where required.
- Skilled periodontal checks are vital to ensure that problems are detected which may threaten the stability of implants.
- The GDC should improve peri-implant assessment education, at undergraduate level and amongst the dental community.
- Training for complex dental treatment should ensure patients will be treated by a suitably qualified professional.
- The Law Commission’s proposals on specialisms should be supported. There is at present no “implant” specialism.
The RCS summarised the overall need. Quality implant care, restorative dentistry, prosthodontics, oral surgery and periodontics requires providers to have the necessary validated and robust training.
Similar views exist in internationally recognised research. An NCBI paper on evidence based dentistry in oral surgery stated that essential knowledge derived from clinical expertise and good quality surgical procedures.
Whilst most dental professionals will try to offer the best care, there is a clear view that specialist skills matter. For treatment and for your individual needs.
Each of us have a unique dental profile, different lives, or health needs. Timing to suit a patient can matter, sedation needs vary, or the level of post extraction care prior to implants.
Existing conditions can influence decisions, such as for patients with natural, or medication induced osteoporosis. Your jaw pathology should be understood, from cysts to be dealt with, to structural issues.
Decisions on dental implants, or other restorative dentistry require great care and tailoring to personal requirements. This is more likely to happen if the person treating you has in depth medical knowledge.
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is qualified in medicine and dentistry. They will typically have spent 20 years reaching dual consultant standard and gained much experience along the way.
We would be pleased if you visit us to discuss your needs, although the key is to find good support wherever you are. Most restorative treatment is a once in a lifetime event and deserves the best care.