To give dental implants the best chance of success and allow for optimum implant integration, it is very important that implant treatment is carried out under very strictly, sterile, theatre-like conditions. This is essential to reduce the chance of an infection developing. For this reason, we use the most modern sterilisation equipment. This type of equipment is normally found in surgical theatres. We also employ highly trained implant nurses and use completely sterile disposable surgical gowns to ensure the most sterile conditions.
Following a strict dental implant protocol is very important. For example, we would never use cheap, non-sterile surgical gowns for our patients or for ourselves during implant surgery.
All of the implant systems that we use arrive with us in sterile packaging with a clearly shown expiry date. We never ever buy cheap implants from manufacturers that do not conform to these important protocols.
Following these strict cross infection measures has ensured that, to date, we have had no post implant surgery episodes of infection despite carrying out hundreds of implant procedures over the years.
For good bone cooling during implant surgery, we only use specialist implant handpieces that provide saline cooling of the surgical site. We never use the cheaper dental chair handpieces that do not have saline cooling. This prevents the risk of bone cells dying due to overheating during implant placement.
To ensure that we always have the right dental implant for our patients, we keep a very large stock of dental implants on site. This financial outlay of thousands of pounds by us ensures that when it comes to your implant placement we will always have the right size implant for any clinical situations that can arise. Therefore, we never need to compromise by placing the wrong sized implant.
There are well over 100 different implant systems currently in use around the world. Only a handful of these implant systems have substantial proven evidence from dental research literature. Also, even fewer implant systems have any substantial long-term follow-up evidence to support their use on patients.
There are many cheaper types of untested implants available on the market that are not clinically or scientifically proven. Because of this, we do not think it is justifiable to provide them no matter what the financial benefits can be to both the patient and the dentist.
Also by using dental implants from one of the major implant companies, we ensure that in years to come, if the patient’s implant needs a new screw or an abutment, the company is still likely to be in business to supply the correct parts needed for maintenance.