London Centre for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

Sleep easy at night by removing the litigation worry.

UNDIAGNOSED AND UNTREATED PERIODONTAL DISEASE IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AREAS OF LITIGATION AND COMPLAINTS IN DENTISTRY.

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Dr Ope Sodeinde continues to enhance his well-deserved reputation for patient care, In this issue Ope discusses the actions you need to take as recommended by Dental Protection to avoid litigation for undiagnosed and untreated periodontal disease.

In many cases, the levels of periodontal disease present in a patient’s mouth are due to factors beyond the dentist’s control, and do not reflect any fault whatsoever on the part of the dentist.  People are living longer, and more people are retaining their teeth. Consequently, the overall potential periodontal risk is increasing. Allegations of undiagnosed, untreated and under-treated periodontal disease are on the rise.

Allegations
The most common allegation is that the patient was unaware of the presence of periodontal disease, or that the extent and implications of the periodontal problems had not been explained to them.

If the condition, along with the treatment options and appropriate advice, is not explained to the patient, the individual may well feel that they have been let down by the professional person they have trusted over many years.
Patient may well become very frustrated, blaming the dentist for allowing the periodontal condition to deteriorate under their care. If the condition, along with the treatment options and appropriate advice, is not explained to the patient,  may well become very frustrated, blaming the dentist for allowing the periodontal condition to deteriorate under their care.

There are “No win no fee” companies who now specialise in dental complaints and are seeking out disgruntled patients to carryout negligent claims on their behalf and Frustrated patients are taking these offers up..
Whether such allegations are made in the form of a complaint, or a claim in negligence, two questions always arise:
Did the dentist in question properly diagnose, treat and monitor the periodontal disease? 
Did the critical discussions and explanations occur between the dentist and the patient?


“No Win No Fee” litigation companies often focus upon the clinical records and what they do (or do not) contain to establish where the blame lies.

In many cases and as said previously – the levels of periodontal disease present in a patient’s mouth are due to factors beyond the dentist’s control, and do not reflect any fault whatsoever on the part of the dentist. However, it is made much easier to demonstrate this fact if the records contain the necessary information.

How do you know if your records are compliant?
Dental Protection recommend you carry out a simple audit on the dental records of  10 patients that you see  with either moderate or significant levels of periodontal disease. Are there one or more dated entries confirming how well you are monitoring their disease?

Go to: DENTAL PROTECTION – PERIODONTAL MONITORING FOR INFORMATION ON CONTEMPORANEOUS NOTE TAKING AS RECOMENDED BY  DENTAL PROTECTION

*Audit your clinical note taking  – review 10 patients records across 16 actions points*

If you are concerned about managing  your non-responsive periodontal patients and the legal/clinical implications of this please contact Dental Protection as they can advise.

It takes a very special skill set to be able to adequately inform, motivate and change patients attitude  towards their condition – if you have any concerns – always refer to a specialist.

Training 12 dentists to work alongside Dr Ope

We are seeking 12 dentists who are serious about learning implant dentistry – We are looking for enthusiastic practical people who are keen to learn new skills and to implement implant dentistry into their own practice. To be mentored and work alongside specialists.

You don’t require years of experience under your belt – just an interest and desire to learn about this aspect of dentistry.

The course is heavily subsidised by London Dental Specialists and it is designed to help cement the relationships between the restoring dentist, surgeon, dental laboratory and implant system provider to achieve the best results possible for patients.

The course is in-line with the restorative implant dentistry guidelines proposed by the GDC and has 36 hours verifiable CPD.

24 cases over 36 hours of training staggered over a number of month’s for gentle learning.

  • 5 full days jam packed full discussion based classroom, learning, where Mr Nick Lewis & Dr Ope Sodeinde, will openly provide evidence based advice, tips and scenarios in the hope your team members will offer challenging and interesting debate.
  • Opportunity to work alongside Dr Sodeinde who will place the implants in your patients at his practice in Devonshire Place, W1.
  • Receive a high level of 1:1 support from the specialists and the team.
  • Maintenance training for your hygienist.
  • Marketing support
  • Following the course there will be complimentary top-up programs to build on your existing foundation of knowledge.

The course is subsidised by implant companies – which mean you will receive 1 complimentary (basic) kit to take home and additional support from them.

In essence, each training section is delivered at the optimum time for each delegate to then go back to his/her practice and with the confidence to carry-out the required stage of treatment – this means the course is extended, but you have it fresh in your mind.

The first session we encourage you to bring your nurse so you can learn together the implant basics and to identify the right patients. During the day we will teach you the right communication style and marketing approach to enable you to acquire your 2 patients for the course.

2nd session is then timed at 2 months later- where we see the your cases which each delegate has chosen for the first time. Our focus is on – how to approach these individual cases from a restorative perspective, discuss each case and plan carefully the next steps.

The course structure is organised so that every dentists attending will be able not only plan and carry out the restorative aspect but in have addition skills to actually market and sell implants.

Fresh, optimum learning –

36 hours of hands on, discussion based training by highly skilled international acclaimed lecturer Nicholas Lewisis a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry based at the Eastman Dental Hospital within the unit of Prosthodontics.

Cohort of talented international trainers

Clinical director and owner of London Dental Specialist Dr Ope Sodeinde  BDS MFDS RCS(Ed) MSc(Rest Dent) MClinDent(perio)MPerio RCS(Ed)Specialist in Periodontics will deliver the practical guidance, support and provide relevant clinical evidence – live surgery, soft tissue handling and on-going mentoring and support.

Marketing consultant Vanessa Elwell our expert in dental marketing she will provide sales and marketing support and 1:1 valuable advice on how to prepare and market your practice for implantology.

International lecturer Ashley Byrne Director of Byrnes Dental Lab in Oxfordshire will provide expertise advice on the laboratory aspect of implant dentistry. plus give practical support when you most need it.

If you are interested to hear more – speak directly to Ope Sodeinde on 020 7589 7792.

Location: Wimpole Street

Start Date: 12th May ( this can be flexible)

for further information click here for course details  Ope Restorative course info 2016

 

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Can I have a bridge instead of an Implant?

What is a bridge?

A dental bridge “bridges” the gap between natural teeth with a false tooth which is held between the teeth on either side of the gap via dental crowns.

A bridge can certainly provide an aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement which is more permanent solution than a partial denture, but are there even ‘better’ options available?

Having a dental bridge means healthy teeth may need to be cut down

At London Centre for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry  we are extremely keen to preserve your natural teeth as much as possible.  We strongly believe in non-invasive or minimally invasive treatments which are kind to teeth; focusing our energy on preservation and not destruction. This means we prefer to avoid cutting down healthy dental tissue, if at all possible.

This presents the first consideration when it comes to dental bridges: In order to attach the bridge, it is necessary to prepare the teeth either side. Unfortunately, this means that we need to remove a significant portion of the tooth’s surface, which are otherwise healthy.

Whilst the newly fitted crowns will protect the teeth, the process can be considered to be quite invasive.

It should be said too, that whilst dental bridges do offer stability, they also require special care and cleaning to ensure that the gums around the immediate area of the bridge remain healthy and disease free.

So, What are the alternatives?

Partial dentures are still widely used, but, however, with advances in dental care many people are now turning away from dentures and bridges in favour of dental implants.

A dental implant means we can carryout minimally invasive techniques and focus solely on the replacing just the missing tooth.  By having an implant placement London Centre of periodontics and implant dentistry you are setting yourself up for many long-term benefits. Which, given good care, should last for many years.

Whilst there are a few inconveniences at the start of the treatment, such as little extra visits to see us, these are short-lived and you will soon start to realise the rewards of a natural looking, strong and permanent replacement teeth.

As the implant becomes firmly embedded in the jawbone over a number of weeks, a crown can be attached with no need from extra support from adjoining teeth; quite unlike the process needed with a dental bridge. This means that we can leave healthy teeth alone and provide a long term highly predictable alternative.

To find out more about this modern tooth replacement method, please call our team to arrange a consultation at London centre for Perio and implant dentistry in Wimpole Street

Gingivitis and Receding Gums

Monitoring gum disease is an important step in avoiding gum recession.

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to have teeth which appear larger than average? Teeth that seem somehow too large for their mouth?

One possibility is that it is not their teeth which are too large but that their gums have receded, exposing more of the tooth and its root. The exposure of the root not only causes this sometimes strange appearance but also puts the tooth at more risk of decay and other problems.

Receding Gums

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The Economic Wisdom of Dental Implants

Long term cost benefit of implants.

Accustomed as many of us are, to headline watching; most of us perhaps neglect to look at the details, preferring to have a whole subject summed up in just a few words. This practise can apply also when looking around for procedures, such as dental implants, to improve our appearance.

If a quick glance is taken at dental implants, one word which can spring to mind in many people is ‘expense’. Whilst this may perhaps be understandable, it is arguably too simplistic a view of a cosmetic dental procedure that can actually offer good value for money as well as providing a top quality tooth replacement.

Implants abroad

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Everyday Habits That Help Promote Good Oral Health

Good oral health – much more than just brushing and flossing.

Before we start, it should be made clear that the following tips are NOT an alternative to regular brushing and flossing of the teeth. Nor does it mean that visits to a dental practice such as the London Centre for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry are unnecessary. Above all, these basics should be followed rigorously to keep your teeth in excellent shape.

The following habits though can be helpful, especially for gum disease patients, if added to a general oral health regime outlined above.

Hydration – Staying well hydrated is known to be good for the body but is also important in oral health care and gum disease especially. By ensuring that you are well hydrated, you are less likely to have a dry mouth which is a favourite environment for the bacteria that cause gum disease.

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Recovering from a Dental Implant Procedure

Patient comfort post implant placement.

Over the years, we have placed dental implants for many patients from Central London and beyond. Whilst the exact approach may differ slightly depending on the patient’s circumstances; for example, some may need a bone graft or sinus lift prior to the procedure;  the one thing that all patients have in common is the recovery period.

Whilst a dental implant procedure should be no more uncomfortable than other invasive dental procedures as it is performed using a local anaesthetic, it is likely that there may be some discomfort following the procedure.

At the London Centre for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry we want our dental patients from the central London area to experience as little post procedure discomfort as possible and offer the following tips to help.

Prior Procedure

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Stoptober – Time for Action

A challenge to smokers in Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster.

The start of October sees the annual ‘Stoptober’ campaign where people are encouraged to give up smoking for the month (and hopefully forever).

Why, you may ask, should a dentist support this campaign? The reasons will soon become clear when we take a look at the damage that smoking does to a person’s oral health.

At the London Centre for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry we see a large number of patients who are suffering from various stages of gum disease, whether it be the relatively early stages of gingivitis or the more advanced periodontitis where the teeth are at severe risk. The fact is that whilst a poor cleaning regime will contribute to this, smoking is still a major factor in many patient’s gum and teeth problems.

Gum Disease

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The Use of ‘Deep Cleaning’ in Gum Disease Treatment

Cleaning below the gum line at our Central London Dental Practice.

Gum disease is a problem that should never really be allowed to reach the stage where a ‘deep clean’ is necessary. That said, it does happen on occasions and there may be a number of reasons for this.

We know that, sometimes, when people have moved from another part of the country to Chelsea, Kensington or any of the other boroughs in our Central London locality, that there seems to be a million and one things that need to be done. Very often, unfortunately, finding a new dentist does not seem to come high on this list.

This is all very well, but dental problems such as gum disease accumulate over time and whilst are easily treatable in the early stages, can cause significant problems if left. Those that regularly brush and floss their teeth and keep regular appointments at the London Centre for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry will hopefully never need a deep clean and will only need the usual general scale and polish. That being said though,  bacteria often find convenient places to hide and, at times, only a dentist with particular skills will be able to treat the problems they cause.

Advanced Gum Disease Treatment in London

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How Dental Implants Benefit More Than Just Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry and the ‘feel good’ factor.

There are probably very few of us who don’t wish that we could have better looking teeth. This in itself is obviously desirable but many of us perhaps simply accept them as they are providing that no obvious problems such as a tooth damage occurs.

In some ways, this is understandable; most of us have busy lives and perhaps focus on matters other than our teeth, except for when we are brushing and flossing them. Sometimes it seems that there are far more important things in our world than having great looking teeth.

Dental Implants

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