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Implant Retained Dentures – Roger’s Story

Roger had been experiencing problems with his dentures and was looking into using implant retained dentures. After much research online he contacted Spires Dental in Lichfield to arrange an appointment with our dentist Stuart to discuss his options. After hearing all the information he was able to make an informed choice and decided to proceed with implant retained dentures. Read about his story and how the treatment benefited him.

 

Why did you choose spires dental clinic for your dental treatment?

I spent many hours trawling the internet, reading customer reviews and found Spires to have the best reviews.

 

Your current dentures were only 3 years old, why were you looking to change them?

My current dentures did not fit tightly especially the bottom set and I found I had to use Fixadent or Polifix to hold them in place and found I could only eat soft foods, and most days I was having to re-glue my dentures twice a day.

 

How did you find the whole process?

From my first visit I felt comfortable, at ease and reassured that Stuart knew exactly what he was talking about.

I went to spires for two reasons:

  1. Was to ask about a root that my previous dentist told me was fused to the bone and could not come out and was causing some discomfort.
  2. I wanted to know if I would be suitable for implants.

Stuart first of all said he did not believe the root was fused to the bone and I had it removed by a member of Stuart’s team.

Stuart spent time with me explaining the various options regarding implants and what he felt I would be comfortable with and which I would benefit from.   Stuart could very easily have steered me towards the most expensive procedure but did not as he felt I would be more than happy with just the 2 implants on the bottom jaw and have a new top plate made as well.

I was given this information and costs and went away to think about what was the best option for me. From start to finish I felt fully informed.

 

Click on the images below to see how implant retained dentures work.

 

lichfield dental implant clinic

 

 

What are your thoughts about your treatment now its all done and dusted?

What can I say,  I’ve thrown the Fixadent away and was able to eat a steak in a restaurant for the first time in years. These dentures actually feel as though they are part of my mouth.

 

What would you say to anyone who was thinking about choosing spires dental clinic for similar treatment?

Go for it, knowing that the treatment and service you receive will be first class.

Dental Implant retained dentures at Spires Dental in Lichfield

 

Dentist’s Summary

There are many people out there with lower dentures that bounce around the mouth like they are on a trampoline.  This can be easily avoided by using either teeth, if they are present, or implants to fix the denture into place.  This greatly increases confidence and function for the patient- Roger was able to go out for a steak the same night he had the final dentures delivered and eat some pork scratchings!  This is not necessarily what we would recommend but good on Roger for giving it a go.

Once placed, it is important the denture is removed and the implants are cared for by the patient, cleaning with an electric toothbrush twice a day.  This is not difficult but it is crucial if you want your implants to last.  Roger is already cleaning them very well, as can be seen from the final photo we took two weeks after fitting the dentures.

Let’s be frank, the one downside is the short term cost.   Given the dentures will last 7-10 years before needing updating/adjusting and the success rates of implants are excellent, we expect this to be an investment over the long term.  The difference it makes to people is quite simply profound… I love this treatment!

It’s been an absolute pleasure looking after Roger and I cannot thank him enough for writing this testimonial for us and allowing us to share it with you. We will see him now once a year for maintenance, ensuring his denture is rock solid and that his soft tissues and the implants are healthy.

 

For more information on implant retained dentures, please call the dental practice reception in Lichfield on 01543 411 088.

Stuart Goddard and Simon Rana dentists at Spires Dental in Lichfield

New Patient Consultation at your Lichfield Dentist

Hello and welcome to Spires Dental Clinic, your dentist in Lichfield.

So, you want to know what you’ve let yourself in for?

I can’t blame you really, visiting a new dentist can be very stressful leading to many questions.

  • What are they like?
  • What will they do?
  • What will I need doing?
  • How much is this going to cost me?

The list goes on…

The aim of this particular article is to help you understand why we do what we do and then hopefully you’ll feel more comfortable about giving us a chance to help you look after you.

First things first, COST…

New dental patient consultations cost £44, its half price at the moment, and we will ask for a deposit of £22 to secure the appointment when you call the dental practice in Lichfield.  There are no hidden costs so no matter what, if we take x-rays or photos of your teeth the cost stays the same.  The dental appointment will last 50 minutes however we ask you to budget for about 60-70 minutes of your time within the dental practice.

Now we believe that the two most important appointments we can offer our patients are the initial consultation and your first visit to our dental hygienist. Initial consultations are where we set out our long term aims to get your mouth healthy enough so that you need to visit the dentist as little as possible. Our dental hygienists are absolutely amazing and your time with them is essential for good dental health,  but I’ll leave that one for another day.

On arrival to the practice...

reception staff dentist in lichfield staffordshire

...your first contact will be one of these two, Beth

can see they don’t really like to be photographed BUT they will,

I’m sure, welcome you to our wonderful practice...

(that’s me by the way) and Jess. Now as you

... show you around the practice and escort you to our lounge...

Hopefully if you’re early you can have a coffee

Yes we do let you have sugar, before you ask.

(we love our nespresso) or another beverage.

Hopefully we won’t keep you waiting long and either Simon or Stuart

will come and introduce themselves and escort you to the surgery.

 

The first thing we want to do is find out a little more about you and why you have come to see us.  Now Stuart and Simon really love talking to their patients and finding out all about them.  This is a crucial part of any dental appointment, we obviously want to understand what it is you want to achieve, but also because dentistry is a HUGE subject and they don’t want to gabble on about all things dental when most of it won’t apply to you. They’ll also confirm any notes you’ve made about your medical history and see how long it’s been since you last saw a dentist.

Once everyone is happy they’ll invite you to take a seat in our comfy dental chairs so they can have a look around your mouth.

The first thing that we check for are any lumps or bumps and red or white patches that may be present in your mouth. The vast majority of funny things are innocuous but we need to make a record so we can monitor them over time. In some rare cases we may have to refer you if we are at all suspicious of anything.  It’s the first thing we do because it’s the MOST important job we have.

Next we’ll check your teeth by gently blowing some air around them to remove the saliva so we can see things more clearly, and look for a few things whilst asking themselves questions about what’s going on in your mouth:

Is there any decay?

Decay is caused by having sugar frequently, not necessarily a lot, just often.

Are there any fractures?

Sadly dentistry weakens teeth and as such teeth can break.  We can sometimes see the fractures before they break but not always L

Is there any wear on your teeth?

If there is any wear, is it indicative of tooth grinding? Tooth grinding contributes to the evil triad (decay, gum disease and structural failure of teeth) that threatens your teeth and gums.

Are your gums ok?

We then check your gums by gently feeling around them to see how hard or soft they are and to see if they bleed easily.  Bleeding, red and soft gums are all hallmarks of active gum disease.

There are other things we check in relation to certain procedures (braces, implants etc.) but that’s all a bit too numerous to mention in this blog.

Photos of your teeth… why?

Finally we take photographs of your teeth and gums to help us provide you with the knowledge you need about your mouth, and then we take x-rays (if required) to show anything we physically cannot see and to provide us with a mechanism for the long term monitoring of your oral and dental health.

Finally we take photographs of your teeth and gums to help us provide you with the knowledge you need about your mouth, and then we take x-rays (if required) to show anything we physically cannot see and to provide us with a mechanism for the long term monitoring of your oral and dental health.

Through all this, Simon and Stuart will be communicating with their nurse in dental jargon, allowing them to convey the location of anything they see.  I wouldn’t try and understand it if I were you as it always sounds like they are saying really terrible things about your mouth.

jodie dental nurse in lichfield staffordshire

After a rinse out comes the important bit, The Chat…

During the chat, Simon or Stuart will talk to you about any problems you may face, the risk factors that may be involved, how we can deal with any issues and how to prevent them in the future.  Simon and Stuart are guided by some core principles that ensure we deliver the best level of dental care we can:

  1. Dentistry is a poor alternative to healthy teeth so we always use prevention through education.
  2. If you present to us with a problem we will go over all your options but we are always looking to recommend the option that will have the least impact on the strength of your teeth, or the one that makes your teeth stronger and last longer.
  3. If our dentists are ever in doubt about what to recommend they will default to either:
    • The ‘Daughter Test’ i.e. what would you do if it was your daughter that needed help with a particular problem.
    • If the problem is not urgent we will leave the final decision up to you.

The photographs and x-rays provide an invaluable insight when communicating all this stuff, although dentistry is not hard to understand. It’s much easier if you can see the problem yourself on our monitor.

You are welcome to ask questions at any time during your dental appointment and we welcome such interaction.  We want you to fully understand what is going on in your mouth and to make the correct decision on how you wish to proceed.

Once our dentists are all finished, and you have obtained the answers you are looking for, they will escort you back to reception to see Jess or Beth (me again!) who will go through any financial information and arrange any further dental appointments that may be required.  We don’t do the hard sell so we will never try and coerce you into making an appointment. As Dentists, we want to see people who want to see us.  It’s far less stressful to work with the willing patients who value their oral and dental health.

Within a week of your appointment you will receive a report on the health of your mouth as well as the options open to you for any treatment you may wish to have with us. The dentists’ email address will be included so please feel free to email them if you have any further queries. Believe it or not they love talking about teeth, even if it’s in their own spare time.

About a week after that we will give you a call to make sure you received your report, answer any questions you may have and arrange any further appointments.

I do hope this has given you an insight on how we work and why we do what we do.

Thanks for your time and we hope to see you soon at Spires Dental Clinic, your dentist in Lichfield. Please call us on 01543 411 088 or email us on enquiries@spiresdental.co.uk.

Beth Fitzpatrick

Dr Simon Rana dentist at Spires Dental Clinic, dentists in Lichfield Staffordshire

Welcoming Dr Simon Rana to Spires Dental Clinic in Lichfield

What makes me tick?

Firstly, let me introduce myself and say how excited I am to be working in Lichfield and especially with Stuart and the amazing team at Spires Dental Clinic.

I’m Dr Simon Rana and I have been a full time practising dentist since I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2015.

Since graduating I have been fortunate enough to work in two busy, well-established NHS practices. It is from these positions where I developed almost an obsession with dentistry! This led to pushing my skills as a dentist and up-skilling myself through courses within the Royal College of Surgeons. Currently I am one of the youngest members associated with the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry within the Royal College of Surgeons. Here I am being guided by some of the UKs leading dentists. I am also lucky enough to be part of the Post Graduate Certificate programme in Aesthetic Dentistry through the Tipton Training academy.

So why Spires Dental Clinic?

Surrounding myself with like-minded individuals was key to choosing the dental practice where I work. When I first met Stuart and the team I was so impressed with their enthusiasm and passion for dentistry. Stuart has 15 years of fantastic experience and I feel that I can develop and use the skills which I have been taught within Spires Dental Clinic.

From our initial meeting our passion for high quality, ethical dentistry was evident. We both share the same ethos: “help patients not need us!”

The competency and caring nature of the whole team was clear to see. One of the main things I wanted from a dental practice was to ensure that the patients are looked after from the moment they contact the practice all the way through to their end goal and beyond. Spires Dental Clinic clearly shows this.

We both pride ourselves on patient care and one of the strongest qualities is building a good rapport with patients. It is a very exciting time ahead!

Dr Simon Rana cosmetic dentist at Spires Dental Clinic, cosmetic dentists in Lichfield Staffordshire

What is my passion?

My passion within dentistry is to provide the most effective, minimal invasive dentistry to improve patients’ well-being. Dentistry for myself is not only about fixing teeth, I love nothing more than to see the happy expressions on my patient’s faces when I show them their new smile, or I have made that pain disappear for them.

Improving a person’s self-confidence, giving them the feel-good factor and helping people when they are in need is a job satisfaction that I am lucky enough to experience.

I pride myself on good dentistry and love what it can do for people and how it can be life changing for so many people.

What are my goals?

As I am new to the Lichfield area, I am looking forward to building a patient base from scratch. Just like Stuart, I want to build up a name for myself here in Lichfield as a dentist you can trust and enjoy coming to visit.

So, what do I do in my spare time?

As well as being a dental geek I am also a football geek and an avid Aston Villa supporter, for my sins!

I have always been motivated to push myself to maintain a healthy lifestyle, recently I completed “Total Warrior assault course” which was not only physically challenging but pushed me mentally as well. Maybe I will get Stuart and the team to complete the next one with me!

At heart though, I am a family man. My friends and family would describe me as an avid foodie as I believe nothing brings people together more than great food and great conversation.

If you’re over-due a check-up and want to come and visit me for a dental health check-up for a half price consultation, then simply give the practice a call so Jess or Beth will book you in.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Dental health advice for you babies teeth at Spires Dental Clinic in Lichfield Staffordshire

Caring For Your Babies Teeth

Many people say you should take your child to see the dentist on their first birthday, at Spires we don’t think this is necessary as if you look after your children’s teeth with our easy steps, you won’t need to visit the dentist until your child is older.  We recommend bringing your child when they will actually allow us to have a look- about 2-4 years of age.

So, in the meantime, how should you be caring for your child’s teeth?…

Milk Teeth

From the age of about 6 months your baby will start teething and will have around 20 baby teeth by the age of 3 years old. Milk teeth play an important role as they hold space for the second teeth. The enamel on baby teeth is thin and is more likely to decay and erode especially if they are exposed to sugar or acidic drinks too often.

When should you start cleaning your baby’s teeth?

You should start as soon as your baby’s first teeth start to come through.  At first you will not be able to clean them too well but please remember the aim of cleaning is to apply fluoride to the teeth to help strengthen them.  You will not be able to remove all the plaque effectively till they are a little older, maybe 12-24 months.

Remember it is not the cleaning that prevents tooth decay; avoiding sugar is the single most important thing.

Cleaning from such a young age morning and night gets your baby into a routine. The important thing is to get your baby used to brushing their teeth as part of their daily routine. Why not set a good example and let them see you brushing your own teeth.

What do I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

To begin with you may only be able to use a small soft baby toothbrush.  Personally I found that cleaning my children’s teeth was very difficult so I started to use an ORAL B electric toothbrush when my children were 18-24 months.  The ORAL B invariably cleans more effectively and is much easier to use.

It is highly recommended to use a child specific toothpaste as they contain less concentration of fluoride, reducing the chance that your child will mottle their adult teeth by ingesting too much of the toothpaste.

Why is fluoride recommended?

Fluoride strengthens the enamel of our adult and baby teeth making them more resistant to tooth decay. Fluoride can occur naturally in some water supplies within the country, and it has been added to other parts of the country where it doesn’t occur naturally to help prevent dental decay. Research has shown that there is less decay in children’s teeth where fluoride is found in the water.

It is also important to brush your child’s teeth with fluoridated toothpaste, and it is important to not rinse your child’s mouth after brushing as this will wash away the fluoride.

Sadly Fluoride can lead to brown and white mottling of the developing adult teeth if children ingest too much toothpaste.  To this end it is important that you only place a smear of tooth paste on your child’s tooth brush as children cannot spit out effectively till they are 6 years of age.  We recommend you oversee their cleaning sessions until they are 7 years of age and place the toothpaste on the brush yourself to make sure they aren’t using too much.

Early food and drink

The early weeks of your baby’s life is more straightforward with milk being the sole source of food. Once your baby starts on solids it is important to try and keep food to meal times plus it is important to avoid giving your child any food or drink except for water in the hour before bed. Avoid as much as possible food and drink that contain sugar this includes dried fruit such as raisins.

Ultimately you need to keep your child away from sugar as much as possible, but especially in-between meals.

Brushing tips for babies

  • Use a tiny flat smear of toothpaste for babies and toddlers up to three years old, and a pea-sized amount for children aged three to six years.
  • Brush their teeth twice a day: just before bed and in the morning
  • If your child doesn’t like having their teeth brushed, just keep trying. Make it into a game, or brush your own teeth at the same time and then help your child finish their own.
  • The easiest way to brush a baby’s teeth is to sit them on your knee, with their head resting against your chest.
  • Brush the teeth in small circles, covering all the surfaces, and encourage your child to spit the toothpaste out afterwards. Remember don’t rinse as this will wash away the fluoride.
  • Supervise brushing to make sure your child gets the right amount of toothpaste and they are not eating or licking toothpaste from the tube.
  • Carry on helping your child brush their teeth until you’re sure they can do it well enough themselves. This will normally be until they’re at least seven.

Also have a read of our blog: How to prevent tooth decay in children

 

Food for health teeth and gums, dental health advice from Spires Dental Clinic in Lichfield Staffordshire

What You Eat Plays an Important Role in Your Oral Health

Why is a healthy diet so important for good oral health?

Proper nutrition means eating a well-balanced diet so that your body can get the nutrients needed for good health and wellness. If your diet is low in the nutrients your body needs, your mouth may have a more difficult time resisting infection. This may contribute to gum disease which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.

A poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Foods high in carbohydrates, sugars and starches greatly contribute to the production of plaque acids that attack the tooth enamel. Eventually, these acids can cause tooth enamel to break down, forming a cavity.

What are the foods you should avoid or limit?

  • Too much sugary food and drinks
  • Avoid any foods that stick to your teeth, because these can produce more plaque
  • Too many citrus fruits can be acidic and break down enamel
  • Coffee, tea and red wine can stain teeth
  • Toffees can crack teeth

What are the good foods and drink for oral health

  • Water is the best drink for maintaining your oral health.
  • Phosphorus-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs help to strengthen your teeth
  • Fruits and vegetables are an important part of any balanced diet, and they are also good for your teeth. Since they are high in water and fibre, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth.
  • Nuts contain protein and minerals important for overall health. In addition, nuts that are low in carbohydrates don’t add to your risk of cavities. Plus, chewing nuts stimulates saliva production, which can reduce your risk for tooth decay.
  • Dairy products contain calcium and they neutralise enamel destroying acids

Keeping your and your family’s teeth healthy, depends on cleaning in between your teeth once a day, brushing your teeth twice a day, and seeing your dentist regularly, but your diet also plays a role in the health of your teeth. Foods containing sugar are a particularly common cause of tooth decay. You don’t need to avoid them altogether, but making them a treat will help protect your teeth for years to come.

If you wish to discuss your families dental health or require dental health advice, please all the dental surgery on 01543 411 088 to make an appointment.

We look forward to meeting you at Spires Dental in Lichfield soon.