I have been a dental nurse at The Old Surgery Dental Practice for 16 years and am the lead implant nurse.
I have been assisting with dental implants surgically and restoratively for approximately 6 years (maybe longer).
I am a super organised person, at work and at home, I think this is a great trait to have with the organisation needed for my role.
Dental implant treatment is becoming a very high demanding, and upcoming treatment with the different types of treatment available and finance options that we also offer, making this treatment more affordable.
Dental implants have been around for years, but with new styles of treatments now available, even for those patients with very little bone we now have more options than ever before, everyone seems to want a fixed options where possible, which is understandable.
Over the past 6 years I have worked alongside some amazing Implantologists and multi-team approach, giving the patients the best functional and cosmetic end results.
Prior to having patients in for implant treatment, there is an immense amount of planning required before the day of surgery; the appointment structure normally goes as follows:
- Assessment with restorative dentist (to check the treatment is viable)
- Assessment with Implantologist and CBCT scan (3D scan of area implants are to be planned) Pre and post operative advice, and sedation information and checks if required
- Following the initial consultation a consent letter is constructed and sent to the patient for the patient to read, a follow up appointment then is scheduled with the treatment coordinator where ask any questions they have can be answered and pre operative antibiotics are then given, and appointments are the booked.
- Appointment with the restorative dentist for a digital scan (Sometimes we use surgical guides for treatment, and also have a wax up on a model so the patient can see the end cosmetic result.) (If required)
- Surgery day
- Review and follow up 7-14 days following surgery (this is when we will remove sutures if required)
- Implant exposure at 10-12 weeks following surgery, at this appointment if the implant is buried we uncover it and put a metal cap so it is now sticking out of the gum.
- Temporary crown made (If required) this is to model the gum around the implant for the best cosmetic outcome (tends to be for front teeth)
- Digital scan approximately 3 weeks later
- Implant restoration fitted 2-3 weeks later
- Oral Hygiene Visit with one of the Hygienists to show the patient how to keep the implant crown/bridge nice and clean.
Depending on how complex the treatment is, treatment time can range from 6-12 months.
My role includes, note taking at the assessments, compiling estimates, taking CBCT scans, checking patients have had and returned a signed copy of their consent letters, antibiotics have been given, appointments are structured, ordering implants for specific patients we mainly use Straumann, ordering bone substitutes and membranes, sterile surgical drape kits, varieties of sutures, saline…. the list goes on but I won’t bore you.
I love being a part of the implant team, it’s my favourite type of treatment we do, I have seen some amazing complex treatments, sinus lifts, bone grafts (harvesting bone from another part of the jaw), zygomatic implants (cheek bones), same day teeth (multiple implants and fixed bridge in the same day) soft tissue grafting, immediate implant placements and temporary crown. I love being part of the patient journey and seeing the end result.
The difference it makes to the patient’s life is massive from a cosmetic and functional side. Seeing how happy the patients are is lovely.