Are You the One? 6 Questions to Ask Before Opting For Dental Implants Abroad

Before opting for new dental implants it is important to get to know your dental practitioner and make sure that you can trust them. Don’t just look online for the best bargain, instead shop around until you find the clinic that is right for you and able to provide you exactly what you need. Before embarking on any treatment we recommend you ask your dental implants dentist the following questions.

1. Is your clinic an accredited Dental Clinic Abroad?
This question is one of the first questions you should ask and will help to determine whether the clinic you have in mind is worth investigating further. Most dental clinics will be registered by their governing country, if you are looking at a clinic and they are not a nationally registered dentist then run a mile! A lot of the better clinics abroad who have experience treating UK patients will have some UK board accreditation. Often they will be members of standardising bodies such as the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) or the General Dental council (GDC). Look out for any membership of this kind and be sure to check out the standardising organisation that the dentist in question is registered to before proceeding

2. How experienced are your dentists?
This question will help you to decide the level of expertise of the dentists at your prospective dental implants clinic. As a general rule of thumb the more years of practise the better service you should expect to receive from your dental practitioner. The lifetime of your dental implants will very much be determined by the operator skill and as such the more years your dentist has been fitting dental implants the lower the risk of complications and issues during your dental implant procedure. A good question to ask is how regularly the dentists at your prospective clinic attend courses it is good to ensure that your dentists are aware of the latest techniques and are striving to bring the best and latest technological advancements to their patients.

3. How long have you been treating foreign patients?
The answer to this question will help you to determine how suitable your prospective dentist will be for you as a UK patient. A dental clinic with experience in treating patients from overseas will be well versed with the correct procedures required for UK citizens. In addition you can expect to feel comfortable with a clinic who has a wealth of experience treating patients from the UK.

4. How many foreign patients do you treat per day?
As a rule of thumb those clinics that see a very high number of foreign patients a day are not always the best option. Realistically a clinic should have a limit to the number of foreign patients they see a day. This will ensure that your needs will be met fully and that your dentist will be fully dedicated to conducting your procedure in the most suitable way for your individual needs.

5. What happens if something goes wrong?
A good dental implants clinic will guarantee your implants for a particular period. Usually this period is 5 years, during which time if anything does go wrong you can arrange to return to your overseas dental surgery where they will fix the problem for no extra charge. In order to keep your new dental implants for as long as possible you will need to visit a dentist regularly for after care and maintenance. A good overseas dentist will tell you the correct procedures you need to be following and will ensure that you are equipped with all the information you need when seeing your UK dentist for after care following your cosmetic dental procedure.

6. Can I visit you before making my final decision?
A good clinic will have no problem letting you visit before making a decision so book a cheap flight abroad, rope in a friend for a second opinion and go pay your dental implants dentist a visit!

Clinical Waste Disposal – Just How Important Is It?

There are several forms of clinical waste and each comes with their own minefield of waste protection laws and legislation. These legislations are often changing and becoming more and more stringent.

One of the most recent legislation changes is about gypsum. Prior to April 2009, waste that contained less than 10% gypsum was not required to be disposed of separately from other biodegradable waste. However, the law has now changed. Now any quantity of gypsum waste found in landfills is subject to prosecution from Environment Agencies in the UK.

Dental study models contain gypsum, which when disposed of with other biodegradable waste can produce a toxic hydrogen sulphide gas which is harmful to the environment. This legislations change means when you dispose of your dental study models you need to be aware of these changes in the law and make sure that you comply fully.

When you dispose of your dental study models it is crucial you abide by the correct protection acts and directives which prohibit the disposal in commercial and trade waste. Lots of dental waste contains mercury which is also controlled when it comes to waste disposal.

Dentists aren’t the only clinical practitioners that need to dispose of their waste carefully. Organisations which require nappy disposal and incontinence disposal, prescription and controlled drug collections, sharps disposal such as hypodermic needs, scalpels and blades, ophthalmic or pharmaceutical waste disposal all need to abide by strict waste disposal rules.

You will need to ensure that when disposing of your waste, you adhere to the Environmental Protection Act 1990, The Controlled Waste Regulations Act 1992 and the Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 – so that any form of clinical waste collection and disposal does not pose a threat to the environment or to any person.

There are many stringent legal obligations that you must fulfil at commercial premises. It may be, that rather than choosing to handle the waste disposal process in-house, you choose to use an outsourced waste management company to dispose of your clinical waste

You must ensure that the person removing your waste is either a local council, registered carrier or holds a license to dispose of waste. You are responsible for ensuring that your waste is disposed of properly and must ask for proof from your waste contractor that they are an authorised person.

So, to answer the original question, the disposal of clinical waste is very important and something that you need to take seriously. To ensure you comply with the stringent rules and regulations, it may be worth considering outsourcing your clinical waste disposal to a reputable waste management company.

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The General Dental Council to Stamp Out Illegal Tooth Whitening

While the argument continues as to whether or not over the counter tooth whitening products are both safe an effective, the UK’s General Dental Council have started their own battle against unlicensed and unqualified individuals offering tooth whitening services.

On the 26th October 2006 the General Dental Council (GDC) started their battle against individuals offering tooth whitening treatments when they are not qualified to perform the tooth whitening procedure.

It was stated that the GDC believe, in the interest of public safety, tooth whitening procedures or clinical advice about such treatments should only be offered by qualified dental practitioners. Any information passed to the GDC that might in anyway indicate that dentistry, cosmetic or otherwise, including any form of tooth whitening procedure, is being practiced illegally will be investigated.

It has been highlighted that under section 38 of the Dentists Act 1984 (as amended) it is a criminal offence for anyone who is not registered with the GDC (or, in exceptional circumstances someone who is registered with another dentistry body) to practise dentistry (which includes all work inside a person’s mouth) in the UK.

From the 31st July 2008 dental care controls are expected to tighten with no one being able to work in the dental industry, in the UK, including all dental therapists and dental hygienists as well as family and cosmetic dentists without being registered with the GDC.

Focus is also being placed on over the counter tooth whitening products in the interest of consumer safety. For many years ‘over the counter’ tooth whitening products such as tray based tooth whitening, tooth whitening strips and more recently home based laser whitening products have been recognised as cosmetic products in European directives. With new legislation in the offing the range of tooth whitening products offered within the European Community is expected to increase but with it comes the possibility of tighter controls over tooth whitening products that contain more than 6% hydrogen peroxide.

In the wake of such tighter controls will come the questions as to how dangerous are chair based tooth whitening procedures and what level of training is required to become competent in the tooth whitening industry. Also, will the ongoing increasing regulations restrict the availability of effective home based tooth whitening products in the future and will everyone in the UK have to fork out £500 a shot for the luxury of a whiter smile.

Preparing for Medical Emergencies the Right Way – With Immediate Life Support

Medical emergencies occur, sometimes inside hospital/clinical settings as well outside clinics or hospital settings. Many times, even people belonging to medical and paramedical fields, are not able to act expediently in medical emergencies spontaneously. What kind of training can make them more prepared to deal with such situations better? Who provides such in-depth theory and practical training to empower them to conquer the immediate threat, save the life and provide immediate life support until patient can be taken to critical care?

Resuscitation Council (UK) courses

Recognising the need for training during such emergencies Resuscitation Council (UK) accredits certain certificate courses – considered as standard for such training to deal with all kinds of medical emergency scenarios in a healthcare setting. Now the same level of training with in-depth theory and hands-on practical experience is available from premier training companies such as A to E Training & Solutions Ltd. There are special courses for medical personnel like general practitioners, hospital doctors, hospital nurses, private healthcare nurses and doctors to best equip them in emergencies for immediate life support.

Possible scenarios

Imagine a patient undergoing a procedure collapses suddenly; can the healthcare professional caring for them administer basic or immediate life support procedures correctly to reduce morbidly and/or mortality? Likewise, a community nurse may be stumped if an advanced-stage pregnant female needs emergent care suddenly. How to tackle such situations successfully? How to know what treatment is the right one for each scenario and correct sequence of administering it? Easy! Taking training with competent training companies like A to E Training & Solutions Ltd can make all the difference.

Choice of courses

What courses are there to make medical personnel more competent in medical emergencies? There are diverse courses like Adult & Paediatric Basic Life Support & AED, Comprehensive Resuscitation Services, and the Immediate Life Support course – a Resuscitation Council (UK) accredited course – a one-day course imparting theory and practical training for managing medical emergencies whilst waiting for advanced specialty care.

Elite courses like Advanced Life Support a Resuscitation Council (UK) Course – a two-day course to meet adult medical emergency challenges, Medical Emergencies Management & Preparedness partnered by Marie Stopes International, a modular course designed to meet the needs of those organisations operating in developing world environments, Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice a one day course designed by A to E Training & Solutions especially for Dental Care Professionals and Dentists, the two-day long European Paediatric Life Support are also available.

Why are they special?

Developed by experts, all courses comprise both theory and practical sessions that drive home the necessary knowledge and hone the required skills. With core contents, client-specific optional content & practical sessions, lectures, group discussions, workshops, and instructors who have undertaken a Generic Instructor Course (accredited by the Resuscitation Council (UK)) and who are regularly practicing in a clinical setting – these courses are the best options for medical personnel to deal with medical emergencies for immediate life support and prevent a poor outcome for the clients or patients.

When exposed to life-threatening scenarios, precise knowledge and practical training are essential and competent administration of immediate emergency life support makes all the difference!

What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and an Orthodontist? Part 4 (Using the Term Orthodontist)

Dentist? Orthodontist? Aren’t they the same thing? There can be a bit of confusion about the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist, so I have written a series of articles to explain things. This fourth article outlines some of the technical and legal aspects of a person calling themselves an orthodontist, with particular reference to the UK and Ireland.

In the first article, I explained that orthodontists are all dentists that concentrate their activity in one area of dentistry. In the second, we looked at the different special areas of dentistry and the particular things that an orthodontist would concentrate on. The third looked at the regulation of dentistry, and this article looks at the regulation of orthodontics and the use of the description “orthodontist”.

All orthodontists are dentists, first and foremost, and are regulated by an organisation which is set up by government to oversee the laws relating to dentistry – they would be considered a “competent body” in legal terms, and broadly speaking, they’re there to protect the best interests of the public, not the dentists. They see that dentists have achieved a minimum standard of skill and knowledge, and investigate claims that they aren’t conducting their work (or their behaviour in general) to an acceptable standard in different areas.

In the UK, this is the General Dental Council and in Ireland, this is The Dental Council.

For the practice of orthodontics, as with most other areas of dentistry, any dentist can perform it as long as they are a registered dentist, and their name appears on the “Dental Register”. These dental councils also operate a number of “special registers” with the names of dentists that they consider to be specialists in a particular area of dentistry. In Ireland there are 2 specialist registers, in the UK there are 13. One of these would be the “Specialist Register of Orthodontists”.

If a dentist’s name is included in this specialist register, then they have satisfied their dental council that they have a competency and expertise in orthodontics that entitles them to call themselves an “orthodontist” or a “specialist in orthodontics”. They can still call themselves “dentist” and “dental surgeon”.

The Dental Council (of Ireland) summarises its code of practice for dentists in the area of communications and public relations and includes this advice: “Registered practitioners not registered in the Register of Dental Specialists maintained by the Dental Council shall not use any form of words that could reasonably be interpreted by a member of the public to convey that a practitioner is practicing as a specialist.”

If a dentist’s name isn’t on a specialist list, then effectively their dental council doesn’t confirm that they have any more skill in orthodontics than any other area of dentistry. They may still be very good at orthodontics, but there isn’t a standardised register or other way of making this distinction. Some dentists might do nothing else apart from orthodontics (sometimes they may describe themselves as “limited to orthodontics”), and they might even have orthodontic qualifications from a university, but they can’t call themselves an “orthodontist” or a “specialist” if they aren’t on the list.

Dental councils generally are concerned that the public are looked after well, not misled or misinformed. If you want to check if a dentist truly is a specialist, or even if they are truly a dentist, then you can check out the websites for the dental council that looks after your country. In Ireland this is and in the UK it is and you can find more information on the subject there.