Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Jenni's Orthodontic Experience part 2

Just a quick update on Jenni's orthodontics treatment. As you can see things are moving along nicely. Jenni says that she hardly notices that she has them on now but is still looking forward to having hem taken off so that she can start tooth whitening. Dr Ratakonda, our superb Orthodontic Specialist, believes that she should be complete by December. Watch out then for an updated photo.



Tuesday, 24 May 2011

channel 4 dispatches

Interesting programme last night on channel 4 about NHS dentistry. I noticed that the undercover reporters were after root canal treatment in March when the dentists NHS funding was all gone and they were supposed to do hours of more complex treatment for free. I know ultimately they have signed the contracts so they should do it but I think this crazy system of funding should be partly accountable. Of course no one feels sorry for dentists (and why should they) but I suppose for anyone running a business where costs are going up (VAT etc) and fees are going down they get put in these difficult situations. This is the reason that I turned down my NHS contract. I dont have this dilema and if someone needs treatment I can tell them what is needed and how much it costs. I beleive that this way my patients are better served but I'm sure the debate will go on.


Friday, 18 March 2011

Practice Visit to WS4 Dental

We had a great day last Friday visiting out friends at WS4 Dental in Walsall. Dr Kaderbhai and Will Murphy have worked together providing implants for a number of years now and decided that the two practices should meet up for some informal proffesional development.

Will who lectures in Dental Implants gave a short talk to the staff about the provision and benfits of Implant therapy. Then the staff spent some time discussing the different types of implant treatment. They discussed situations where one tooth or multiple teeth could be replaced by dental implants.


Jenni's Orthodontic Experience

We now have our very own Specialist Orthodontist. Dr Ratakonda is a Specialist in Orthodontics and Facial Orthopaedics. This means that he has trained to the very highest level in his field. With the advent of clear braces becoming so popular,we felt that it was important to have someone who knows when these forms of treatment are appropriate. More importantly he knows when this form of treatment is NOT appropriate. It is often thecase that many patients will get a much better job (straighter teeth) by having wire braces than the clear gum shield ones. We feel that it is important that all practitioners are trained in all forms of Orthodontics so that they can choose the right braces for their patients. Don't worry though, these wire braces can be hidden behind the teeth (Incognito Braces) or we can use white brackets to make things look less intrusive.

In order to "walk the walk", Jenni has undergone a fitting of Ceramic Brackets. She will also keep us updated on her treatment through this blogg and our newsletter.

"The fitting of the braces was really very quck. No more than 20 minuites. The process didn't hurt but for the first few days my teeth have felt a little tender. Things have setteld down now and I just have to remember to do all my proper cleaning"


Thursday, 1 July 2010


As luck would have it, the sun came out all day on this 70 miler around the Cotswolds. You can't beat the scenery and the proper "Olde English" villages that you pass through. Thatched cottages and maypoles leave you inno doubt where you are. I like to think this photo looks like I have broken away from Alberto Contardor on the Alpe d'huez but it might just be the OAP section of the ride. Mind you even that was a bonus with my current fitness level! (I have paid for the picture by the way)

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are small titanium screws that when integrated into your jawbone allow us to fix teeth securely into the mouth.
Implants have a fantastic long term predictability and many implants are expected to remain in service for in excess of 20 years. Dental implants have changed the lives of many of our patients in our specialised dental implant facility in Birmingham and you can let them tell by logging onto our new dental implant website.