IKON Dental Suite partnership with Ealing Half Marathon 2021!

We are delighted to announce our partnership in support of the Ealing Half Marathon 2021.

A fun and friendly run, the Ealing Half takes place on Sunday 26th September 2021 and helps raise millions of pounds for local, national and international causes.

Some of the IKON Team will also be running on the day.

Join us in helping support this fantastic community event.

www.ealinghalfmarathon.com

Gum disease linked to COVID-19 complications

The Times yesterday (16/2/21) included an article referencing research published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, the official publication of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP).

COVID-19 patients are at least three times more likely to experience
complications if they also have gum disease, according to the research.

The study of more than 500 patients with COVID-19 found that those with gum disease were 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care, 4.5 times more likely to need a ventilator, and almost nine times more likely to die compared to those without gum disease.

“The results of the study suggest that the inflammation in the oral cavity may open the door to the coronavirus becoming more violent,” said Professor Lior Shapira, EFP president-elect. “Oral care should be part of the health recommendations to reduce the risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes.”

Periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease, affects up to half of all adults worldwide. Periodontitis causes inflammation of the gums and, if left untreated, inflammation can spread throughout the body.

What you can do to prevent gum disease:

• Brush your teeth carefully more than once a day using a manual or powered toothbrush.
• Clean between your teeth daily using an interdental brush (or floss if the gaps are too tight).
• Specific mouth rinses or toothpastes can be used on top of cleaning to reduce inflammation (please discuss this with us at Ikon).
• Do not smoke, maintain a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet, exercise, reduce stress.
• If you have diabetes, control your blood sugar.

If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice or to make an appointment.

The full article can be seen here.

Introducing our newest team member, Periodontist, Dr Rajvi Patel

It gives us great pleasure to introduce our new Periodontist, Dr Rajvi Patel.

Rajvi has worked with us for some time and completed her postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry of Periodontology at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, last year.

Here are a few interesting facts about her you probably didn’t know…!

How would you describe your role?
Periodontist – diagnosing and treating patients with gum disease, recession defects and peri-implantitis

What’s the best advice you were ever given?
Sleep the nights to seize the day

Is there something that has made you smile recently?
My nieces!

What’s a fun fact about you many people may not know?
I was in an advert when I was 10 that was aired on TV – my first job!

Do you cook? What’s your favourite recipe?
Yes – Truffle Tagliatelle

What was your favourite TV show when growing up/now?
Friends – growing up and now

Cats or dogs?
Dogs

What or who inspires you?
My parents – who built something from nothing…

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?
Adele

What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Kind, caring, trustworthy

If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
WhatsApp, Instagram, Deliveroo

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Pasta cake

FoodSwitch UK

Although the official National Sugar Awareness Week 2021 has been postponed, we are promoting ways to reduce your sugar intake.

Everyone is at risk of tooth decay, but children and adolescents are most at risk. Dental caries are the most common cause of tooth loss in young people and people who regularly consume sugar have a higher risk of developing dental caries, particularly if the food they eat is sticky or consumed in between mealtimes.

Sugars-containing snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages have particularly bad effects on teeth.

For example, a switch from a high sugar drink to a lower alternative could save you over a kilogram of sugar a month; the equivalent of 280 teaspoons.

FoodSwitch is free award-winning SmartPhone app that helps you make healthier choices regarding not only sugar content, but also salt content and fat content of well-known products.

For more details, please click here to download some information or go to the website – www.foodswitch.co.uk

Make 2021 a year to really smile about…!

We can all agree that 2020 was a challenging year for so many reasons.

Although it looks like there will be a few more months of video calls and social distancing, we are looking forward to a happier and brighter 2021.

We also hope there will be a day in 2021 that wearing face masks will no longer be mandatory which will really be something to smile about!

In light of this, there may be no better time to improve your smile, improve your confidence and get ready for a new new normal…!

We are offering a free in-depth consultation (worth up to £140) to discuss the options available to achieve the best possible smile.

The first 10 patients to book orthodontic treatment in 2021 will qualify for a Free Philips Zoom! whitening session (worth £550).

* This offer is only applicable to patients that haven’t been referred to us from our partner practices.
The consultation fee will be refunded from any work undertaken.

The effect of lockdown on the UK’s dental health

The British Dental Association has reported that 14.5 million fewer NHS dental procedures took place in England between March and the end of August 2020. It is estimated that the figure rose to over 19 million by the end of October.

Owing to official restrictions, 70% of practices are now operating at less than half their pre-pandemic capacity. 55% of practices estimate they can maintain their financial sustainability for 12 months or less.

Prior to the pandemic unmet need for NHS dental services in England was estimated at over 4 million people over 18, or nearly 1 in 10 of the adult population with families in Portsmouth facing ferry rides and patients in parts of Cornwall round trips of up to 120 miles to access care.

The widely discredited, target-driven NHS contract – dubbed by the Commons Health Committee as “unfit for purpose” – funded care for little over half the population before the pandemic and prompted a collapse in morale within the workforce.

The BDA has urged current Health and Social Care Committee Chair Jeremy Hunt MP to resume the inquiry initiated in the last Parliament that was canned by the snap general election at the end of 2019.

British Dental Association Chair Eddie Crouch said:

“For many people dentistry effectively ceased to exist at lockdown, as a system already in crisis was pushed ever closer to the brink.

“The difference now is problems that have dogged families from Cornwall to Cumbria for decades are now the reality in every community in the UK.

“The arrival of COVID vaccines will not solve the problems facing millions of our patients. Sadly ‘business as usual’ in dentistry means postcode lotteries, failed contracts, and underfunding.

“The Government says the mantra is ‘build back better’. It must apply that logic to dental services.”

TV Chef, Dipna Anand talks about her experience with IKON…and gave us some curry recipes!

Fresh off the back of her appearance on James Martin’s Saturday Morning Kitchen, we were pleased to welcome TV chef, author and restaurateur, Dipna Anand to the practice.

She also took some time out to host a virtual curry night for some of our referring dentists, which was great fun – and very tasty!!!

To hear about Dipna’s experience at IKON, please click on the link below:

If you’d like to make one of Dipna’s delicious curries, please select from the Chicken Karahi or Paneer Karahi recipes below.

To find out more about Dipna Anand and taste some more delicious recipes, see her website or follow her on instagram.

Is age a compromising factor for dental implants?

Dental implants were first used and developed for older patients with one or more missing teeth. However, their success and broad use in dentistry in recent years, have encouraged dentists to also use them on younger patients in cases of trauma or because of other factors that contribute to tooth loss at a young age.

Dental Implants in West LondonIn order for dental implants not to interfere with jawbone growth, their application should be postponed until after the jaw stops growing at around age 18. Our implant dentists at Ikon Dental Suite will examine your teeth carefully and estimate whether dental implants may interfere with your jawbone growth. Another factor to take into consideration is the position of the dental implant (or implants) in the jawbone. Not all positions are ideal for regular dental implants, since they could jeopardise the neighbouring teeth. For all these reasons, a thorough oral screening for dental implants is really important.

Why are children not good candidates for dental implants?

In general, age is not a restrictive factor when it comes to dental implant placement. However, children are not great candidates for this procedure for a simple reason – their jawbone hasn’t grown to its full potential and this can hinder the process of ‘osseointegration’ (the fusion of the dental implant to the bone tissue). Since changes in the jawbone are really important for the functional and aesthetic outcome of dental implants, children and adolescents are not encouraged to undergo this treatment. Instead, the dentist will recommend an alternative, temporary treatment such as a crown or a bridge.

Choosing the best age for having dental implants

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as an optimal age for the installation of dental implants. In some places and due to genetic reasons (i.e. some people are born with very few teeth or no teeth at all), the dentist may proceed to implant placement at a younger age by taking into consideration all the limitations. However, these cases are very rare. Ideally, dental implants should be installed into the jawbone once full skeletal growth has been achieved for optimal oral health and function.

After the tooth has gone

You are young. You love sports. And you love your teeth. Unfortunately, you are now one or two teeth down due to that little accident you had. That’s the thing with sport, it’s never without risk.

You know better now and have ordered a mouth guard to protect you next time. But you are still missing your teeth and need to find a way to replace them that will be as little hassle as possible and last for a long time. How about dental implants in West London?

Dental Implants in West LondonYour dentist may not offer dental implants in West London, but we do here at Ikon Dental Suite in Ealing. We also act as a referral dentist, which means that your dentist can refer you to us for treatment. You can also refer yourself, of course.

What are dental implants in West London?

Dental implants are the only method of tooth replacement that give you back the entire tooth, root as well as crown. Your replacement root is a short post or screw made of titanium that we insert into your jawbone. The bone grows new tissue all over it, which holds it so securely in place that you will be able to eat whatever you like once your treatment is complete.

Having replacement roots helps conserve the strength and density of your jawbone too. Without dental implants, the area of bone around the lost tooth will deteriorate and shrink away; not something you want when you are young.

What about crowns?

Crowns are the white part of the tooth used for biting and chewing. We use dental porcelain to make crowns that will be indistinguishable from your own teeth.

Maintenance

Looking after dental implants in West London is easy. You just need a rigorous cleaning routine, twice a day, along with regular hygienist sessions. Your aim is to stop any build-up of plaque, which can eat away at your gums and bone thereby loosening the implants.

If you can manage that, and everyone can, your implants may last for decades, and maybe even the rest of your life.

A sound investment, along with that mouth guard, of course.

Brilliant, versatile, long-lasting dental implants in Ealing

Having lost some or all of your teeth, you are faced with 3 options for replacement. You get to choose between dentures, fixed bridgework and dental implants. In Ealing, at Ikon Dental Suite, we are seeing an increasing number of patients opting for dental implants. These patients come from our own practice, but many are also referred from other practices that do not currently offer dental implants.

Dental Implants in EalingBeing a referral practice means that we are approved as a dental implant provider by our colleagues. Knowing that other dentists trust us to do a good job allows you to relax and know that you are investing your money well.

But why do so many people choose dental implants in Ealing these days? There are some great benefits to be had from this method of tooth replacement that you cannot get with either dentures or fixed bridgework.

Teeth have 2 parts; they have a crown, which is the white part you can see that does the biting and chewing, and they also have a root. The root is anchored with fleshy ligaments into the socket, keeping the crown stable when you bite and chew. When your teeth meet together, as they do hundreds of times a day, the resultant vibrations that emanate into the area of bone around the tooth tell it to keep renewing itself because the teeth are still in use.

Lose that root and you have to find another way to make the teeth stable. Dentures rely on adherence to the gums, and give about a quarter of the chewing power. Fixed bridgework relies on piggy-backing on the roots of neighbouring teeth, which have to be ground down to have buttress crowns put over them.

Dental implants in Ealing give you full chewing power, superior stability and keep your jawbone strong and healthy.

Plus, they are versatile. One dental implant can hold up to 3 crowns on a bridge, and you can get an entire arch replaced with just 4-6 implants. We even have a way to use dental implants to stabilise wobbly dentures, so that you can get the best of both worlds.

Want to find out more? Why not come in for an exploratory chat.