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The University of Manchester is leading a first of its kind trial into the quality of life of people wearing dental implants.
Around 3.7 million people in Britain have no natural teeth and many find it difficult to wear lower dentures, causing problems in chewing and speaking that have a significant effect on their quality of life.
Most of those who have lost their teeth are over the age of 65, and the impact of ill-fitting dentures on their lives is so severe that the World Health Organization has classified individuals with such difficulties as disabled.
One solution to this problem is to fit titanium implants into the lower jaw to hold dentures in place, but this requires significant surgery, which not all patients are able to undergo. An alternative for these patients is to opt for newly developed mini-implants, which are less traumatic to put in place.
The University is working with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) to lead the trial which is the first of its kind to provide a cost-benefit analysis and undertake a robust assessment of the impact of mini implants on people’s quality of life, compared with dentures secured by conventional implants.
Managed by Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), a partnership between the University and seven leading NHS partners, the trial is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit Programme.
Professor Martin Tickle, a Senior Research Professor in the School of Dentistry in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, who leads on population health for MAHSC, said: “This pilot trial is one step towards MAHSC’s aim of improving quality of life and it is of particular importance for an ageing population.
“We hope the results of this study will inform a much larger trial that we hope to roll-out across the UK.”
The trial has recently started and so far, 16 patients have been recruited. Overall, 44 participants will be selected to take part, 22 of which will receive conventional implants, while the others will be provided with mini implants.
Over the course of six months, the researchers will follow-up with the patients to collect information on their experiences, including the level of pain they have encountered, their ability to chew, and the overall impact of treatment on their quality of life.
“When dentists try to help people whose lives are severely affected by denture problems, it is of critical importance that they know which product is most effective and best suited to the individual patient before treatment goes ahead,” Dr Craig Barclay, Consultant at The University Dental Hospital of Manchester, part of CMFT, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at The University of Manchester, said.
“We hope that the study will improve quality of life for patients with dentures, by enabling clinicians to provide the most appropriate treatment.”
MAHSC is one of only six UK academic and health partnerships currently designated as an Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) – a mark of international excellence in healthcare research – and the only one north of Cambridge. Its role is to join world-leading academics with NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups in order to ensure the best ideas emerging from the scientific community are translated into standard healthcare to benefit patients more quickly and more effectively.
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Denplan is thrilled to announce the launch of it’s new website. After much market research we have updated our website so that it is straightforward and easy to use for dentists, the practice team and for patients.
We have worked hard on developing a design that will now work against multiple interfaces: desktops, mobiles and tablets devices, which means members and visitors can use it wherever and whenever they choose.
There’s a great range of features on the site designed to help dentists run their business more effectively and the personalised dentist dashboard is home to unique support tools including:
• Monthly reports – so dentists can keep track of their income and patient numbers easily
• Patient registration
• Dental regulations and business advice
Patients are only ever a click away from the information they need, with simple navigation guiding them through Denplan’s range of industry leading payment plans and the benefits of taking a more preventive approach to their oral health. There’s also a new video suite with interactive guides to explain to patients:
• How joining Denplan works
• How their monthly fees work and how they are set
• How to make a claim
Denplan has also developed an interactive news hub, working in real time to keep members updated with all the latest news from Denplan and in dentistry.
Jodie Wilde, Campaign and Digital Leader at Denplan commented: “The new website is the result of a huge amount of research, time and planning, but we’re all delighted with the finished result. It was designed to make life smarter, simpler and better for all users and this is certainly something that we have been able to achieve. We encourage members and non-members alike to visit the new www.denplan.co.uk to see for themselves
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Every practice deserves the efficient dedication of a business partner that understands its needs. Denplan not only operates seamlessly with your practice, but we’re proud to be leaders in innovation, regulation and value-added services.
It has been five years since Dental Protection moved into its Edinburgh home, to support members working in Scotland, and it’s been an exciting and busy period. In that short period of time the number of dental members has doubled and staff numbers have increased to ensure that we continue to provide exceptional service.