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Aid

Implant

Dental implant aid

A charity specifically set up to help finance those individuals who would benefit from the use of dental implants.

Mission

To improve the quality of life of  individuals suffering with the effects of the loss of their lower teeth through assisting in financing and /or facilitating treatment with dental implants.

Where is the charity based? 

The charity is based in the South East of Scotland and for practical reasons is at present limiting it's operations to this geographical area.
Answering your questions

Advice to those who have lost their lower teeth and having problems with a lower denture.


The majority of patients who lose their lower teeth can usually manage to function with a full lower denture. By function we mean: eat, talk, smile, laugh and dentures can also appear very realistic which supports confident interaction when in the company of others.
Younger people tend to adapt and manage better with dentures which  is probably down to a combination of better muscle control and a better shaped jaw bone. However, following the loss of teeth the supporting bone will shrink over time and it is this process, active over many years, that causes most denture problems to be commoner in the older population. The ability to function can become progressively more difficult and in the worse cases interaction in company is avoided or the lower denture is just not worn.

What can you do?
If you are experiencing problems with your dentures then a general dental practitioner (your dentist) should be able to give an opinion. Adjustment of your present denture or provision of a new one may be all that is required to give you adequate function. If however, it is their opinion that your dentures cannot be improved upon then you may be better served by receiving implant treatment. If your dentist does not offer this treatment then they should be able to refer you to a dental surgeon who does provide dental implant treatment.

Is implant treatment a worthwhile option for you?
To answer this question you will need to have a consultation with a dental surgeon experienced in providing implant treatment. The risks and the hoped for benefits, would need to be considered and discussed.  Such consultations may be free of charge but usually will incur a fee, particularly if a written treatment plan, with costing is to be provided.

Implant treatment promises to give a benefit for you but the costs are too high?

If you consider this truly to be the case then you can request that a referral be made by your dentist or implant surgeon to the charity.
N.B. The charity Dental Implant Aid will not accept self referrals from possible prospective beneficiaries/patients.
For further information you may email an enquiry to: -

enquiry@dentalimplantaid.com

Answering your questions             Referring clinicians

To referring clinicians
Do you have a patient whom you consider would benefit from an Implant Retained Lower Full Denture (Implant Overdenture) but who is being prevented from progressing treatment purely because of the financial cost?
Dental Implant Aid (DIA) may be able to help.
Whether you are a provider of dental implants or not, a referral to DIA to include any relevant dental and medical history and the contact for their General Medical practitioner can be sent to the following address: -

Dental Implant Aid
C/o Stafford Street Dental Care
24 Stafford Street
Edinburgh
 EH3 7BD

What will happen next?

The patient will be invited in to be examined by a GDC registered member of the charity team who will assess the individual for suitability. Apart from an oral examination, an assessment will be made of the Oral Health Quality of Life (OHIP Edentulous) and usually other background health checks sometimes including blood investigations. Following this, a decision will be reached as to the acceptance of the patient for charitable support or not.

What form could the support take?

At one end of the scale support could take the form of the supply of implants only. At the other end of the scale support could take the form of full or partial funding of implant treatment provided by the implantologist of their choice. Ideally treatment would be provided by a clinician in the patient’s geographical area but treatment in Edinburgh through DIA could also be an option.
Decisions would be made on a case by case basis and would be influenced by availability of implants and funding.

What about the long term care of the patient?

Maintenance would normally be provided by the practice that placed the implants but DIA accept that financing this aspect of the care will remain an obligation of the charity up to a point. A figure of £500 would be set aside by the charity for every case treated to go towards long term maintenance costs.

For more information.  

For those queries not answered in the web site you can contact the charity via email: -

                                                                                            enquiry@dentalimplantaid.com


for potential benefactors


Cash donations can be transferred by electronic transfer to the charity bank account. For details please request via email below.

UK tax payers can enhance their giving by completing a gift aid declaration available also via email request.

There may be other ways of supporting the charity for example if you are a provider of implant treatment and you have ‘close to date of expiry’ implants or components these could be sold or donated to DIA.

We would be pleased to consider other offers of help or support so please use the following email: -
enquiry@dentalimplantaid.com

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The administration of the charity

Nick Malden leads a small group of trustees who oversee this newly created charity.  Nick has been involved with implant dentistry for over 30 years and as a part time  Consultant  in NHS Lothian he continues to be involved in the delivery of Oral Surgery and  training  within the specialty of Oral Surgery.
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    Nick Malden