Dental & Implantology Unit at St James Hospital: Dental implants and dental treatment in Malta
The Dental & Implantology Unit offers an impeccable specialist quality service for dental implants in Malta, for general dental treatment and for cosmetic dentistry. Quality dental treatment, patient safety and the most tangible hygiene standards are amongst their guiding principles. They are committed to dental excellence and provide a warm welcoming atmosphere to all their patients.
The Dental & Implantology Unit treat all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry as well as oral surgery and dental implants.
Dental procedures and treatments
Cosmetic dentistry In Malta
Restoring teeth to their natural look is both challenging and rewarding. Within the Dental & Implantology Unit the latest techniques and materials are used to restore teeth. These include porcelain veneers (facings), all ceramic crowns, bonded crowns, bridges (conventional or adhesive), composite restorations and removable prosthetics (dentures).
The Unit's close working relationship with dental technologists ensures that the highest standards of function and aesthetics are achieved.
Dental Implants - Implantology
One of the greatest developments in modern dentistry, implants are titanium screws which are gently placed into the jaw bone to replace the roots of absent teeth. The bone heals around the implant fusing with it in a process termed ‘osseointegration’.
This versatile treatment may be used to replace absent single or multiple teeth as well as the complete dentition. The options available are vast and each patient may be offered a variety of treatments. The main implants used at the Dental & Implantology Unit are produced by Nobel Biocare AB (Sweden).
Root canal treatment
This involves the cleaning, shaping and filling of a tooth nerve chamber and roots. The Dental and Impantology Unit make use of recent developments that have dramatically improved the long-term success rate of root fillings.
Procedures such as removal of wisdom teeth, buried roots, cysts or apicectomies are undertaken by a specialist in oral surgery under local anaesthesia, with or without the use of intravenous sedation. The Unit has a dedicated set up for oral surgery procedures requiring sedation.
It is also possible to have the same surgery performed under general anaesthesia within the main hospital theatres. Advanced procedures (such as fractures, bone grafting for implants, tumours) are also treated, whilst complex cases are managed by a team of head and neck surgeons.
Probably the most important aspect of dentistry, prevention is mainly patient education, so appointments within the Unit are not rushed to allow the specialist dental surgeon to discuss preventive techniques. These include oral health screening, oral hygiene instruction, fissure sealants, preventive restoration and mouth guards for sports.
Gum disease may result in the early loss of otherwise healthy teeth. Its detection, treatment and monitoring halts the disease and it may be possible to reverse the bone loss by use of specialised techniques (Guided Tissue Regeneration).
Deciduous (milk) teeth are very important as they help guide facial growth. Early loss of baby teeth may cause significant problems with the adult dentition so it is important to look after them properly.
Our resident specialist in Children’s Dentistry treats the majority of the children within the Unit. Preventative procedures, diet analysis, fillings, root fillings, minor orthodontics are some of the procedures offered.
Treatment of phobic patients - sedation
The Unit is able to offer treatment under intravenous sedation and is fully equipped to perform this treatment in a safe hospital environment. Surgical procedures such as implant surgery, bone grafting and extractions are commonly performed using sedation, however it is also very useful to manage patients who are frightened of routine dental treatment. With the help of a team of four visiting anaesthetic consultants the Unit performs about two hundred sedation cases per year.