During this last week, Dr Wells completed an advanced 3 day clinical residency program in Melbourne, on All-on-4 PLUS implant treatment.
The course was an over-the-shoulder course with Dr Alex Fibishenko, a world leader in this field of full jaw implant rehabilitation. The course was an intense, in-depth surgical residency, and involved participation in advanced implant procedures, including special grafting techniques, sinus lifts and bone augmentation. The course is especially useful in that it showed the latest techniques available in allowing implant placement into places where bone has been lost, for example, the upper back jaw. That area loses bone quickly when teeth are removed and the sinus expands like a balloon to fill up the bone space.
Previously, once bone was lost in this area, there was not much that could be done in terms of placing dental implants, and options were severely limited. Now. we can grow new bone with sinus grafting, and place implants in these areas. The techniques are relatively quick and recovery is usually uneventful.
Dr Wells has obtained new knowledge and updated technology, whilst increasing his repertoire of protocols/procedures in this exciting field of dental implant tooth replacement.
Sadly, at least two of our patients lost their homes in the recent Blue Mountains bushfires. Many of our patients have had to cancel treatment until things get back to some sort of normality for them. Quite a few patients have had to move temporarily from the area because of increased asthma attacks with the pollution from the fires.
One of our patients who lost both her home and her car in the same fire, is anxious to get started on her new smile. She dropped us a line to make sure that all was still ready for her to start next week! The human spirit never ceases to amaze.
We are helping our existing affected patients where we can. Please let us know if you require assistance.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and colleagues that live and work in the Blue Mountains and towards Lithgow. We have had reports only of evacuations from our patients and colleagues at this point in time. All have been allowed to return home at some point. Many of our patients have understandably had to cancel appointments. We appreciate that they took the time out to consider us and let us know in advance of their situation.
God bless the firefighters and associated back-up volunteers who have worked tirelessly to protect homes, animals and businesses.