How do on-site labs help?

The vast majority of dental practices in the UK which offer dental implant treatments similar in concept to EvoDental’s smile in a day treatment often need the support of an external lab to deliver their service. This means that patients may need to wait a period of time, usually a few weeks, between their day of surgery and receiving their new set of teeth.

Each one of EvoDental’s purpose-built clinics has a dedicated, on-site dental laboratory. With state-of-the-art CAD/CAM computers, cutting-edge milling machines and a team of devoted experts, these labs ensure that each one of our patients receives the very best treatment possible.

As well as this, our lab teams, which comprise of dental technicians who are amongst the most experienced with implantology in the UK, are always evaluating and developing our internal technology and techniques in conjunction with external providers in order to make our treatment even more beneficial for every patient.

Throughout the patient’s journey with EvoDental, our entire team of dental professionals support them in every way. From the initial consultation all the way through to routine maintenance, the lab team work hand-in-hand with the clinicians and nurses to achieve the best outcome for every single patient. Rather than one clinician taking ownership of the case, each patient has a dedicated and devoted team for their entire journey with EvoDental.

Step 1 - Initial consultation and planning

When a patient visits for their free, 90-minute consultation, part of the process involves taking a CBCT x-ray scan of their mouth. Combined with the conversation they have with the clinician, discussing their medical history, unique circumstances and their aspirations for how their new teeth should look.

Using this information, the dental technicians in the lab will begin the process of designing the patient’s new prosthesis. This takes everything into account, and the accuracy of the CBCT scan combined with the team’s experience mean that this process is done as carefully and accurately as possible. Whilst this is going on, the patient will be preparing for the day of their surgery and is able to communicate with EvoDental and ask any questions they might have.

Once the initial design has been refined and readied, all of the information and steps taken so far are reviewed by both the clinical and technical departments in a meeting called an MDT, or multi-disciplinary team meeting. During this time, the clinicians will sit with the technicians and make the final amends to the design of the prosthesis before the day of surgery. Every single prosthesis is completely bespoke and unique to the individual patient. Everyone’s case is different, and at the MDT the clinicians and technicians collaborate to produce a perfect prosthesis.

As well as this, the locations for where the patient’s dental implants will be placed is planned, and confirmed with the technical team – all of these measures ensure accuracy as well as the optimal outcome for the patient. The entire process thus far means that everything has been planned and prepared for, with every member of the team knowing exactly what will be done in advance of the surgery.

Step 2 – Day of surgery and manufacturing the prosthesis

When the day of surgery comes, the patient’s damaged or failing teeth will be removed and their new implants are placed, all in the space of a few hours in the morning.

A part of the surgery involves taking scans of the implant’s final placement using a technique called “photogrammetry”. This uses a special, hyper-accurate scanner to create a digital impression of where the implants are located in the patient’s mouth.

The technical team then immediately compare this with the CBCT x-ray scan which was done at the consultation, and overlay the final placement of the implants with the planned location. If any alterations need to be made at this point, they are done so right away. Due to the accuracy of the planning, these alterations are normally only very slight, and having a digital impression taken both before and during the surgery creates the means to design a perfectly fitting set of prosthetic teeth.

Immediately afterwards, the clinician who performed the surgery will visit the technical team and review the final design of the prosthesis, before the manufacturing process begins.

As an advanced alternative to a treatment like all on 4 dental implants, and, each one of our labs has several state-of-the-art milling machines, and these are able to produce a completely bespoke set of prosthetic teeth in just a few hours. The accuracy of the scans, design and capabilities of the milling machines mean that the day of surgery prosthesis will benefit the patient as soon as it is fitted.

The material used is a medical grade polymer, PMMA or poly methyl methacrylate, which has been specifically selected to ensure that it is strong, durable, lightweight, and looks & feels as a natural set of teeth does. As this will be fixed onto the implants placed during the surgery, they will allow the patient to enjoy a fully functional set of teeth, as well as having a smile transformation which will immediately change their life.

Step 3 - Finishing touches and fitting

Thus far, the entire lab process has taken place in our digital lab. After the short time it takes to manufacture the prosthesis at our facility, it then moves to what we call our analogue lab. This is the artisan department where the prosthetic teeth come to life by layering gum, polishing, and finishing the prosthesis to look exactly like natural teeth.

Our technicians will make the final checks to ensure that everything is perfect, and then the prosthesis is taken to the treatment room where the clinician will fit them to the patient’s new implants.

This only takes a short time, and immediately following the fit the patient will see their brand-new smile for the first time!

Afterwards, when they are ready to leave for the day, the patient will receive their first of 2 gift bags (the second being when you receive your definitive prosthesis), which contains all items to help them to look after their new teeth and rest after the day’s events. This includes a toothbrush, special mouthwash and toothpaste, care instructions and even a blanket to help them rest!

Dental implants are a viable denture alternative, and each year EvoDental perform over 1,000 full mouth dental implant treatments across our purpose-built clinics.

Here at EvoDental, we are always more than happy to help if you have any questions. We are devoted to making sure your journey with us is as comfortable as possible with the best outcome for you. With this in mind, we welcome every patient to compare us to other providers at their free consultation. In the extremely unlikely case that we are unable to help, we will recommend one of our partner dentists instead, meaning every patient will leave with information on what their best options are.

EvoDental Locations

Our UK 'smile in a day' dental implant clinics

We have 5 clinics across the UK, with our 4 purpose-built centres each having their own on-site dental lab (our Harley St location is for consultations only). These clinics are located in London Heathrow, Liverpool, Leeds and Solihull.

In each purpose-built clinic, our dental implant experts help patient’s to restore a full, healthy and functional smile everyday. Each clinic is easy to find and access, and you can request your free consultation their now.

If you are coming a long way for your treatment, we are happy to provide a stay in one of our partner hotels that we have for each of our clinics, totally free of charge.*

*Harley St clinic is available for consultations only and a free hotel stay is not included

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