I travel an hour and a half to my practice so my alarm goes off at 5.45am and it’s a quick turnaround to get out the door! My first patient is usually at 9am and sometimes we do 3 or 4 implants within the one surgery sitting so my day can get very busy; I often don’t leave until around 7/8pm.
I work within a specialist dental house and our patients tend to differ from the general implant cases. When we’re working with more complex cases of say 3 implants in the upper jaw, surgery can be anywhere between 3 to 4 hours from start to finish. We do our pre-prep on the same day because often there will be so many instruments needed that if we were to prepare in advance we would be late for treatment!
Welcoming the patient
Prior to the appointment time (around 45mins to 1 hour) we give the patient some antibiotics and send them off for breakfast. Sometimes we are working under sedation so during this time the patient can also have a chat with myself and the anaesthetist to make sure they understand and are comfortable with what is going to happen.