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Implant dentist James MacDonald joins the SpaDental team. James has been successfully placing and restoring implants for over ten years.
James took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about why he became a dentist, and then chose to focus on dental implantology. It’s clear he enjoys his work, and the reward of seeing his patients with teeth they love.
James: Throughout school I always enjoyed science and was set on eventually doing something medically related. I was initially drawn to medicine, physiotherapy and dentistry, but after attending a few career courses and work experience, I realised that dentistry interested me most – it was mainly the patient interaction and being hands-on every day. I didn’t really consider the length of the course or depth of study required – that hit me later on!
James: Not long after qualifying I spent a year working in hospital where I learnt further surgical techniques, and this piqued my interest in surgical dentistry. From there, implant dentistry seemed an obvious progression and, at the time, was becoming more widespread in the dental profession. Having the ability to offer patients such an effective and surprisingly simple treatment for replacing a missing tooth or teeth is very satisfying.
James: The MSc required considerably more work than I initially realised! I think having the knowledge provided by undertaking a 4-year course has allowed me to understand fully the importance of rigorous and thorough treatment planning, whilst being aware of any potential problems and difficulties before they arise. This means that the actual surgery of placing the implants and the final process of fitting the implant restoration are usually remarkably straightforward. I can be confident that the patient will leave having had a treatment journey they fully understood and with a product they are delighted with.
James: I’ve seen how replacing missing teeth in any form can be an emotional process for patients, whether it is a single tooth or a full mouth reconstruction. I think generally seeing a patient progress from a poorly fitting denture to an implant-retained prosthesis is the most satisfying – it certainly gives them more confidence and they often wonder why they didn’t do it earlier!
James: With two children of junior school age I’m not sure I get to unwind! I love being able to spent time with my family – whether that be playing sport, going for walks or bike rides. I have just completed an FA course in football coaching to help with my son’s team. Every Friday night I’ll be planning tactics and coaching sessions. Then, come Saturday morning, I’ll be left scratching my head as I realise my plans were all in the vain hope that 7 and 8 year old boys might listen! I’m not sure Jurgen Klopp has these issues…
Treatment with James starts with an initial consultation to assess whether the patient is a suitable candidate for implants or not. If so, James outlines a plan proposing the treatment and costs.
Prospective implant patients may be:
You may wish to ask the reception team about ways to pay for your treatment, including our interest free and low interest finance plans.
Please note that to ensure commitment to the initial consultation date, patients are asked to pay a fee for their appointment. The consultation fee will be redeemable against the total cost of the implant treatment plan.
To help you make an informed decision about whether dental implants are the right choice for you:
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Updated: 2nd August 2020
We are receiving a lot of calls and messages now, and are doing our best to follow up and reply to your questions as soon as we can.
Thank you for your understanding.
During our phased return to in-person service:
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