Fylde firm snaps up dental deal

Nigel Bannister with the new molar implants which he says will revolutionise dentistry in the UK.
Nigel Bannister with the new molar implants which he says will revolutionise dentistry in the UK.
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A FYLDE firm is aiming to get its teeth into a global market worth £2bn.

Grant Dental Implant Suppliers of Lytham has secured the European licence to a new implant which is set to revolutionise treatment.

The company, and sister company Dental Decontamination Ltd, which employs eight people, is a dental equipment specialist based at the Old Bakery in Green Street.

It is introducing the Proximerge molar implant into this country, a US third generation molar implant which MD Nigel Bannister said overcomes the drawbacks of traditional molar implants.

He said the current treatment for replacing rotten molar teeth at the back of the mouth is either a denture, a round implant or a bridge which involves cutting into two adjacent teeth. But the new device features a titanium base which fits into the jaw and a crown on top which is more the shape of a natural molar.

He said: “It is much better. With the old implants quite often people experienced problems after 12 months or so. Because they are round, food and infection can get in the gaps between.

“These new implants are ground-breaking. They are from America where they have been amazingly successful and the global market is estimated to be £2bn. We recently gave them to a Harley Street dentist to trial and they say they will now use nothing else.”

Mr Bannister said the implants cost about the same as traditional treatments, between £1,200 and £2,000 but should last a lifetime.

He said the company will be distributing the new implants across the huge European market and into Dubai where implants are free on the health service and so the demand is high.

Grant Dental is planning to manufacture the implants in Lytham which will create more jobs within the company.