Clinic Spotlight: Dental Treatment at Akadentia

Read and find out more about Akadentia Clinic and one of their dentists!

The Clinic

Akadentia is a private dental clinic based in the heart of Ankara, Turkey. Founded by two professors with over 20 years of experience, Akadentia recently also received the ISO 9001 certification.

The clinic prides itself on using state-of-the-art technology and the most innovative approaches to solve their patients’ problems. The team of dentists at Akadentia is small, but highly educated. The dentists actively participate in international projects, publish research work and are members of national/international committees. The clinic offers a variety of treatments, both in the fields of oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as in restorative dentistry. With the goal of providing top quality care and services to their patients combined with a wealth of experiences and skills makes Akadentia the perfect choice to get that million dollar smile!

Meet the dentist

Prof. Dr. Serkan Polat, DDS, PhD

Speciality: Dental surgery and implants
Operations in 2018: 1500

Dr. Polat is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Akadentia Dental Clinic.

An interview with Dr. Polat

What is your experience with international patients?
I had my first international experience back in 2012 at the St. George’s hospital in London, where I worked for one month observing and assisting during the orthognathic surgeries completed under general anesthesia and following up on the patients.

During the the past year we’ve also been providing service to foreign patients here, at Akadentia. Our clinic is located in a large business center, together with many other enterprises, such as, for instance, Huawei Ankara.

We have an agreement with Huawei Ankara, according to which we provide services to its local and foreign employees, including its Chinese management representatives.

Another enterprise close by that we are working with is Akkuyu Nükleer AŞ (Akkuyu Nuclear JSC) Central Ankara Office, we provide services to their Turkish and Russian employees.

We also have international patients from Embassies and Consulates.

Our goal is to become a leading dental health organization serving international patients. I believe that the agreements we signed this year will help us accelerate and excel in this sphere.

What do you love about your job?
When I plan an operation and perform it exactly as I want, in the end I love to say, “I managed to do it just like I wanted!” I love what I do, and it’s my favorite side of the job and a source of my personal satisfaction.

Why do you think international patients come to you?
We know that the quality of our services is up to the international standards. Because we trust in our quality and believe that quality is a lifestyle, we were audited in the year of our opening, on 06.11.2018, by the IAF and DAkkS Member firm Nissert and awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certificate.

We are equipped with all the high-tech infrastructure and experience available in the world. We operate on brand-new state of the art equipment. Just to give you an idea, all the waters in the clinic are sterilized by UV; we have a magnetic water conditioner installed. All the hand pieces are cleaned and sterilized after each patient, in Sirona DAC Universal. All other critical tools are cleaned in an ultrasonic device, packed with W&H Seal 2 and sterilized in the B class steam autoclave W&H Lina.

All our radiography equipment is digital, we’ve got cone beam dental tomography, CAD/CAM, piezosurgery, diode lasers and many other great contemporary equipment. Of course, our top-quality personnel are also a great example of our approach to quality.

Another reason for international patients to choose Akadentia, is the easy to reach city of Ankara. There are direct flights from 25 cities, such as Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Koln, Stockholm, Medina, Doha, Moscow and direct flights from 10 cities in Germany. Ankara is Turkey’s second largest health tourism city, after Istanbul, and serves as an important central point.

Can you tell us about a memorable treatment with which you helped to improve a patient's life?
Last year a woman came to our clinic with severe pain in lower and upper jaws, she was examined by Prof. Dr. Nilüfer Tülin Polat and myself. Because of the unlocalised pains, previously all her teeth were treated by robot canal; one tooth was removed and an implant was placed instead of it. Arthrocentesis was tried but unsuccessfully. She had botulinum toxin injections in her chewing muscles and radiofrequency therapy on her neck muscles. A number of other procedures was performed on her as well. She had Zirconia crowns on all her teeth. Our patient was using numerous medications, including narcotic analgesics. The patient came to our clinic in tears.

We examined her in a most detailed way and took a CT of her upper and lower jaw. One tooth with chronic infection was removed, all the crowns were replaced, occlusal equilibration was performed. An implant was previously placed incorrectly, as our CT and clinical examinations proved, it’s tissue level was placed at the bone level and exposed to the maxillary sinus, which made it possibly one of the pain sources, therefore, we removed it. Temporomandibular arthrocentesis was performed on the left joint and an Orthovisc injection was made. As the effect of the Botulinum toxin decreased and the chewing muscles started to ache, a Botox injection was made again.

Leukoplakia (from white patches inside the mouth) biopsy and culture was taken. We advised our patient to quit smoking. Although it was not a systematic problem, fungi appeared, and she used an anti-mycotic medicine. We still follow up on this patient, she says that 60% of pain has gone away and she was able to return to her normal lifestyle. She doesn’t want to be treated at any other clinic.

Biography

Prof. Dr. Serkan Polat graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry at Gazi University in 1996. He then completed an intensive surgical training program in implant surgery in 1997. In 2002, Dr. Polat graduated from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery PhD program at Cumhuriyet University. He then worked as an Associated Professor at the same university, before moving to Inou University in 2011 to undertake a full professor position.

Dr. Polat was also actively involved in the Council of Dentists Dean, where he helped prepare and propose the curriculum taught in dental school across Turkey. He has participated in research work, as a reviewer for journals, published his work and participated in conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Polat is also a member of several prestigious organisations and committees such as International Association for Dental Research and the Turkish Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Ankara as a travel destination

Ankara is the capital city of Turkey. Located in the region of Anatolia, the city is home to dozens of museums. Chief amongst them are the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the Ethnography Museum. Ankara also hosts the state opera and ballet, the presidential symphony orchestra and is home to the mausoleum of Kemal Atatürk.

About the author

Ifrah Khanyaree, Medical Content Writer

Ifrah is a recent graduate in psychology and neuroscience with a penchant for extensively researching and writing content that is honest and accessible.

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