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FGDP(UK) celebrates 25 years with Awards dinner

FGDP(UK) celebrates 25 years with Awards dinner

 

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) held an anniversary dinner on Friday 13th October to commemorate 25 years since it was established. Hosted at Drapers Hall in London, the dinner included three very special awards to reflect the everyday commitment of General Dental Practitioners to their practice and their patients.

Dr Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK), opened the evening by reflecting on the role of the Faculty now and into the future:

“Our anniversary celebration is a great occasion for us to look forward to our new future.  We are now laying the foundations for forming a new chartered medical college after 25 successful years at RCS.  

“It’s a bold step: one that we believe will inspire our members and open a gateway to new partnerships that promote professionalism in dentistry. For the public and for patients, a clearly identifiable, confident and active standard-setting body will help us to cultivate greater confidence in dentistry overall. We want to focus on developing the appeal of a modern medical college for new generations entering practice.

“We are delighted to award our Anniversary prizes to three extremely worthy winners.  Their own personal achievements mirror the quality of standards and the diversity within the general dental profession, and we congratulate them on their awards.”

Award Winners

Foundation Dentist of the Year – Claire Culverwell

Claire works as a Dental Associate at Crook Log Dental Practice in South East London. Her career began as a Dental Nurse, before studying Dental Hygiene and Therapy at the University of Liverpool. She then decided to study Dental Surgery at King’s College London and was nominated by her Foundation trainer, Baber Khan.

Claire commented: “I went the long way around to my career in dentistry, but I am glad I did, because I’ve been in contact with patients from the very beginning, allowing me to develop a range of skills. This award means a lot to me, because getting to this point in my life has taken great effort and commitment. I wasn’t sure I would ever get there, but I know that all the effort has paid off. I’m surrounded by people who push me to be my best every day, and I’m loving every minute.”

Community Dentist of the Year – Jason Wong

This prize recognises GDPs and DCPs who have made a significant contribution to improving oral care in their local community, and was awarded through a process of open nomination by peers within the profession.

Jason commented: “I am honoured that a colleague had the thought and put in the effort to nominate me and delighted that the FGDP(UK) panel chose me for the award. I believe that we are all part of a great profession and that all of us who benefit from being part of it need to put something back in for the benefit of the whole profession.”

Dean’s Award – Dentaid

The Dean’s Award, sponsored by Simplyhealth, was presented to Dentaid for their support of the The Real Junk Tooth Project in the UK.

Andy Evans, CEO of Dentaid, said:

Everyone at Dentaid is delighted and honoured to win the Dean’s Award. In recent years, we have become increasingly aware that many people in the UK struggle to access dental treatment for a wide variety of reasons and this has a negative impact on their general wellbeing.  Thanks to an incredible team of volunteers, many vulnerable people and those who could not register with an NHS dentist in Dewsbury were able to visit a dental surgery in the evening, without an appointment, and receive pain relieving dental care.  They only paid if they could afford to.  Over seven months 150 people received emergency treatment thanks to the Real Junk Tooth Project.  Dentaid’s next step was to purchase a mobile dental unit so we could bring a similar service to other parts of the country.  This unit also went back to Dewsbury in September when we treated almost 200 people in two weeks at clinics held outside schools, community centres and public buildings.  We are very grateful to all our volunteers and supporters for enabling this project to be such a success.”

 

As part of the 25-year celebration the FGDP(UK) will also host a conference on Holistic Dentistry on 3rd November in Solihull.

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Myths and reality at the BACD

Myths and reality at the BACD

 

 

The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) Annual Conference will be opening its doors to delegates in November. In its fourteenth year, the BACD Annual Conference is, without a doubt, one of the most highly anticipated events in the professional calendar. This year focusing on ‘FAB: Function, Aesthetics, Biology’, the fully-filled, three-day event will be bringing together delegates from across the country for some of the most exceptional learning opportunities dentistry has to offer.

This includes a schedule of exclusive lectures, exciting presentations and inspiring hands-on sessions – all led by some of the profession’s leading lights. The line-up this year is better than ever and includes such names as Dr Nikos Mardas.

Nikos qualified in dentistry from Athens University and completed first a three-year postgraduate MS in periodontology and then a PhD at the Royal Dental College at the University of Aarhus in Demark.

He has experience in private practice as a specialist periodontist and has been appointed a senior lecturer at the Periodontology Unit at UCL, Eastman Dental Institute, as well as Senior Clinical Lecturer/ Honorary Consultant  in Periodontology at Bart’s & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry at the Queen Mary University London. He is also The Educational Delegate for the ITI UK & Ireland section. All combined, this means Nikos is one of the most knowledgeable periodontists working in the field today, and he will be bringing this wealth of understanding to the Academy’s Annual Conference in November.

Giving a lecture entitled Periodontal Plastic Surgery: myths and reality in gingival recession coverage, Nikos will be giving delegates an insight into the advanced concepts of modern periodontal plastic surgery. He says, “Periodontal plastic surgery refers to a great variety of procedures designed to restore form and function, and improve cosmetic disturbances around teeth and, increasingly, dental implants. Various flaps designs, soft tissue grafts and substitutes, together with micro-surgical techniques have been applied to correct different muco-gingival defects in a variety of clinical scenarios, ranging form gingival recession coverage to extraction socket management.

“My presentation will provide a summary of the evidence on the predictability of current treatment protocols for gingival recessions, utilising different techniques and biomaterials. I will be showing delegates different case examples and discussing the pros and cons of each to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of different techniques in every day clinical practice.

“I hope that delegates will be able to go back to their practice and diagnose different recession defects, understand their predictability and the difficulties encountered in their management and guide the motivated patient towards the most appropriate therapeutic approach, based on an estimation of local and systemic factors.”

With such a compelling topics, Nikos’s lecture will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the BACD’s Annual Conference and will give delegates the knowledge and insight they need to go away and improve their daily practice.

Of course, the BACD Annual Conference is not simply one of the best opportunities for dental professionals to learn more about the modern profession, it is also a chance to see what the dental industry has to offer. Delegates will be treated to a three-day trade show throughout the conference, where they can get information on the latest technology and products on offer.

What’s more, there will be plenty of time to network with like-minded colleagues at any one of the BACD’s planned social events, meaning delegates will have a chance to let down their hair and reignite their passion for beautiful dentistry in a more relaxed environment.

Make sure you book your place today to ensure you do not miss out!

 

The BACD Fourteenth Annual Conference 2017

‘FAB – Function, Aesthetics, Biology’

9th – 11th November 2017

The Hilton London Metropole Hotel, London


For further enquiries about the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry visit www.bacd.com.

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A Thoroughly Enjoyable and Worth While Course

A Thoroughly Enjoyable and Worth While Course

 

 

 

Jaswinder Gill, Principal of Moonlight Dental Surgery, has been offering anterior alignment orthodontics since 2012. He enrolled on the 12-month IAS Advanced training course in 2015 and says:

 

“I was looking to take my skills to the next level so I could provide comprehensive orthodontics to adults and children who have been refused by the NHS. There are very few courses out there that offer this for GDPs, but the IAS Advanced came highly recommended.

 

“I had no idea what to expect, but training covered everything I wanted it to and more. I particularly liked that I could start comprehensive cases from day one, being mentored by Ross Hobson, a Specialist Orthodontist.

 

“The course was excellent – there is no other word for it. Ross is a brilliant teacher and mentor.

 

“I have absolutely gained confidence in my skills and I am now doing cases that I would have definitely referred this time last year.

 

“If you want to progress your orthodontic career as a GDP, then this is the course to do. It entails a lot of hard work and is not a walk in the park, but if orthodontics is your thing then it is thoroughly enjoyable and worth while.”

 

 

For more information on upcoming IAS Academy training courses, including the IAS Advanced,

please visit www.iasortho.com or call 0208 916 2024.

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A new movement in orthodontics is launched

A new movement in orthodontics is launched

 

 

 

New for 2017, Henry Schein Dental is delighted to announce the launch in the UK of Henry Schein Orthodontics, providing everything you need to run a successful orthodontic practice.

The new service offers an extensive range of orthodontic products from renowned  manufacturers, including bracket systems, buccal tubes, molar bands, archwires and intraoral appliances. In addition, exclusive lines such as the innovative Carrière SLX self-ligating bracket and Carrière Motion Appliance, which limits extractions and turns complex Class II and Class III cases into simpler Class 1 cases, will also be available.

Henry Schein Orthodontics will stage a series of educational courses featuring luminaries of the orthodontic world including Dr Luis Carrière, who will deliver a Carrière Philosophy course on Innovative Concepts in the Correction of Class II and Class III Malocclusions. Courses are running throughout 2017 at Henry Schein Dental’s training facilities and details are available at hsdeducation.co.uk.

To find out more about Henry Schein Orthodontics, request a product catalogue or arrange a visit from one of Henry Schein Dental’s orthodontic product specialists visit hsdorthodontics.co.uk or speak to one of our orthodontic team on 01634 266060.

All purchases of orthodontic equipment and materials will qualify for Rewards loyalty points. New members can sign up for Rewards today for free at hsdrewards.co.uk and automatically receive an additional 1,000 FREE bonus points.

 

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Twitter: @HenryScheinUK

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GDPUK Conference 2016 - A Huge Success - Join us in 2017!

GDPUK Conference 2016 - A Huge Success - Join us in 2017!

 

 
Over 60 members of the GDPUK Community gathered at Hotel Football in Manchester on Friday 4th November to enjoy a day of learning, networking and thinking time away from the dental practice!
 

The mix of education, personal stories and music made for an incredibly diverse and interesting day.

 

 

Chris Tavares remarked;

“Thanks to the GDPUK Team for the absolute wonderful day I had today. Dentistry's been tense lately due to 'non-dental' things. Usually when I go on a course I'm really tired at the end of day due to the intensity of the lectures. Today was different. I really needed a chill out day and today absolutely nailed it. The speakers did a fantastic job keeping to their remit and the delivery was excellent. The topics were all very relevant to dentistry but in, oh so different a way, than the usual intense clinical procedures lectures. It's what I call the 4th Dimension of educational topics. The outside of the box topics. Each speaker spoke for the right length of time and kept us all very much glued to our seats. There was education, there was humour, there were personal journeys, there was music. Very much how the humanity of being a registrant is all about. Each topic was very 'functional' in creating a great chill out, educational and social event. Also great to put so many faces to posters. Unfortunately did not manage to meet everyone.”
 

 

Mike Powell via the GDPUK forum stated:-

“An excellent day with a variety of topics covered, not all "look how excellent my work is"......The catering was also massively better than the norm, fillet of beef with peppercorn sauce anyone? Thanks Tony and all the others involved in organising the day.”
 

 

Tony Jacobs, MD of GDPUK was really pleased with the outcome of the day:-

“We are so pleased with the positive feedback from everyone who attended the conference. As always, it was fantastic to meet old and new faces from the forum. We believe the mix of speakers from within dental circles and a couple from other sectors, helped form a day that was insightful, entertaining, unusual and thought provoking. We look forward to hosting another conference in 2017, which will mark the 20th year of GDPUK.”
 
 
Thanks to all our members who supported the event and thanks to all the sponsors for taking part. Dental Elite, Denplan and DDU all enjoyed the day thoroughly and we appreciate their support which makes a conference like this possible.
 
As you can see the 2016 GDPUK Conference was fantastic but 2017, promises to be even better!
 
If you would like to join us for the 2017 Conference for what will be an awesome day, please follow this link and book today. Further info on speakers can be found on the site.
 
 
 
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GDPUK Conference 2016 - November 4th - Manchester

GDPUK Conference 2016 - November 4th - Manchester

 

GDPUK are pleased to announce - we are running a conference on the 4th of November in Manchester for the whole of the Dental Community.

We have put together an unusual dental event, with 20 minute timed presentations, with a mixture of discussion provoking speakers.

The aim is to bring GDPUK colleagues together for an educational and a social day, with time for food and drink in a modern setting close to Old Trafford, Salford Quays and City Centre Manchester, with all the transport links and facilities close to the venue.

The day is a great opportunity to celebrate the GDPUK community and dentistry. We also hope it is a chance for Dentists to meet up and spend an invigorating, inspiring and interesting day together. 

Please look at our minisite to learn more about the day. Full agenda and timings can be found on the website. 6 hours of verifiable CPD in a modern, friendly environment.

www.gdpuk.com/conference

 

 

For further information please follow this link - www.gdpuk.com/conference

 

 

 

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Upcoming IAS Inman Aligner Courses

Upcoming IAS Inman Aligner Courses

 

The IAS Academy is dedicated to providing a guided learning pathway that combines an ethical, supportive and educational approach with the use of effective, safe and minimally invasive appliances.

For general dental practitioners (GDPs) looking to make the move into anterior alignment orthodontics, the IAS Academy has a number of upcoming IAS Inman Aligner hands-on certification courses across the UK including:

  • 3rd June 2016 – The Ibis Hotel in Birmingham
  • 4th June 2016 - Cranmore Dental & Implant Clinic in Belfast
  • 22nd July 2016 – Windsor Dental in Manchester
  • 23rd September 2016 – British Dental Association in London
  • 18th November 2016 – British Dental Association in London

Once all GDPs have completed the course, online support is available 24/7 from IAS Academy mentors that are readily available to offer advice when and where it is needed.

“The online support has been invaluable for communication links with the trainers and has provided me with access to past examples of the implementation of the appliance,” said Dr. Yolande Mbappe, a certified IAS Inman Aligner user.

To book your place on one of the upcoming courses, contact IAS Academy today – don't miss out!

 

For more information on upcoming IAS Academy training courses, including the IAS Inman Aligner,

please visit www.iasortho.com or call 0845 366 5477

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Advertise your Course or Conference on GDPUK.com

Advertise your Course or Conference on GDPUK.com

 

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Get noticed by the thousands of Dentists on GDPUK every month.

 

Below we have put some excellent pricing for advertising on the site from April 16 onwards. We believe the site is an exceptional place to attract dentists who are interested in learning on your course or conference in 2016.

 

Advertise your course one month at a time, improved pricing offered for 2 or more months booked. Please get in touch for more information.

 

All advertising includes 2 PR pieces per month published on the site, which we share on social media to our 5,000 + followers.

 

Advertising Options start from £250+vat for the month

 

All banners appear in rotation with other banner ads throughout the month you book.

 

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“A superb course”

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Providing an in-depth educational pathway with multiple courses, the IAS Academy is dedicated to training GDP’s on the full range of orthodontic options, including the ClearSmile Brace.

 

Having previously completed training in several different appliances, Raoul Patel had been looking to build a foundation in orthodontics. 

 

“Wanting to build my skillset, I undertook ClearSmile Brace training to add a new, safe, discreet and gentle appliance to effectively treat more of my patients,” says Raoul, who took the conversion course last April in London. 

 

“The course I attended was excellent. It didn't waste any time going over basics, but focused more on diagnostics and the concept of anterior alignment orthodontics instead. 

 

“The instruction during the training was very clear and because you need approval before beginning a case, the IAS Academy provides you with a sense of mentorship and support which is ultimately invaluable. 

 

“If you are a GDP wanting to expand your orthodontic foundation, I would definitely recommend this course.”

 

To find out how you can develop your orthodontic skill-set using a fixed brace appliance, contact the IAS Academy today. 

 

 

 For more information on the ClearSmile Brace and upcoming training courses,
please visit
www.iasortho.com or call 0845 366 5477.

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Revealing occlusion

Revealing occlusion

 

Dr Andy Lane is one of the UK’s foremost experts on dental occlusion and he will be delivering a seminal session on this commonly misunderstood field as part of Step Education’s exceptional new learning programme. Here, he details a few of the points he will be discussing… 

 

“The relationship between all the components of the masticatory system in normal function, dysfunction, and parafunction, including the morphological and functional features of contacting surfaces of opposing teeth and restorations.” (Jablonski 1982).

 

This is an accurate definition of occlusion, but what we’re really concerned about when we study this field, and in particular, how we apply those principles in practice, is great dentistry. That’s dentistry that is appropriate and timely; looks good and feels comfortable; lasts as long as possible; needs as little maintenance as possible; and causes as little damage to other structures as possible.

 

“Occlusion” is a funny word, as in dentistry it means the way teeth bite and function together, but it’s also related to the word occluded, another word for closed, or hidden. Let’s face it; occlusion seems to be a subject that remains pretty closed and hidden to a lot of dentists doesn’t it?

 

Occlusion is really the secret of great dentistry. When we learn to understand occlusion fully we begin to understand that patients have been giving us multiple clues, both spoken and unspoken, that we may have missed over the years.

 

When designing the courses I have been involved with since 1985 in the UK, Niles Guichet and his Associates in NGA Seminars wanted to make very high-end, high quality, comfortable, long-lasting, aesthetic, functional, valuable dentistry available to all at affordable prices, not just to the super-rich in Hollywood as it had been. Great dentistry for all? It’s a noble goal.

 

The key to that kind of dentistry, the cornerstone, the guiding principle if you like, is occlusion. Without a thorough knowledge of occlusion much of what we do in dentistry is more unpredictable, open to chance, and potentially a lot more stressful. Occlusal principles provide the road map; they increase the certainty of knowing where you are, where you’ve been and where you’re going to end up.

 

As such, occlusion relates to almost every aspect of work that a dentist can carry out:

 

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: To provide great dentistry we have to consider the role of occlusion in the aetiology of disease and the effect that occlusion will have on the prognosis of any intervention.

 

Fillings: Whenever we restore a tooth we have to assess how well that restoration will restore the function of that tooth, including any contacts with opposing and adjacent teeth. Failure to do this might result in heavy contacts that cause pain, fractures or mobility, or spaces that create instability.

 

Extractions: Whenever a tooth requires extraction we need to assess whether the resulting space will create instability in the occlusion. We must ask ourselves: A) if an extraction will affect function? B) are we removing the only tooth in contact on that side of the mouth? C) if so, what will be the consequences of that action?

 

We will also need to ask ourselves if the muscles of mastication or temporomandibular joints are healthy enough to allow you to perform a difficult extraction (e.g. a third molar) without causing an exacerbation of joint or muscle problems?

 

Orthodontics: Any form of orthodontic intervention will have a potentially major impact on the way teeth contact and upon the function of muscles and joints; it’s a form of full mouth reconstruction after all.

 

Crowns, bridges, veneers, implants, dentures: Whenever we provide advanced restorative solutions for patients, we’re certainly going to be changing the functioning surfaces of teeth most of the time. It is, of course, essential to have an understanding of the existing occlusal scheme and the occlusion that will be required in the new restoration in order to either conform with it or to plan a reorganized occlusion.

 

Occlusal Disease

It is commonly considered that the primary cause of dental disease is infection, resulting in periodontal disease and caries; certainly this is the focus of undergraduate training in most universities around the world. There is, however, a much wider range of diseases and symptoms that can be caused by, or are related to, occlusion. This is particularly true when parafunction, occlusal disharmony or a combination of both is present and those changes are enough to move the body beyond a position of adaptation and coping into a diseased state.

 

The range of such diseases will normally reflect the weakest link in the chain for that individual, so a similar cause may result in a wide variety of effects.

The weak link could be in muscles, joints, teeth or supporting structures. When the muscles are least able to adapt the result might be a headache, when the teeth and muscles adapt the jaw joints might suffer, and when the joints, muscles and periodontal tissues are able to adapt well, in the presence of parafunction, the teeth will wear away.

 

Occlusion is important in all aspects of dentistry, and by understanding the fundamental principles of this field, we can ensure better practice in our everyday provision of better dentistry.

 

To learn more about Step Education visit www.stepeducational.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or call on 0800 130 3573

 

Andy Lane MPhil, BDS, DGDP(UK)

Andy qualified from the University of Bristol in 1978, was awarded the Diploma in General Dental Practice in 1993, gained a Master of Philosophy degree for research into the aetiology of caries and the properties of light-cured materials at the University of Manchester in 1999 and won the Manchester Postgraduate Dental Society Award for research, also in 1999.

He now works full time in general practice, has been fully private since 1991 and his practice recently became part of the Portman Healthcare group. Andy has been amalgam-free since 1991, and currently spends approx. 50% of his time providing fixed appliance orthodontics and treating chronic pain conditions of the head and neck on referral.

Andy is the head of Stockport Dental Seminars, which has provided training in occlusal principles since 1981, and was co-founder of the British Society for Occlusal Studies in 1986. As secretary of the society for 10 years he organised many postgraduate training courses, bringing many of the world's foremost experts in the field of TMD to the UK for the first time. 

Other positions held include founder of Private VT, Dental Vocational Training Advisor in General Dental Practice (NW Region), UK Chairman of the American Equilibration Society, Founder and Chairman of Dental Relief for Romania Appeal, leader writer for Dentistry Monthly magazine and founder/editor of the Biological Dentistry newsletter.

Andy's main hobby is classic rally driving and he is noted for having won Europe's toughest event, the Land's End to John O'Groats Reliability Trial, 4 times.

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“A high quality learning pathway”

A high quality learning pathway

“I was keen to take the Inman Aligner training course after attending an inspirational lecture by Dr. Tif Qureshi on ‘Align, Bleach and Bond’ at the FGDP,” says Dr. Rima Patel, who works at dental practices in Crystal Palace and Carshalton.

 

“Associates in both practices I work in had previously attended and begun offering the appliance to their patients – so there were always enquiries about it. I wanted to develop my skills, in order to also be able to offer patients what they wanted, rather than having to refer them to a colleague.

 

“I had expected there to be more people attending the course on the day – and the lecture to be more crowded. I was pleasantly surprised, however, that it was a small group, and that the lectures were of the highest quality. Everything was explained thoroughly and the hands-on element complemented the presentations.

 

“I would recommend the Inman Aligner training course to others, as I feel the IAS Academy has a structured learning pathway you can follow and the guidance and information provided was of a high quality and very detailed in nature.”

 

To discover what you could learn, contact the friendly IAS Academy team today.

 

For more information on upcoming IAS Academy training courses, including the Inman Aligner,

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Education of the “highest quality”

Education of the highest quality.

Dr. Rima Patel, who works at dental practices in both Crystal Palace and Carshalton, recently took part in the Inman Aligner training course, provided by the IAS Academy.

 

“I attended the Inman Aligner training course in December 2014,” says Dr. Patel. “I initially booked a place following an inspirational lecture given by Dr. Tif Qureshi on ‘Align, Bleach and Bond’, held at the FGDP. He was also offering a small discount to attendees of that lecture, so it presented a great opportunity.

 

“Several of my colleagues had already been using the Inman Aligner – so patients were always enquiring about it. As a result, I wanted to be able to offer my own patients what they wanted, rather than having to refer them to a colleague.

 

“I had thought that the course would be crowded, that a lot of people would be attending the lecture – but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a small group. The lecture was of the highest quality and everything was explained thoroughly; the hands-on element complemented the presentations very well.

 

“It was also great that there was a small trade fair running over lunch, which gave us the opportunity to meet and talk to different people from different companies.

 

“I would recommend the Inman Aligner training course to others, because I feel as though the IAS Academy provides a structured educational pathway for you to follow – and the guidance and information it offers is of a high quality and detailed in nature.”  

 

The IAS Academy provides a number of training opportunities, including the Inman Aligner course, that are designed to give GDPs the confidence and expertise to offer their patients more in the way of alternative anterior alignment orthodontics. A truly unique and dedicated learning pathway, the IAS Academy focuses on education as much as it does on effective appliances, ensuring excellent levels of competence and success.

 

For more information on upcoming IAS Academy training courses, including the Inman Aligner,

please visit www.iasortho.com or call 0845 366 5477

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Trailblazer Management Apprenticeship

Trailblazer Management Apprenticeship

 

Build on your existing skills by gaining all the business knowledge and practical experience you need to be the best dental practice manager you can be.

 

Plus, earn a nationally recognised Level 4 qualification with the ILM Certificate in Leadership and Management.

 

With only 3- 4 classroom-based days, held at Barnet and Southgate College in London, you can even hone your skills while taking next to no time away from your practice.

The exciting two-year programme covers:

 

Human Resources / Patient Care / Clinical / Marketing / Risk Management / Quality Assurance / Finance and The Dental Industry

The next starting dates are:

 

18th March 2016

13th May 2016

1st July 2016

 

 

Take the next step in your career and find out more about the

Trailblazer Management Apprenticeship today.

 

For more information or applications contact Barnet and Southgate College on 0208 266 4333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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‘A very impressive course’ – from the IAS Academy

A very impressive course – from the IAS Academy

Dr. James Tinning of Pinfold Dental Practice, Cheshire took the London Inman Aligner hands-on training course.

“Following a seminar I attended presented by Tif Qureshi, I quickly realised that being able to offer patients the Inman Aligner system would be a great skill to add to my armamentarium.

 

“The course was excellent and very impressive – not only an informative and interesting day, but also a really enjoyable one as well. Instructors Tif Qureshi and James Russell were very professional and they were happy to spend time discussing potential cases.

 

“The appliance itself is very simple to use in practice and I have been able to use both the online support forum and help from NimroDENTAL laboratory to develop my knowledge of the Inman Aligner and treating more complex cases.

 

“I was impressed by the IAS academy hands-on training course and I would definitely recommend it to other colleagues.”

 

Committed to providing the highest quality of training and support, IAS Academy runs courses for the Inman Aligner, ClearSmile Aligners and ClearSmile Braces. To find out more, contact the team today.

 

 

For more information, go to www.iasortho.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0845 366 5477.

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World-class treatment - Ten Dental / The Implant Restoration Course

World-class treatment - Ten Dental / The Implant Restoration Course

Dr Darshak Amin from Dentistree @ Horley has been referring implant patients to Ten Dental for approximately seven years: “The team at Ten Dental are always prompt, professional and provide correspondence every step of the way.

 

“Patients continue to be impressed with the service they receive at Ten Dental and feel reassured that their own dentist is involved in the treatment.

 

“Martin Wanendeya and Nik Sisodia at Ten Dental have a vast amount of experience in their speciality fields, especially implants, which means that I know my patients will be treated professionally, in a caring environment and to a world-class standard. In short, it gives me the piece of mind that my patients will receive the best care possible.”

 

Contact the knowledgeable team today to find out more about the comprehensive and personable implant referral service Ten Dental can offer your patients.

 

For more information about Ten Dental and The Implant Restoration Course visit Facebook/Implant Restoration Course-IRC, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit www.implant-restoration.com or call 020 7622 7610

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Professional, approachable and knowledgeable

Professional, approachable and knowledgeable

Dr Prash Patel from Beech Lane Dental has been working with Ten Dental and in particular Nik Sisodia for about five years. Commenting on his association with the Ten Dental team, Dr Patel said:

 

“They are absolutely fantastic. Nik is approachable, extremely professional and great with the patients. His help and advice on placing implants and restoration has been invaluable.

 

“Nik comes directly to the practice and has an innate ability to know how much to push me so that I continue to improve, and he always has time for my questions. I would feel comfortable and confident referring any of my patients to Ten Dental, as they always put the patient first and their communication is excellent.

 

“Our patients have all been extremely happy with the results and the service they receive. Nik is highly qualified and very relaxed with the patients, which has a positive effect on their experience.”

 

For more information about Ten Dental and The Implant Restoration Course visit Facebook/Implant Restoration Course-IRC, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit www.implant-restoration.com or call 020 7622 7610

 

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Pushing the Boundaries of Education and Training in Implant Dentistry

Pushing the Boundaries of Education and Training in Implant Dentistry

Clinical competency is the foundation for excellence in dentistry. Through high quality and on-going training and education, professionals acquire and develop the appropriate skills that enable them to deliver safe and effective dental treatment to their patients.

 

Particularly in such a fast-paced profession as dentistry, where techniques, materials and technologies are rapidly advancing and changing the way treatment is provided, remaining abreast of the latest innovations and ideas is vital. Not only does this ensure competency to treat patients in the most appropriate way, but it also allows practitioners to enhance the dental care and treatment they offer. 

 

What’s more, it’s important to develop knowledge and understanding in a broad range of areas. For example, if you wish to offer implant treatment to patients it is clear that you need to complete advanced training so that you have the skills necessary for the provision of safe and effective services. However, even as a GDP who doesn’t provide such treatment directly to patients, you still need sufficient knowledge that will enable you to assess the health of implant supported restorations that you may encounter.

 

Whether clinicians require education for the placement, restoration or maintenance of dental implants, it is paramount that any training completed is of the highest calibre.

 

Passionate about improving awareness of and access to first-class tuition in the field is Ken Nicholson. Ken is the founder of the British Society of Oral Implantology, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and a member of the Faculty of Examiners at RCS Edinburgh, amongst many other accolades. He is also the founder of SmileTube.tv, a learning portal designed to ensure practitioners’ competency in implant treatment. He says:

 

“The widespread use and published success of dental implant supported restorations is encouraging more and more GDPs to become involved in this treatment modality. A visit to the dentist’s section of the Yellow Pages makes it difficult to ignore the fact that an increasing number of practitioners are using the label ‘Cosmetic and Implant Practice’. Ensuring the clinician has the appropriate knowledge and skills to undertake dental implant treatment is of paramount importance.

 

“The GDC’s required learning outcomes of undergraduate education for Dentists: The First Five Years states that dental students should ‘be familiar with dental implants as an option in replacing missing teeth’. UK-qualified dentists are not expected to practise implant dentistry without undertaking structured postgraduate training and assessment of competence.

 

“The first step towards treating a patient is case assessment, where attention to detail and identification of the salient features of the case are essential. Even if a general practitioner does not wish to provide implant treatment, it is almost certain that he or she will be caring for patients with implant-supported restorations. A component of that care will be assessment of the health of the implant restoration(s) for which an understanding of implant dentistry is essential.”

 

For those wishing to perform implant treatment themselves, it is crucial that any training undertaken is carefully designed to provide both the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience clinicians need to ensure their clinical competency.

 

Through SmileTube.tv, practitioners have access to a structured, blended learning programme that is tailored to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skill to place and restore dental implants, in a safe environment. The course involves four online modules, which can be completed at a time and from a place of the delegate’s choosing for ultimate engagement and effectiveness of learning. Training concludes with eight clinical days where delegates can develop practical skills for placing and restoring implants, while under the supervision of leading implant practitioners across the country and with access to cutting-edge facilities.

 

“The SmileTube.tv ‘Ultimate Implant Year Course’ delivered in partnership with Nobel Biocare provides delegates with the core knowledge and competence in implant dentistry expected of a GDP, as described by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for the Diploma in Implant Dentistry at the College,” continues Ken. “The knowledge component of the course, and assessment of that knowledge, is delivered online through the purpose designed e-learning platform SmileTube.tv, and delegates are able to revisit any material as many times as they need for the duration of the course. The clinical skills component, and skills assessment, is delivered through one of a network of clinical training centres throughout the UK and Ireland.

 

“I believe Nobel Biocare to be a global leader in implant dentistry with a hugely impressive and well documented track record. It is a proactive, innovative and forward-thinking company keen to support education and training for the GDP, which arguably offers the most comprehensive range of services, products and materials in the industry. The latest implant design from Nobel Biocare, the NobelParallel® Conical Connection (CC) implant will be one of the implant designs used on the SmileTube.tv course and promises to be an excellent platform for the newcomer to implant dentistry.

 

“As Nobel Biocare has been innovative in its approach to implant dentistry, SmileTube.tv has been innovative in its approach to education and training in the field. We hope to develop a passionate, global learning community, pushing the boundaries of education and training in implant dentistry to provide a better experience for our learners and a safe and predictable outcome for their patients.”

 

 

For more details on the learning opportunities available, please visit www.smiletube.tv, email Janine our Learning Community Facilitator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0289 252 8522.

 

For more information about the exciting innovations available from Nobel Biocare, please call 0208 756 3300 or visit www.nobelbiocare.com

 

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UCL Eastman Dental Institute - Restorative Dental Practice MSc

Time is running out to register for our Restorative Dental Practice MSc - to start this programme in January 2016, you must complete your application by 16 October 2015. Find out more>>

This part-time, four-year Master’s programme enhances students’ ability to provide high-quality and comprehensive restorative management for the majority of patients. Students are able to assess, plan and provide quality treatment at an advanced level, forming a sound foundation for the restoration or rehabilitation of a compromised dentition in their own clinical practice.

The programme is delivered through seminars, lectures and practical sessions in state-of-the-art skills laboratories, providing a highly supportive learning experience. Assessment is through practical, clinical and oral examinations including written papers, presentation of clinical cases and a dissertation.

Graduates use the qualification to improve their prospects of moving to better dental practices, setting up their own dental practices, progressing to full-time Master's programmes and Specialty Training, progressing to PhD level, and developing careers in teaching


Year One: two taught modules, 60 credits, exit with Postgraduate Certificate. There are 28 contact days in Year One, including a compulsory induction and enrolment day on 6 January 2016.

Years Two and Three: four taught modules, +60 credits, exit with Postgraduate Diploma. There are 12 contact days in each year.

Year Four: dissertation, +60 credits, exit with MSc. There is a short (three-to-four day) preparatory course at the beginning of Year Four.  Thereafter, students undertake a self-directed research project during Year Four.

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UCL Eastman Dental Institute is the largest postgraduate dental school in Europe and has a reputation as one of the world’s leading academic centres for dentistry. As part of UCL – London’s Global University – the Institute welcomes UK and international students.

With a focus on translational research, postgraduate education and training, the Institute offers a wide range of study opportunities – Master's degrees, specialty training, certificates, diplomas, research doctorates and CPD courses – from its twin sites in central London. Find out more on our website>>

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CPD Survey

Do you think CPD is valuable to you? Are you interested in having your say on CPD? Then you will be glad to know UCL Eastman is carrying out a nationwide survey to find out your views on the current state of CPD.

If you have an opinion and wish to complete the online survey visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7YD9T9S.

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Expand your horizons with the IAS Academy

Expand your horizons with the IAS Academy

Have you been looking for a way to expand the level of treatment you can offer your patients? You can achieve this by speaking to the team from the IAS Academy on stand N205 at the BDIA Dental Showcase 2015.

 

The IAS Academy provides an educational pathway designed to give GDPs the necessary confidence and experience to offer alternative anterior alignment orthodontic solutions. From entry-level courses, to comprehensive advanced sessions, the IAS Academy’s training programme is suitable for GDPs with any level of orthodontic experience.

With training sessions led by some of the UK’s most renowned speakers, including Professor Ross Hobson, Dr. Tif Qureshi and Dr. Anoop Maini – among others – the IAS Academy can ensure an exemplary standard of teaching. And this support does not end after the training session is finished: through a dedicated online network, the IAS Academy promotes continuing learning and development, with all courses requiring the submission of at least two successful cases before full certification can be achieved.

For more information, be sure to drop by at the BDIA Showcase; we look forward to talking to you.

 

For more information on upcoming IAS Academy training courses, including the Inman Aligner,

please visit www.iasortho.com or call 0845 366 5477

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Don’t miss FREE September Seminars | Carestream Dental

Don’t miss FREE September Seminars

Providing you with all the information and skills you need to maximise your investment in cutting-edge digital technologies, Carestream Dental is running FREE seminar sessions for the CS 3500 intraoral scanner.

Giving you practical tips and ensuring you get the very most out of your equipment, the sessions will cover everything from benefits of digital impressioning to ensuring consistency of image quality and practical techniques when using the handheld scanner.

You’ll even have the opportunity to get hands-on with the scanner and experience the advantages first-hand.

Ideal for you and your whole team, the CS 3500 seminar evenings are completely free to attend. The CS 3500 intraoral scanner comes with a dedicated laptop and software, and there is even now 0% interest-free credit available, so you’ll have everything you need to get started!

The autumn / winter meetings will be held 6.30pm – 9.00pm on:

  • 17th Sept - Jersey
  • 22nd Sept – Derby
  • 6th Oct - Cheltenham
  • 7th Oct - Haydock
  • 8th Oct - Oxford
  • 28th Oct - Norwich
  • 29th Oct - Kent
  • 11th Nov - Bath

 

To book your free place please call 0800 169 9692.

 

 

For more information please contact Carestream Dental on

0800 169 9692 or visit www.carestreamdental.co.uk

For all the latest news and updates, follow us on Twitter @CarestreamDentl and Facebook 

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If patients wrote dental information leaflets

Listen carefully - We'll be asking questions later

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An excellent event – CIC 2015, from Healthcare Learning

An excellent event – CIC 2015, from Healthcare Learning

Brought to you by Healthcare Learning in association with Sterling Dental Group and Practice Plan, the Clinical Innovations Conference (CIC) 2015 presented some of the industry’s most exciting innovations and latest technologies. Not only this, but the event gave attendees an excellent opportunity to gain up to 14 hours of verifiable CPD, in the form of a dynamic and eclectic lecture programme.

 

Included amongst a prodigious line-up of leading speakers were Chris Barrow, Dr Komal Suri, Bob McLelland, Sheila Scott, Jansie Van Rensberg and Tony Knight. The topics of their presentations were truly diverse and catered to a wide range of interests and specialities – but were united by truly forward-thinking philosophies.

 

The event was perfectly balanced by the Clinical Innovations Awards, held on the Friday evening in association with MyDentist. A chance to celebrate some of the achievements and innovative successes in the profession last year, it also gave delegates the opportunity to relax and network with like-minded colleagues.

 

Be sure to keep up to date with Healthcare Learning for information about next year’s event – sure to be as inspiring and educational as this year’s. Don’t miss out!

 

For more information call 020 7400 8989, visit www.healthcare-learning.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And follow us on twitter for all the latest @smileonnews @hlc_smileon

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Add value to patient care with Ten Dental

Add value to patient care with Ten Dental

Dr Senthan Perinparajah from Smiles Dental Epsom has been particularly impressed with the in-depth and comprehensive nature of the Implant Restoration Course run by the experts at Ten Dental:

 

“I attended the first course in 2013 with the aim of improving my skill set and providing an additional service to my patients.

“It was fantastic and the tutoring knowledge of Dr Nik Sisodia and Dr Martin Wanendeya was excellent. They provided me with a comprehensive foundation to implant restoration, and through the hands-on elements of the course I am much more confident in placing implant restorations.

“The intimate, almost one-to-one training provided by Nik and Martin allowed me to clarify any queries that I had, and I now have an increased understanding of how to restore more extensive complex cases.

“Offering implant restorations in the practice has added more value to the patient care we are able to provide, as being their referring dentist I have been involved with their treatment from beginning to end.”

 

For more information about Ten Dental and The Implant Restoration Course visit Facebook/Implant Restoration Course-IRC, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit www.implant-restoration.com or call 020 7622 7610

 

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Reducing the Burdens of Business | Rodericks Limited

Reducing the Burdens of Business | Rodericks Limited

Does your practice pride itself on the provision of high quality patient care and treatment? Are you looking to reduce the burdens of running a business in order to focus on dentistry?

 

At Rodericks Ltd, we share your ethos and passion for excellence. Every practice within the group is dedicated to delivering first-class clinical and patient care, with quality training and outstanding service at the heart of everything we do.

By joining the group, you can not only benefit from more educational opportunities, but also enjoy less administrative and regulatory responsibilities. You will have the time and the resources to concentrate on what you do best – providing excellent dentistry and services to all your patients.

Owned and run by practising dentists, the team at Rodericks Ltd understands what it will take to retain and build on your practice’s legacy and reputation, and seeks to do just this.

If you are interested in joining the team, we would be very pleased from you.

 

  For more information please visit www.rodericksdental.co.uk, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01604 602491.

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Combined cases from IAS Academy

Offer patients a comprehensive treatment solution with the Inman Aligner and ClearSmile Aligners. Designed to be predictable, simple and affordable, both the Inman Aligner and ClearSmile Aligners produce fantastic results every time.
 

Combined cases can also be produced from one set of impressions by sending to the ClearSmile lab. You will receive the Inman Aligner produced by a certified Inman Aligner lab and the ClearSmile Aligners in the same package, all built on the same digital arch evaluation.

Become a certified user of Inman Aligner and ClearSmile Aligners by attending one of IAS Academy’s hands-on or online courses. All aspects of treatment are covered from case evaluation to fitting and retention, so that you will be able to handle simple to moderate cases immediately.

Come and learn from leading clinicians and instructors in the field, as well as benefitting from case assessment and mentoring via online support. IAS Academy offers dentists a complete orthodontic training pathway from simple to complex systems, so you can be assured every aspect will be covered comprehensively.

Find out more today – build loyalty, attract new patients and ensure continued profitability of your practice by offering Inman Aligner and ClearSmile Aligners.

 

For information on the IAS Academy, visit www.iasortho.com or call 0845 366 5477.

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Technology and education: Improving patient care - Dr Amit Patel and Donna Schembri

Technology and education: Improving patient care

Speaking at EuroPerio8 on Thursday June 4th, Dr Amit Patel and Donna Schembri explored the concept of ‘Seeing the Unseen’ - Utilising Fluorescent Technology for Optimal Periodontal Care.

 

With the two speakers covering the subjects of diagnosis, communication and the treatment of periodontal disease and peri-implantitis, the message was clear: innovation changes products and progress changes behaviours.

 

Studies have shown that 40 - 80% of information is forgotten immediately by patients[i]. Donna therefore noted that if you want your patients to be better informed about periodontal disease, you need to find better ways to enhance their understanding. By replacing dental jargon with emotive wording and replacing negative and daunting connotations of treatment with positivity, this has the potential to empower and motivate your patients - increasing your chance of success and improving overall patient care.

 

With comfort and increased effectiveness at the forefront of innovation, Donna and Amit firmly believe that by using the right technology and products you can minimise the presence of plaque on teeth and dental implants: achieving the ultimate goal of tooth loss prevention.

 

Using photos and videos for examples, the fluorescence protocol was put to the test with demonstrations of how pioneering products can be utilised to treat and maintain periodontal disease effectively. Both speakers also highlighted the need for

continued focus on educating patients about the differences between supragingival cleaning, subgingival cleaning, root planning, use of medication and x-ray and follow up treatment. They need to be informed of the benefits of prophylaxis as well; those being tartar removal, aesthetics and fresher breath.

 

Examples of cutting-edge products mentioned included Acteon’s Newtron P5xs ultrasonic generator, the Air n Go easy airpolisher and the Soprocare - which utilises state of the art photonics technologies. With products like these, patients can reap the benefits of accurate detection, quick visual follow up, comfort, oral hygiene education and complete removal of plaque and stains with minimally invasive treatment.

 

As the question and answering session post lecture depicted, the main concerns highlighted among professionals included patient’s lack of understanding. “It is a relationship,” Dr Amit Patel explained, “Give them the tools to do it themselves and lead them in the right direction.”

 

It would seem then that the answer to better patient care is twofold: improve patient understanding and rapport to empower patients to look after themselves and utilise technology to see better and treat faster.

 

On Saturday June 6th, Ziv Mazor examined the concept of Minimal Invasive Surgery Utilizing Piezo Surgical Device - Optimizing Biological and Functional Outcome in the Posterior Maxilla, once again sponsored by Acteon.

 

In order to explore invasive surgery, Mazor first identified potential obstacles that can occur during treatment.

 

He noted that implant placement in the atrophic posterior maxilla often causes complications due to the quality and volume of the bone that is available. With the height and width of the residual ridge being affected by post-extraction resorption patterns, physical trauma, periodontal disease and pneumatisation of the sinus, he highlighted that longer and wider implants are needed to enhance long-term survival.

 

Research points towards infected sockets being the most common cause of post-extraction complications, with a study showing a percentage of 48.7. Bleeding sockets came second with 41% and retained roots caused 10.3% of problems[ii].

Recent innovation in this area highlights that trauma to the tissues and the underling bone can be eliminated, minimising both the procedure time and post-operative complications.

 

With sinus lifts and osteotome techniques often being associated with higher morbidity rates and complication risks, technological advances are a revelation in achieving a reduced risk and high standard of patient care.

 

Mazor went on to suggest that with the use of reliable, powerful and simple products such as Piezotome® ultrasonic surgery unit from Acteon, there are fewer complications and emphasis can be instead placed on the application of autologous growth factors. By utilising the sinus lift balloon technique, patients can also benefit from the reduction of risk to damage of the Schneiderian membrane. An example of this product is the Sinus Lift Kit by Acteon, which offers the practitioner a straightforward and safe answer to the sinus lift operation.

 

The point of this lecture was clear: in reducing complications with the aid of innovative technology, ultimate function of patient dentition can be reached in a shorter time period and risk-free way.

 

Thus there is a noticeable change in the direction of periodontology. The products that are being developed are innovative and effective not just because of what they can do for professionals, but also for how they engage and empower the patient.

 

For more information on products available email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 01603 227019 or visit www.acteongroup.com

 



[i] Patient’s memory for medical information. Journal Of The Royal Society Of Medicine. Roy PC Kessels. May 2003; 96 (5): 219-222.

Accessed 5th May 2015 on www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc539473/

[ii] Post-extraction complications seen at a referral dental clinic in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. International Dental Journal. Volume 51, Issue 4, Pages 273-276, August 2001. Elison Simon and Dr. Mecky Matee. Article accessed online on June 5th 2015. Onlinelibrary.wiley.com.doi.10.1002/j.1875-595x.2001.tb00837.x/abstract.

 

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Pushing the Boundaries of Education and Training in Implant Dentistry

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Clinical competency is the foundation for excellence in dentistry. Through high quality and on-going training and education, professionals acquire and develop the appropriate skills that enable them to deliver safe and effective dental treatment to their patients.

 

Particularly in such a fast-paced profession as dentistry, where techniques, materials and technologies are rapidly advancing and changing the way treatment is provided, remaining abreast of the latest innovations and ideas is vital. Not only does this ensure competency to treat patients in the most appropriate way, but it also allows practitioners to enhance the dental care and treatment they offer. 

 

What’s more, it’s important to develop knowledge and understanding in a broad range of areas. For example, if you wish to offer implant treatment to patients it is clear that you need to complete advanced training so that you have the skills necessary for the provision of safe and effective services. However, even as a GDP who doesn’t provide such treatment directly to patients, you still need sufficient knowledge that will enable you to assess the health of implant supported restorations that you may encounter.

 

Whether clinicians require education for the placement, restoration or maintenance of dental implants, it is paramount that any training completed is of the highest calibre.

 

Passionate about improving awareness of and access to first-class tuition in the field is Ken Nicholson. Ken is the founder of the British Society of Oral Implantology, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and a member of the Faculty of Examiners at RCS Edinburgh, amongst many other accolades. He is also the founder of SmileTube.tv, a learning portal designed to ensure practitioners’ competency in implant treatment. He says:

 

“The widespread use and published success of dental implant supported restorations is encouraging more and more GDPs to become involved in this treatment modality. A visit to the dentist’s section of the Yellow Pages makes it difficult to ignore the fact that an increasing number of practitioners are using the label ‘Cosmetic and Implant Practice’. Ensuring the clinician has the appropriate knowledge and skills to undertake dental implant treatment is of paramount importance.

 

“The GDC’s required learning outcomes of undergraduate education for Dentists: The First Five Years states that dental students should ‘be familiar with dental implants as an option in replacing missing teeth’. UK-qualified dentists are not expected to practise implant dentistry without undertaking structured postgraduate training and assessment of competence.

 

“The first step towards treating a patient is case assessment, where attention to detail and identification of the salient features of the case are essential. Even if a general practitioner does not wish to provide implant treatment, it is almost certain that he or she will be caring for patients with implant-supported restorations. A component of that care will be assessment of the health of the implant restoration(s) for which an understanding of implant dentistry is essential.”

 

For those wishing to perform implant treatment themselves, it is crucial that any training undertaken is carefully designed to provide both the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience clinicians need to ensure their clinical competency.

 

Through SmileTube.tv, practitioners have access to a structured, blended learning programme that is tailored to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skill to place and restore dental implants, in a safe environment. The course involves four online modules, which can be completed at a time and from a place of the delegate’s choosing for ultimate engagement and effectiveness of learning. Training concludes with eight clinical days where delegates can develop practical skills for placing and restoring implants, while under the supervision of leading implant practitioners across the country and with access to cutting-edge facilities.

 

“The SmileTube.tv ‘Ultimate Implant Year Course’ delivered in partnership with Nobel Biocare provides delegates with the core knowledge and competence in implant dentistry expected of a GDP, as described by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for the Diploma in Implant Dentistry at the College,” continues Ken. “The knowledge component of the course, and assessment of that knowledge, is delivered online through the purpose designed e-learning platform SmileTube.tv, and delegates are able to revisit any material as many times as they need for the duration of the course. The clinical skills component, and skills assessment, is delivered through one of a network of clinical training centres throughout the UK and Ireland.

 

“I believe Nobel Biocare to be a global leader in implant dentistry with a hugely impressive and well documented track record. It is a proactive, innovative and forward-thinking company keen to support education and training for the GDP, which arguably offers the most comprehensive range of services, products and materials in the industry. The latest implant design from Nobel Biocare, the NobelParallel® Conical Connection (CC) implant will be one of the implant designs used on the SmileTube.tv course and promises to be an excellent platform for the newcomer to implant dentistry.

 

“As Nobel Biocare has been innovative in its approach to implant dentistry, SmileTube.tv has been innovative in its approach to education and training in the field. We hope to develop a passionate, global learning community, pushing the boundaries of education and training in implant dentistry to provide a better experience for our learners and a safe and predictable outcome for their patients.”

 

 

For more details on the learning opportunities available, please visit www.smiletube.tv, email Janine our Learning Community Facilitator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0289 252 8522.

 

For more information about the exciting innovations available from Nobel Biocare, please call 0208 756 3300 or visit www.nobelbiocare.com

 

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Applications now open for The Association of Dental Groups 2016 Bursary Awards!

The Association of Dental Groups

Following the success of the 2015 Bursary Awards, the Association of Dental Groups (ADG) would like to announce that applications for 2016 are now open.

 

Each year, ADG seeks to find the most innovative and inspirational voluntary projects from young dental professionals in the UK through its annual Bursary competition. Divided into separate categories for Postgraduate and Undergraduate entries, all submissions will be judged anonymously by an expert panel, with prizes awarded to the winning applicants.

 

The ADG’s commitment to developing the clinicians of tomorrow is epitomised by its annual awards, which give young dental professionals the opportunity to be recognised for a specific project or for their own pioneering ideas.

 

Applications for the 2016 Bursary Award are now open and entries can be completed using the forms available via the ADG website. If you are interested in entering, or know of someone who might be, visit the website today to find out more.

 

For more information about the ADG visit www.dentalgroups.co.uk.

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Book today! 2013 Annenberg Lecture Day

On Friday 28th June 2013 at the RAF Museum, Colindale, London.

 

Alpha Omega’s London Chapter are delighted that the keynote speaker at this year’s Annenberg lecture is none other than Dr Didier Dietschi – one of the worlds key opinion leaders in aesthetic restorative dentistry.

 

Dr Didier Dietschi’s “New developments and applications in Adhesive Dentistry” promises to provide a true educational insight for delegates, passing on hints and tips to enhance the quality and aesthetics of your dentistry.

 

This is a unique opportunity not to be missed. To ensure your place register today at www.alphaomegauk.co.uk

 

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Thinking Outside the box

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Which voice rules UK healthcare?

 

The NHS remains an institution loved overall by so many in Britain. Yet in 2013, more and more reports and comments remind us that the system is not always offering the best for patients. The voices of the professional and the voices of the patients are ignored these days, even though the leaders say those inputs are received. Only one voice rules, those of the healthcare technocrats.

One aspect is that an element of harm is allowed to occur to patients, unbelievably it is seen as the norm by the managers, this failing is enshrined in the NHS Constitution “The NHS aspires to put patients at the heart of everything it does”.  Sadly it is only aspiring.

In a major speech reported widely in early May, David Prior, Chair of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reminded us the CQC has already found around 20% of hospitals are “not terribly good” and a further 20% are “coasting along . . not doing terribly well”.

Yet these hospitals seem to have billions spent on them, thousands of managers, yet the system is failing the most important people, the patients. If you buy a fridge and the fridge goes wrong, you can complain, you can always buy a new one. In healthcare, if the end result goes wrong, you may die. This has happened to thousands of people in the UK already.

In dentistry, fortunately, thousands do not die. Yet the lessons of the past are ridden over roughshod by the managers of the present. The professionals, the clinicians with experience, may review the new systems brought in with metronomic regularity by those managers, they may express their reservations in writing on paper, in protests, and most definitely online, yet the managers invariably roll onwards and just do what they want. Thousands of years ago, Genghis Khan found decisions made by committees did not work!

There are many examples in dentistry where warnings were sounded, but the system ploughed on. Millions of people must have had extractions of teeth that would have, or could have been saved. Millions of pounds have been wasted repeatedly autoclaving sterile instruments. Out of hours services? Don’t even ask.

The managers remain on their merry-go-round of jobs, only staying a few years in each role, as this is better for their career. The system allows them to make mess after mess, public enquiries are not heeded, healthcare professionals are ignored.

My proposal is not dictatorship, but there must be a method for the voice of the professions and very importantly the voice of the patients to be heard with clarity, otherwise the NHS loved by millions, will reach the point when people realise other countries do manage healthcare better.

 

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Direct Access: An issue to unite dentists?

The present Chair of the General Dental Council, someone I have a great deal of time for, Prof Kevin O'Brien stresses the concept again and again, that the role of the GDC is "protecting the public". Dentists understand this, but for so many years the GDC regulated the profession in a different way, in what was a different world. But I personally, along with so many professional colleagues, cannot see how Direct Access will make things safer for the public. Risks must be higher, and there will be people who effectively have to be examined by dental hygienists and dental therapists, within their scope of practice, and inevitably they will carry out examinations, and will effectively become dentists.

What about the career pathway and the investment young people must now make to become a dentist? £9,000 a year for five years in tuition fees alone. We anticipate in five years from now, some colleagues will qualify with debts of £70,000. Will demand for dental school admission hold up when sixth formers and their parents do the maths?

What will the role be for dentists in the UK when successive governments have fully taken out their revenge on the dental profession for having the temerity to think and act independently? Politicians and the media all fail to recall a simple fact - the existence of any general dental service in the UK is provided by the investment of the profession, often based on the security of their homes, dentists are almost all independent practitioners, and some decide to enter into contracts to provide NHS dental services. These simple facts, dental practices are small businesses in which efficiencies are high, and nimble brained practice owners make rapid decisions on what is best for their financial well being, both in the very short term, as well as the longer term over-view. Unfortunately, when analysed, the decision on DA must be based on the revenge for independence created by the system which dentists inhabit.

The GDC sought advice from the profession in general in a wide operation. The BDA [representing 18,000 dentists] made their input, which was against DA. Both the content and the weight of this advice were discarded by the GDC in their deliberations.

Interestingly, there are not many issues which unite the UK dental profession. In this case, and in my opinion, there is strong feeling amongst the grass roots, this is now a cause
which could be used by the BDA to really pull together disparate parts of the profession.

Ref:
https://www.gdpuk.com/news/latest-news/1254-direct-access-decision-misguided-says-bda
http://community.bda.org/forums/p/5406/9295.aspx#9295

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The cycle of reprocessing life … whither Paragraph 2.4 [l]

Well another week, another major document to chew up...

 

A mere 98 pages for this one -a mere 4 years in the making and of course I could be referring to the Hobbit . But that is no way to refer to the esteemed CDO [of the DH, or NHS England, or the deputy underling CDOs- you choose which job is being shared in the new logo-free Department of Health].  And no, I am not referring to 50 Shades of Porcelain. 

Calm yourselves , but its true. HTM 01-05 [2013 edition]  has or is about to thud its way into your inbox.  And a riveting piece of contraceptive literature it is.

Of course instead of highlighting the differences between the documents, in a formal, living document method, the whole text has to read alongside the 2009 edition to see where the changes are… so you need both copies on the desk.  What, you mean you can’t find the other? Shame on you, you bug ridden cesspit of casuality, you!

Let me skip you to the good news.  Paragraph 2.4k – leave them in the bags for a year now – shhh… you are not supposed to say that ….

Even stranger though: the continuing mystery of what should have been in 2.4l [for Lima] which never made the final 2009 cut is also kept out of the 2013 version. So invisible redaction is alive and well.. Oh well. In this case you could make it up.

Lots of bigger brains than my little apology have cast their eyes over this and its preceding ‘advice’ only to find it a glorified version of Civil Service speak for ‘our opinion is worth more than yours’. As we remind ourselves of the numerous infection related deaths, epidemics and microbial population flares that have arisen over the years  from day to day dentistry, what exactly is the purpose of HTM 01-05 in dentistry?

One assumes that this stuff is taught to the point of theatrical performance at Dental Schools. The implication is that much of the EU now adopts such thinking. If all of that is true why do the Department of Health feel the need to allocate so many resources of manpower to such a tome?  The first evidence they should present is the stuff to prove there was even a problem in the first place!

I love it when the preamble states

It is not the intention within this suite of documents to unnecessarily repeat international or European standards, industry standards or UK Government legislation. Where appropriate, these will be referenced.

So we are to assume that while a 5 years degree confers an assumption of learning ability we are not be trusted with reference to the documents that are causal in the need for 98 pages of …[ you fill in the adjective of choice]. Stuff transparency – we know better and you do not need to know.  How very quaint, how deliciously old fashioned. How unfit for purpose the arrogance of the DH makes them.

Another quote caught my eye for all you entrepreneurs out there:

Where new practices are commissioned or new premises contemplated, it is advised that the full best practice provisions of this guidance be utilised wherever reasonably practicable.

So presumably your essential pre-opening CQC registration will take due note of this…

Don’t you just love this little ‘get-out-of-jail card?

References  - It should be noted that this list may not be totally inclusive at the time of reading. Advice should be sought on the currency of these references and the need to include new or revised documents.

Now I am all in favour of good standards. Indeed in a funny sort of way I can understand the need for consistent proper standards in such a basic area of patient safety, and like any proud profession we should be jumping at the chance to trumpet our safety standards to our patients. Ok, so maybe  we can argue about the science behind it all, but there is an irrefutable logic.  

If the only way to sterilise is to have a validated process , then the only way to wash and disinfect, given the huge variety of human skill and competency, is to use a….washer drierPatently it does not fix the problems of the world and self evidently they are pain in the neck in the cottage industry of compact, no-free-space practice.  But there is a logic to the need for some such technology if we genuinely believe in profession wide standards.  The clever bit would be to combine science and evidence with the technological, low cost outcome. But then again, when was the outcome of a Government Department ever to be regarded as clever?

So what happens if in 2015 another 10% of the profession - 1500 practices give or take - use the best practice espoused in HTM 01-05 [2013] to argue that they can longer, as independent businesses who must put the safety of their patients above any business need [cf GDC Guidance]  decide that compliance with the HTM protocols requires the practice to operate outside the NHS?

For sure it seems that it will be down to practice owners to fund any compliance – and it seems unlikely that there will be any Scottish methods of grant based funding from the English side of the border. Wales is an interesting area though – and we shall see how they handle the matter. Across the water is also a different climate of political process.

So maybe the true unspoken purpose of HTM 01-05 [2013] is to force upon dental business owners s who may be eeking to equip a practice such onerous costs that they may prove  unsustainable under the nnGDS, but perfectly manageable for for a future outside the NHS?

Many of us have been saying that for years. Maybe as we come out of recession another cycle of the private practice life will begin. 

Exciting times, eh Caruthers?  And what was paragraph 2.4 l-Lima?

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The Iron Lady went to the dentist

Mrs Thatcher went to her dentist. As she lay back she asked, “Now Dr Rill – may I call you David? How are  things going? Do not spare me – I am here to listen”.

 The dentist proceeded to let her have it in true Exocet style. 

“Mrs Thatcher, I run a micro business, it is my business and I get no subsidy from anyone.  I pay my taxes and employ my staff. I am the most efficient arm of delivery of Government policy. The banks lend me money which I pay back. The dental laboratories rely upon me for my dental work and their businesses in turn. The dental supply businesses rely upon my successful business and the investment I make in this new chair for example.

 So why are you lot attacking me and my colleagues from all angles?  It almost like politicians are jealous of all we do and all we achieve.

I have to pay £800 to the CQC to tick a load of boxes. We all know how efficient they are – they could not find a rabbit in a phone box, let alone a dud practice. They do not change anything about what I do in day to day practice.  What they do is create a heavy load shelf full of manuals.

We have to pay to be CRB checked before we even get to work [or whatever they call themselves today – barely worth the expensive anti fraud paper it is written on . And remind me – how many dentists have assaulted their patients?

Your Department of Health has produced the HTM documents , and in dentistry we have HTM 01-05 which others clutch at as being as though handed down from the Cross Infection God when in reality they are merely the assembled. Remind me … how many patients have dentists infected or killed?

Now we have a new NHS and no one knows how it works or who to write to for queries.   Meanwhile our UK graduates cannot get NHS Provider Numbers and are unemployed , God help us, without undertaking first year post graduate training [so called FD1] but our EU colleagues can by and large waltz in and start work unhindered by such detail.  This is madness, sheer madness.

There is a new NGS contract being piloted but the CDO  has gone off to NHS England to enable all the changes to the NHS – so there is a feeling of impending worse chaos down the line as once again those of us who are the most efficient contractors  the Government has are once again expected to squeeze an impossible litre out a 100ml bottle. The DH expect us to believe that all is hunky dory with selective statistics when you and I know that extracting children’s decayed teeth is the third commonest reason for admissions for Gas & wrecking hospital paediatric plans  It simply cannot go on Mrs T. The Big Lie of successful politics in dentistry is getting Bigger.

We have a GDC that seems to be seeking to grab practitioner by the nether regions and is chucking unlimited amounts of money at their cases, which seem to consist of one charge and 20 charges in the “and another thing” classification of i-dotting and t-crossing. Meanwhile any Tom dick or Harriet sets up a whitening parlour and simply snubs all and sundry with two very white fingers. And don’t get me started on Dental Nurse registration which is by any description nothing more than a tax on employment.

Now Mrs Thatcher, I do not need to remind you that we need each other, and in particular you need my skills with a local anaesthetic.

What we need is a proper recognition that dentistry is the original Privatised Industry – we lead the way and you lot are trying to stop us.

What do you say, Mrs T?”

 

As Mrs Thatcher fell asleep, she murmured “Leave it with me Dr Rill. I will see what I can do”

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Direct Access - threat or opportunity?

 


Ta DA  -  here it is folks.

Roll up, Roll up, it’s the finest oil you can buy.

What a week!

Well, what a week it has turned out to be. Just as the BDA go all inclusive on us, ‘inviting’ membership of this august Trade Union-esque body at various levels, they go all protectionist on us with their latest missive [1]. Maybe they are modelled on the old dinosaur Unions after all? What on earth are they on about?  If ever there was a bullet in the foot, this latest BDA tripe is worthy of ribald derision. Whether this stance will prove a monumental cock up or success will of course remain for the future to know.

It all started of course with what many might consider to be perhaps one of the earth shattering weeks in the history of the UK dental profession.   

Actually, not true: it all started with the OFT report of 2012[2] in which the threat of a full market review was hung over the profession and the GDC. The condition for its NOT being actioned was, amongst other things, the opening up of access to DCPs.

The GDC of course like being a strategic body. But I am sure they felt like a rabbit in the headlights of the OFT and an academic onslaught from Dundee, Manchester and Kent.  

With too many opinions to be able to “lead”, they did the classic “Large Committee” thing and sat on the fence examining their navels, asking the whole world what they thought about something of which they had not heard [Evidence Based Policy[3] …  hmmm ]  and then promptly fudged through the Direct Access changes come what may despite many shortcomings and misgivings.

This was not, it might seem, because they genuinely felt it was an appropriate release of professional skills.  It seemed that they were more concerned that having built up such a head of advance steam with the various reports and consultations that the only release was DA at any cost of any sort. Just get the OFT off their backs …

So what have we got? 

Well, on Easter Tuesday, not much has changed. Relax mes amis. 

 

Go to work and start to think about it.  As of March 2013 there are 38777 registered dentists.  There are 6265 hygienists and 2077 therapists, and encouragingly all have a known gender.

 

In practice I simply cannot see how DA will change much – other than oiling the wheels of efficient Dental Health Maintenance.  The need for a periodic dental examination to simply re issue a prescription for care can be eased back – who knows to what interval? Would a 5 years examination be acceptable in the presence of a trail of DA Maintenance by a DCP?  

 

If I were a Clinical Dental Technician I would feel I had been shafted and ignored – but since there are only 230 of this rare breed, I sense they were trampled by the rush. It seems they may be doomed to remain a niche business – but good luck to them for they are a light of success in many cases.

 

But in a fine example of joined up Government there remains the lack of freedom to prescribe simple analgesic drugs for placement in the mouth – how stupid can they be? If ever the GDC missed a trick of leverage, it must be here. Still I am sure it is high on the MHRA’s agenda.  Yeah, right.

DA is a bit like all the hype about 4G mobiles – it would be nice if they got 3G working everywhere first.  The OFT and GDC “selling” DA as “the next big thing” seems to have a whiff of snake oil about it if you ask me – and I work closely with a hygienist so declare an interest.

On the other hand, that occasional comprehensive examination by a dentist will now become a full works task – full charting, full mouth photographs, appropriate radiographs, TMD and parafunctional evaluation, aesthetic discussions, orthodontic review – you get the idea. 

Every Challenge is really an Opportunity

Maybe suddenly the periodic dental examination is actually a marketing opportunity to add value instead of down selling a simple “check up” [Don’t you HATE that phrase anyway ?]

But for the 6500 odd practices who employ DHs and DTs, little will change. In house protocols WILL change but surely this will be to the benefit of all involved. Patient care will become better for being seamless. Surely even the BDA can see that?

Will DCPs be rushing out to start their own practices – well not without substantial access to the capital funds required. And I cannot see HMG suddenly discovering a pot of money in the next 10 years.

Will DCPs now be able to obtain a Provider Number from the NHS Commissioning Boards? – well, there is an interesting prospect.  Because many might feel that this OFT driven change by the GDC is barely worth the paper it is written on without such a possibility.

Will the long term NHS Access strategy be to allow access to employed DCPs in enhanced outreach?  While many would see that as a very positive step [just thinking of the Scottish model] that raises issues of employment such as access to the NHS pension.

Perhaps what is clear is that there remains a conflict between the many thousands of Practice Owners and how they lead their teams, and a very small cadre of Dental Academics [4] who, seeming to have the ear of the CDO and his DH advisers, are re-writing the agenda for the provision of State funded dentistry.

It’s simple guys and girls:  Stop panicking like headless chickens and take a chill pill.  This “DA” seismic shift is fantastic news but not in the way the Government would like it to be.

The market is no sensibly estimated even by the OFT at £7.2B, and Private Practice is now £3.88B and rising. [Why the OFT excluded the ‘cosmetic element ‘ of £1.47B remains a political mystery – I don’t think so!] [5]

The Business of Dentistry needs DA to develop proper dentistry in high investment, high technology ultra professional Private Practice while the Government and its academic luvvies merely fans the flames of Rome-like “access” while living the NHS Big Lie of “Problem, what problem?”

 

 

Private practice needs DHs and DT more than the Government will pay them, and so exactly how will DA help Government policy? Well, it won’t and by the time the next Government start installing the next contract, dentistry will be up and away and the NHS offering will be sidelined to a minority social backstop.

 

I put it to my assembled colleagues: in the classic event driven by The Law of Unexpected Consequences,  Direct Access alongside the New Contract   will be  the death knell for Government management of NHS Dentistry because Private Dentistry will make better use of the work force and skill mix , more efficiently  and more  quickly than anything the DH can achieve. And it will pay better.

 

Finally we will have a core service indeed from the DH.

 

It is perhaps a shame that the apple is rotten.

 

[1] http://www.bda.org/news-centre/press-releases/41760-direct-access-decision-misguided-says-bda.aspx

[2] http://www.oft.gov.uk/shared_oft/market-studies/Dentistry/OFT1414.pdf

[3] http://www.gdc-uk.org/Newsandpublications/viewfromthechair/Documents/Evidence%20based%20policy%20Feb%202013%20Final.pdf

[4]  The OFT has had detailed discussions with a number of academic experts from dental  schools in England and Scotland, including Manchester, King’s College London, Leeds, Newcastle, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery and Glasgow. The consensus among these experts  is that direct access can be implemented without compromise to patient safety and is necessary in order to make dental provision more efficient, effective and flexible for the patient, with benefits to be gained for the profession as a whole

[5] From the OFT Report 2012 - 'Dentistry UK Market Report 2011', Laing and Buisson, page 4.
The estimate that the dentistry market is valued at an estimated £5.73 billion a year is for 2009-10 and does not include cosmetic dentistry. The value of the dentistry market including cosmetic dentistry was estimated as £7.2 billion in 2010 according to 'The UK Dentistry Market Development' Market and Business Development (2010)

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Will profession have to face more uncertainty?

 

MP Jamie Reed put his foot in his mouth this week when asked about a Parliamentary question. His comment suggested he thought that patients can register with an NHS dentist in England, when this registration concept and payment for registration was removed by a Labour Government in 2006 when the present GDS contract was imposed on the profession and patients.
 
 
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Range of opinion

The first in a series of blogs by this writer, covering all the wide range of topics which are current in UK dentistry.
Enamel Prism is a dentist in practice in the UK, involved in hands on work as well as education.



Any one who casts an eye around the virtual dental world will sense that the heat of practice is growing. A junior colleague on another site is struggling to understand how he interacts with his colleagues and whether a whistle needs to be blown. The argument for and against the benefits of CDT based denture treatments seems to have pricked a conscience or two. And now we have an interesting discussion emerging about the idea of private gaming.

It seems that whether you are trying to make the NHS work in day to day practice or are in patient-funded private practice, there is a wide range of opinion about any circumstance - clinical or administrative. Those of you of a confident age value that very opportunity to be 'individual'.

The beauty of the profession of dentistry is that it accommodates a wide range of characters with a wide range of opinion which by and large marry a wide body of patients in a mutually satisfactory manner. That range of opinion is the very essence of professional practice.

It has always been difficult for dentists to be consistent in their approaches and their activities. But suddenly it seems that the width of the zone of acceptable opinion may be narrowing. Are we witnessing a profession wide loss of tolerance?

Perhaps the unexpected outcome of a long recession , regulatory changes by the truck load, and an uncertain Government commitment, allied to the perverse certainty of uncertain but major change, is that we have all become a bit too twitchy - in planning our self-defence, maybe the trigger is a little too light. A word or warning to all, though: there is a fine line between a healthy difference of opinion and infighting. And we all suspect we know which way the Government would like things to develope, so that they can slide though their changes of choice.

Calm down dears, its good to differ. But let's remain allied in professional friendship and mutual respect.

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Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony will already be getting reviews in the press by now, generally very positive but it's also difficult to please all viewers I guess.
From my perspetive we got to see the preparations beforehand, on a vast scale, with the blue bowler hat light-bulb people numbering over a thousand alone.
The Athletes also have to be lined-up in the village then pass-over to the Olympic Park away from public access points. I was fortunate enough to be helping with this on the night, though it does mean missing the actual ceremony within the stadium, which starts before we have even got the athletes over there and ready. Again there was so many of them I even needed to hitch a ride in the police buggy to get from the end of the moving line to the beginning before they reached the Stadium!

Once there they entered through the audience, with much music, pomp and celebration and of course the obligatory firework display near midnight.
Awesome is a word used a lot for these London 2012 Olympic games - it's not difficult to appreciate why!

 

 

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