What does the future hold for you?

Do you want to introduce removable orthodontics to your treatment options? Are you thinking about a specialism? Would you like to get involved in mentoring?

Whatever you hope to do in the future, Colosseum Dental UK has the resources and opportunities to help you fulfil all your ambitions. From training and support to different roles and the flexibility to specialise, various career progression avenues are facilitated.

We are here to listen to your goals and to help you achieve them. We believe in delivering exceptional patient care and we understand that this is only possible alongside your skill development and job satisfaction.See for yourself how we care more about our clinicians at Colosseum Dental UK.

 

For more information, please visit https://www.colosseumdental.co.uk/careers/job-opportunities/dentists

#WeCareMore

An efficient practice is also a more sustainable practice

Efficiency means the ability to do something successfully, without waste. Waste can be something abstract, like time, or physical, such as money or another resource that, once it’s gone… it’s gone.

‘Efficient’ is a word you’ll see in every dental supplies and equipment catalogue, because all practices want smooth workflows and low stock costs, at no compromise to results and level of service. If product X does the same job as products Y and Z, but promises to it more efficiently than the other options, it is likely to pique your interest.

Never underestimate the value of speed to your patients. If you are able to deliver their treatment in one 90-minute appointment, when a practice up the road offers the same in two hour-long visits, you become the more convenient option. Convenience is often a major factor for consumers’ decision-making, whatever it is they are buying, and we know that modern patients do shop around. High-quality dentistry delivered in a single session means less time off work, less juggling with other commitments – they get it done, then get on with their lives. Patients don’t want to be ripped off and they want good value, but value isn’t only defined by price. It incorporates every part of the service that they are willing to pay for and people are often very willing to pay for added convenience. Also, could you reasonably charge patients more for one, highly-convenient 90-minute appointment than your competitor charges, in total, for two? If there is demand, then absolutely yes. Efficiency is good for business.

Waste can’t be avoided, so we must minimise its impact

Efficiency is also good for the planet. Some corners of the industry have been strategising for sustainability, including ways to lower carbon emissions, for a number of years now. A 2018 report on carbon modelling for dentistry found that major areas of emissions are: travel, procurement, energy, nitrous oxide, waste and water.[i]Six years on, there is a greater commitment to change and finding practical solutions to the challenges of achieving better sustainability in dentistry. The main one is, of course, that stringent and necessary infection control protocols mean many items are considered waste after a single use and must be immediately disposed of, or require washing and/or decontamination before re-use.

So, practices must look for opportunities for sustainability where they can, to mitigate the obstacles that are presently unavoidable and need to be navigated around instead. What about adopting more energy efficient technologies, or switching to a green energy provider? Are you guilty of over-heating the practice and could you improve how the building is insulated? Migrating to paperless working is another way save energy. Digital record keeping is also highly secure as well as efficient, making documents instantly accessible to multiple users.

Digital and the green economy

In fact, ‘digital’ is another word that manufactures and distributors love to highlight when marketing cutting-edge solutions that promise to optimise efficiency.

Digital technologies can also support sustainability so that’s a win-win for the environment as well as your workflows. Certainly, there is less material waste with CAD-CAM systems, which can help you do more, quicker. Accurate diagnostics, improved communication with your lab and patients… time, money and energy are all saved when things are right, first time. For decontamination, the latest high-tech autoclave systems are another example, with smart features that perform exceptionally despite having a small carbon footprint. The new generation of autoclaves with enhanced digital capabilities make turnround times shorter, reducing bottlenecks and ensuring the team can get on with delivering treatment, with certain models programmable so the chamber can be heated before the practice opens in the morning. The SciCan STATIM® B is one such model; a compact 6-litre vacuum autoclave for enhanced infection control in any-size practice. WiFi-enabled technology enables cycle logging, data storage and traceable load release and users can benefit from automatic software updates for connected equipment. It looks impressive too, as well as being an energy-saving, highly-efficient addition to your practice; SciCan is now part of COLTENE, the distributor and developer of world-class tools, materials and equipment for dentists.

Efficiency has always been a goal for a successful, profitable practice which is in high demand by patients – and dental professionals who want to work there. In modern dentistry, efficiency is about not wasting precious resources. The drive for more sustainable dentistry is part of a global problem but this is an industry that does produce a lot of waste, due in no small part to the processes and protocols required to deliver safe, quality treatment. Although digital solutions are not the only answer, harnessing their power in your practice can be an important step towards sustainability and reducing your carbon footprint. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For details on the STATIM® B, visit https://www.scican.com/eu/products/autoclaves/statim-b/

 

For more on COLTENE, visit www.coltene.com,
email
info.uk@coltene.com or call 0800 254 5115.

 

[i] Carbon modelling within dentistry: towards a sustainable future. Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, report published by Public Health England, July 2018.

Get the Support You and Your Patients Deserve!

Concerned about doing the right thing by your patients? Ensure that they are always treated to the highest ethical standard by training with IAS Academy.

A global community of world-class teachers and colleagues have come together with one common goal: to empower dentists to treat their patients confidently with the best and most ethical treatments available.

Tooth preservation dentistry is at the core of their ethos which means you will learn how to preserve your patient’s teeth in delivering a final and lasting treatment. The support you will receive will be continuous so if you’re faced with an ethical dilemma once a course is completed, you can still turn to IAS Academy for help and reassurance.

 

For more information on upcoming IAS Academy training courses, please visit www.iasortho.com or call 01932 336470 (Press 1)

Implant some new knowledge

For dentists, it is important to provide high standards of patient care. When a patient requires surgical rehabilitation, you want to ensure they receive only the best, with predictable and long-lasting results. A range of systems and products are available today, so choosing the most suitable solution for each case can be challenging. For many years, short dental implants were believed to be less able to support biting forces than longer counterparts and their use could lead to an unsuccessful treatment. Dr Geoffrey Pullen, clinical director of Bicon Marketing limited, has been placing and restoring implants since 1989. His inspiring ADI webinar – Short vs long: who is right, who is wrong? – explains that short implants work as well as longer alternatives. Geoffrey sets the scene for what to expect: 

“I’m 66 and still happily working in general dentistry. I started doing dental implants in the late 80s, when they were still relatively developmental. Most other GDPs weren’t offering this treatment in the early days.

“I used various systems, but to be honest I found that many of them were over-complicated. I wanted to simplify the things I was doing and how I was doing them. I started using this system called Bicon, and my career changed tack dramatically – it worked really well and helped me offer practical solutions for many more people.”

Geoffrey shares how his interest in short dental implants was sparked:

“Two clinicians had taken over the manufacturing and distribution of these dental implants in Boston, and asked me and another colleague to help market them in the UK. I was drawn to it – the Boston clinicians said the short dental implants would work well, that there wasn’t really a need for longer versions. I discovered that they lend a massive advantage – less grafting and a simple connection, plus the restorative side was the same as normal crown and bridge work.”

Geoffrey explains the advantages of short dental implants and how they’ve simplified the restorative process for him:

“The connection is incredibly simple, with the abutment fitting into the short dental implant by a locking taper. A lot less can go wrong when compared their traditional counterpart, because the shorter products are much stronger, the connection is stable and therefore they are very reliable.

“I attended a local ADI meeting with Andrew Dawood who spoke about complications regarding connections, but they weren’t pertinent to what I did. I found this fascinating – risks that standard dental implant users had to consider just didn’t apply to me. Obviously, this means the saving of a lot of time and stress, which doesn’t go unappreciated by all involved.

“Of course, nothing in this world is perfect. I’ve used short dental implants for 22 years, and have realised what I can and cannot do with them. I go into more detail about where and when they should be used in my webinar.”

Companies are striving to improve and simplify their systems: whilst this demonstrates that improvements are being made, dental professionals may focus on the marketing and not the product. Geoffrey suggests to explore the science behind the product and not be enticed by the latest marketing. He also encourages open-mindedness towards different concepts, such as the short dental implants, which could potentially simplify workflows and reduce complications. Geoffrey comments:

“Why is there confusion regarding short and long dental implants? Studies suggest you don’t need the longer versions. But most dentists can’t help but think in terms of carpentry, that the longer they are the better… it’s quite difficult to shake off that attitude.

“By using a simple system, you’ll potentially reduce stress, improve the patient experience and cut treatment time and the amount of grafting you do, which is always a bonus.

Dental implants don’t have to be complicated – this is something I really try to hammer home in my webinar.

“It boils down to this – the dental implant itself is just a tool. When you learn to understand what you have in your hands, you can use it accordingly. A simplified system will help you provide treatment effectively and reduced any possible stress.”

Are you ready for a new skill?

Geoffrey’s webinar, alongside many others, is available to ADI members. Their wealth of convenient and stimulating material is indispensable to dental professionals looking to expand and advance their knowledge in the field of dental implantology and soft tissue management.

What are your opinions on short dental implants? Are you confident in the systems you use, or are you interested in using something different? Why not consider becoming an ADI member so you can watch Geoffrey’s webinar, as well as other inspiring and educational resources!

 

For more information about the ADI, or to join, please visit the website

Engage Your Brain!

The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show Birmingham 2022 is ready for you to take part in all the outstanding education and CPD on offer.

Learn about the latest technology by taking part in exhibitor-led on-stand education and experience the latest dental innovations and equipment. As well as training on the latest technology the entire dental team have the privilege of one-stop CPD.

On-stand education and one-stop CPD aren’t all that’s on offer – internationally renowned speakers are also part of the expert knowledge waiting to be shared with you.

Visit the website today and register your interest!

 

The next British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show Birmingham will be held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May 2022, Birmingham NEC, co-located with DTS.

For more information, visit birmingham.dentistryshow.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270 or email dentistry@closerstillmedia.com

Complete power, compact design

Looking to extend your treatment capabilities but worried that you don’t have the space available for a cutting-edge CBCT system?

The CS 8200 3D from Carestream Dental gives you all the functionality you need in an ergonomic, compact design.

Featuring premium 2D and 3D imaging technology, the system has 6 selectable fields of view, meaning it can be used in a diverse array of indications including both orthodontics and dental implantology.

Furthermore, the system includes Carestream Dental’s unique CS MAR technology – a software module that allows you to take a more dynamic approach to your images and that significantly decreases the appearance of metal artifacts for clearer, more concise images every time.

Contact Carestream Dental to find out more.

 

For more information, contact Carestream Dental on 0800 169 9692 or

visit www.carestreamdental.co.uk

For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @carestreamdental.uk

A wonderful addition to your surgical skills

BPI Dental Education & Training delivers the Soft Tissue Around Dental Implants course, which helps dentists to ensure a higher success rate for dental implants. Dr Eimear O’Connell recently completed the training and comments:

“I wanted to ensure I was achieving the best possible outcomes for my patients receiving dental implants, as we now know the stability and long-term success of an implant is closely linked to the quality of soft tissue around the abutment interface.

“I knew Boota [Singh Ubhi] would deliver a quality educational experience and there was indeed great discussion throughout with the tutors and other delegates. It also provided an ideal mix of lectures and hands-on teaching, with a small group of like-minded clinicians proving helpful. Afterwards we were advised about a microsurgical kit and given a discount as well.

“This is a wonderful course for any implant dentist wanting to fully understand how to achieve thickened and better-quality soft tissues around dental implants. Since the course I have been confident to use all the techniques taught, thanks to Boota and his team. A truly wonderful addition to my surgical skills!”

 

For more information or to book upcoming courses, please visit https://bpieducation.co.uk/dental-courses/soft-tissue-around-dental-implants/

With more training, you’ll be a practice that offers the highest standard of comprehensive care

Have you have noticed some of your regulars dropping off, or more treatment plans remaining incomplete? Your practice should have protocols in place to gather patient feedback, including from new leads who attend a consultation but decide not to proceed. Some practices even incentivise it, as part of their marketing strategy. Maybe it was a question of cost, or more convenient appointment times offered elsewhere. There are multiple reasons why patients don’t go ahead, and their comments will help you develop knowledge about the basis for treatment decisions.

One study into patients’ experiences of dental care found the cohort cherished, above all, “a supportive and caring dentist, and a dedicated dental team” and being viewed as an individual.[i] When dentistry is patient-focussed, people feel well looked after and that there is a genuine commitment from the practice to improve and protect their health and general wellbeing.

Quality care is appropriate care. Many practices have found skill mix to be an effective way to manage workflows, with different bits of dentistry delivered by the appropriate member of the team who is qualified to do so. Dental hygienists and dental therapists can deliver preventive-maintenance consultations, for example, that allow them to really get to know the patient, and build good relationships that support loyalty and treatment acceptance. Plenty of practices now have a treatment-coordinator, to guide people through their options, and establish a liaison, or bridge between the individual and the clinical team.

For dentists, this gives them more time and freedom to focus on complex procedures and challenging problems. As a dentist, you might be seeing issues that you are unable to treat, because you have not currently got the skills and knowledge to do so, so are having to refer these people out instead. Now could be the perfect time to address this, and take on more training. When you can do more, this will enable you to create a brilliant, talented dental team that works as one to take care of every patient comprehensively – there won’t be anything you can’t do to help them! 

Training in dental implantology would be an excellent path to take. More patients are desiring dental implants, as they look and function like natural teeth and are, with correct maintenance, a predictable treatment and enduring long-term option. After completing quality training, you will be able to treat implant patients in your own practice and the benefits will be many – and lasting.

Firstly, your long-termers can say “yes” to dental implants with a team whom they trust implicitly and are comfortable with; they will feel confident that they are in the safest possible hands. Second, adding dental implants to your service list will reinvigorate your team who will need to learn about the implant workflow and how to support patients pre- and post-treatment. When your practice offers dental implants, everyone will have their part to play in helping patients to keep their results stable, and maintain a perfect balance of function and aesthetics for many years to come.

Third, adding this valuable new revenue stream will be good for business. Forth, training to be an implant dentist will challenge and inspire you professionally and personally, enabling you to take your career to new heights – and this will just be the start, too. Also, with the help of a mentor, you can keep developing the skills to tackle more complex situations to solutions that restore all patients to oral health – including those who thought the only option left for them was an extraction.

For accredited postgraduate training in implant dentistry, The One to One Implant Education’s Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry is the ideal choice for dentists who want to do more for their practice, patients and boost their career. Overseen by leading clinicians and lecturers, the course combines key areas to make you a successful implant dentist including treatment planning, placement, soft tissue management, the laboratory/clinician interface, guided bone regeneration, full arch implant restoration and peri-implantitis. With a substantial portion of the teaching time is dedicated to live surgery, The One to One Implant Education’s programmes have a tiered peer mentor system, with every delegate receiving a tutor who has also completed the course. This mentor will continue to guide your long after your training has completed.

Truly patient-focussed dentistry is provided by a practice team that delivers comprehensive quality care, no matter what the issue. Patients who have everything covered, by a practice able to support each element of their oral health, will have no need to go anywhere else and will always give good feedback. When you invest in extra training, to offer a full range of services, this will support your ongoing success and future growth.

Dr Fazeela Khan-Osborne is the founding clinician of the FACE dental implant multi-disciplinary team for the One To One Dental Clinic based on Harley Street, London. She has always had a passion and special interest in implant dentistry, particularly in surgical and restorative full arch rehabilitation of the maxilla. She has been involved in developing treatment modalities for peri-implantitis within clinical practice.

Dr Khan-Osborne is also the Founding Course Lead for the One To One Education Programme, now in its 20thyear. As a former Lead Tutor on the Diploma in Implant Dentistry course at the Royal College of Surgeons (England), she lectures worldwide on implant dentistry and is an active full member of the Association of Dental Implantology, the British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

 

To reserve your place or to find out more, please visit
https://121implanteducation.co.uk or call 020 7486 0000

 

[i] Sbaraini A, Carter SM, Evans RW, Blinkhorn A. Experiences of dental care: what do patients value? BMC Health Serv Res. 2012 Jun 24; 12:177. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-177. PMID: 22726888; PMCID: PMC3407476.

Visualisation, education and peace of mind

For a digital workflow you can rely on, introduce the EXTARO® 300 dental microscope from Nuview into your practice.

Designed to support exceptional treatment standards, the EXTARO® 300 features an integrated HD camera that records high-resolution images and video, which can be connected wirelessly to the ZIESS Connect App and then to your local network. This data improves patient education, clearly demonstrating their condition and the need for treatment for more informed consent.

Patients are happier with their decisions and clinicians benefit from better treatment documentation, as well as a lower risk of complaints.

For total peace of mind all round, discover the EXTARO® 300 dental microscope from Nuview.

 

For more information please call Nuview on 01453 872266, email info@nuview-ltd.com, visit www.nuview.co.uk or ‘like’ Nuview on Facebook.

Kemdent product proves a favourite once again

Dorina Van Der Merwe from Schoenitz Dental Laboratory Ltd comments on the Anutex Modelling Wax she uses from Kemdent:

“Anutex is perfect for bite blocks due to its soft texture. You can also get a smooth finish as it flows easier than others. I really like Kemdent wax products compared to others on the market, they are my favourite.”

Kemdent offers an array of solutions designed to make everyday life in the laboratory that little bit quicker and easier. From modelling wax to acrylics, plaster, polishing discs, putty and special trays, we have all your essential needs covered.

Plus, our team is always on hand to provide advice and support whenever required, so you receive a service you can rely on. Find out more today.

 

For more information about Kemdent Anutex Modelling Wax, or any other market-leading solutions available, please visit www.kemdent.co.uk or call 01793 770 256