Eimear O’Connell introduces the ADI Team Congress 2021

The ADI Team Congress 2021 has been designed specifically to cater for the demands, opportunities and challenges of the modern dental implant community. Entitled “The Great Debate – Current Dilemmas in Implant Dentistry”, the three-day event will present a packed educational programme with lectures tailored to different members of the dental implant team – from oral surgeons who place implants and dentists who focus on restoration, to dental hygienists and therapists, dental nurses, practice managers, treatment coordinators and dental technicians. A spectrum of world-class speakers will present their insights and share their experiences, while interaction from delegates will be encouraged throughout.

Eimear O’Connell, President of the ADI, shares some of the features she believes will set this Congress apart from previous events:

“A highlight of the forthcoming Congress will be the wide range of subjects relating to dental implantology that will be debated by some of the leading clinicians in the world. They will share with us the best indications for achieving predictable outcomes using their particular techniques and there will be topics to delight the whole dental team.

“I am particularly excited about Saturday afternoon’s session, when, for the first time, two UK-based clinicians will present a controversial case and three leaders in implant dentistry will debate their treatment plan. Questions will also be taken from the audience. This promises to be an exciting new format and we hope it will give clinicians the opportunity to see how assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment delivery and follow up are all essential parts of delivering favourable long-term outcomes for our patients.

“Also for the first time ever, we have industry sponsored, hands-on workshops. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics, running in the morning and repeated in the afternoon of Thursday 6 May. There will be a limited number of spaces available so early booking is highly recommended. The major exhibition will also enable delegates to engage with our wonderful industry sponsors and perhaps even invest in some new gadgets for your practices.”

As Eimear mentions, the extensive educational programme will be supplemented with a major trade exhibition featuring a selection of the latest products, materials and technologies in the dental implant market. Whether you are looking for more information, bespoke advice from the experts or to purchase a new system, there will be something for you.

This, like several features of the ADI Team Congress 2021, will also be an ideal place to finally catch up with friends from across the profession. Eimear continues:

“Never has unity within our profession been more desirous than in this post-COVID world. Dental technicians, practice owners and all the clinical team will find a programme of lectures to enlighten and entertain. Of course, this event may be the first chance to network with other colleagues and teams in-person for quite some time, which is a huge bonus. Alongside lectures and workshops, the event will be hosting a drinks reception, a speakers’ dinner and the Congress Dinner. These events promise a great opportunity to socialise, network and have some fun. The Congress Dinner will be held in the wonderful surroundings of the newly refurbished Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and will be a 1920-themed speakeasy with all the dinner, drinks and dancing from the decade.”

Given the challenges of the past year, the ADI has sought to make the 2021 Team Congress as accessible to everyone as possible. Consequently, it is launching an early bird discount to make attending the event even more affordable for delegates.

“In light of COVID,” comments Eimear, “the ADI Committee have been working remotely to save the organisation money and to be able to offer the Congress at the best price for our membership. This price will be the lowest it has ever been and this is a thank you to all of our members for their continuous support throughout this COVID crisis. Not only does this apply to the entry fee for clinicians, but in order to encourage full attendance of the team, ticket prices for team members start at just £50.

“In addition, to facilitate maximum participation, the main day of the Team Congress has been moved to Saturday with the Congress Dinner taking place on Saturday evening. This is in a deliberate effort to avoid using a normal working day and to encourage dental hygienists and dental technicians to attend, as well as all support staff.”

Full details of the ticketing options and programme are available on the event website. Regardless of your career ambitions or your experience in dental implantology to date, the ADI Team Congress 2021is an event you won’t want to miss. Eimear concludes:

“This event promises to be a sensational mixture of up-to-date topics presented by world-renowned clinicians. There will be plenty of learning, networking and fun for all – we hope to see you there!”

ADI Team Congress 2021

“The Great Debate”

6-8 May 2021, Manchester Central

 

ADI members will be able to attend the ADI Team Congress for discounted rates. Join today.

www.adi.org.uk/congress21

Focused on the past, present and future

These might be uncertain times for the UK, but a positive attitude and proactive approach remain essential for all businesses. In dentistry, we continue to face new challenges as we adapt to the latest guidelines from Government and regulatory bodies. As we find a new path forwards, it’s important to consider the past, present and future.

The past

While we don’t like to dwell on the past, we do want to learn from it. At Colosseum Dental UK, we are constantly reflecting on our actions and our services to see what we have been doing successfully and where we could improve. We rely on regular feedback from all our practice team members to guide changes to the way we do things – both creating a great place to work for professionals and ensuring an exceptional patient experience in all of our clinics. To facilitate this exchange, we maintain open channels of communication at all times and actively encourage our clinicians to contact their managers or the leadership team with any concerns or suggestions. This makes it possible to review programmes we have run in the past and determine what to offer moving forward.

The present

Despite everything going on, the delivery of excellent dental treatment has remained a priority for Colosseum Dental UK. We ensure a choice of quality materials and technologies are available in our clinics for dentists to utilise in their patient care. It is just as important to us that we support our clinicians in their day-to-day lives, so there is always someone on hand to offer clinical or administrative guidance when needed. We also provide access to on-going education and training to help all our associates develop their skills. Not only does this ensure superior, evidence-based clinical procedures for patients, but it also gives every individual the chance to expand their capabilities and advance in their career.

We are not afraid of change at Colosseum Dental UK. In fact, we wholeheartedly embrace adjustments that will further improve the working environment or our patient care. We have an intentionally small leadership team to keep us agile and allow us to respond rapidly to requests from our people, as well as the wider situation as it evolves. We don’t just follow the crowd – we aim to lead it.

The future

With all this in mind, we always have an eye on the future. We are backed by long-term investors, which provides the stability we need to build a prosperous future for the business and for our clinicians. To this end, we have never stopped investing. We invest in our people with equipment, facilities and training, while we invest in the business by acquiring new clinics and growing our family. Even at a time when many dental providers paused their expansion and pulled back, we were able to keep moving. 2021 will likely be no different for us, as we continue to invest in every part of the company and build a bright future for our people and our patients.

Our promise

Like many other aspects of the business, we have adapted the promises we make to our clinicians in order to better suit the circumstances faced, without losing the core of what we believe in. As such, we are now promising all our clinicians:

  • 100% guaranteed income (until March 2021), in return for providing a flexible working pattern to ensure all patients are cared for
  • Excellent working facilities
  • The highest standards of clinical governance and expert support
  • Access to ongoing CPD
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Qualified dental nurses
  • Access to a wide range of consumables
  • Work with the lab of your choice (DAMAS registered)
  • Well-established patient lists
  • New Pastelli uniforms
  • Equipment fixed in a day

To build a stable future for yourself that is full of support, learning and opportunities, join Colosseum Dental UK.

 

For more information about Colosseum Dental, please visit www.colosseumdental.co.uk/careers

Clean, Repair, Protect and Shine

Arm & Hammer™ Enamel Repair™ toothpaste carefully repair and restore enamel surface for a brighter smile in just 5 days!

This specially formulated daily toothpaste provides extra strengthening and make teeth more resistant to acid erosion caused by everyday food & drink. Contains baking soda for superior cleaning power and restores enamel surface gloss when used twice a day for 5 days.For stronger, brighter teeth, contact Arm & Hammer™ today.

 

For more information about the carefully formulated Arm & Hammer toothpaste range, please visit http://www.armandhammer.co.uk/
or email:
ukenquiries@churchdwight.com

Arm & Hammer oral healthcare products are available at Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons throughout the UK.

Getting back to work safely

The ability to quickly and effectively screen your workforce for COVID-19 can enable better informed decision-making in getting dental teams back to work safely.

That’s why the BioSURE® COVID-19 Antibody Rapid Test is a true game changer for dental professionals seeking to differentiate between symptoms of COVID-19 and those of the common cold or flu. This is a single use, in vitro diagnostic test for detecting COVID-19 antibodies in human blood – users receive results in just 10 minutes based on a finger prick of blood.

The BioSURE® COVID-19 Triple Antibody Rapid Test comes in a box – priced at £750 excluding VAT – that contains sufficient product for 25 tests. Order now by calling 01480 862084, email info@curaprox.co.uk or visit www.curaprox.co.uk

Revolutionise your workflow

Revolutionise your workflow with the EXTARO® 300 dental microscope, boasting a range of ground-breaking visualisation modes that include:

  • Fluorescence Mode – Facilitates caries identification and treatment
  • NoGlare Mode – Enables treatment without distracting reflections and accurate colour shading
  • TrueLight Mode – Provides natural, white-light whilst retarding composite curing.

Designed with comfort in mind, the EXTARO® 300 also features a Varioskop® function and central control that can be used with a single finger to activate the microscope’s visual and capture modes. This ensures you can maintain the most ergonomic working position to minimise the risk of strain and fatigue.

Discover the other benefits of the EXTARO® 300 by contacting Nuview today.

 

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

The Universal Restorative

Looking for a quick, easy-to-use restorative material for single shade restorations?

Rely on Filtek Universal restorative from 3M Oral Care – your key to long-lasting, high-quality results.

Filtek Universal restorative from 3M incorporates nanotechnology and fluorescent pigments that help promote a highly aesthetic appearance and polish that lasts.[i],[ii] This is supported by a simplified shade selection that covers all of the VITA shades making it easier than ever to treat a wide array of patients.

For patients with bleached dentition 3M has also created an Extra White (XW) shade of Filtek Universal restorative, while the new Pink Opaquer shade is ideal for masking metallic defects and stained dentition.[iii]

For more details, contact 3M today.

 

For more information, call 0800 626 578 or visit www.3M.co.uk/Dental

 

3M and Filtek are trademarks of the 3M Company.

[i] 3M Oral Care Internal data, Polish. Claim 7349.

[ii] 3M Oral Care Internal data, Fluorescent pigments. Claim 7378.

[iii] 3M Oral Care Internal data, Masking with pink opaquer. Claim 7393.

Make the most of your learning

Online learning has become a regular feature in our ‘new normal’ throughout UK dentistry. While professionals have long utilised webinars and online education, these platforms have truly come into their own during a time of significantly limited physical interaction – if it has been possible at all. Of course, there is no substitute for physically attending an event, the many advantages of which can never be replaced by other means. When the time comes to finally get together again, we will certainly all be looking to make the most of it! Right now, there is an opportunity to plan ahead in order to maximise our learning pathway and reap the rewards of optimal career development.

The value of online

Online learning may have been a necessity during lockdowns and in light of the various travel restrictions and social distancing rules, but it still afforded several benefits. For example, it couldn’t be more convenient to update your knowledge and skills from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to worry about travel times and costs, accommodation, smart clothes or much preparation – all you need is an internet connection to log on and learn.

Another positive aspect of this format is that you can hear from experts from across the world, as physical demographics are no longer a barrier. In fact, common modern technology makes it possible to engage with speakers and colleagues using these platforms at the same time. It’s not quite the same as having a conversation in-person, but at least you can still interact in real-time, ask questions and share your experiences. There is also a chance for some anonymity at some virtual events or online courses, so even shy delegates might be more likely to speak up.

The value of attending events

One of the greatest benefits of attending a professional event is the level of communication that can be achieved. It is much easier to pick up non-verbal cues and people often bounce off of each other during conversation or discussion, enabling everyone to gain more from interactions. This creates an atmosphere that cannot be replicated in any way via online platforms – the buzz you get from an event is truly unique. In turn, this makes it easier to focus on the topic at hand, it encourages more dynamic learning and is often far more enjoyable.

The latter feature is greatly improved by the chance to catch up with friends from across the profession in an informal way, to have a drink or two with colleagues during breaks or after the event. Indeed, the social programmes of most major conferences tend to be a highlight of the events and a great way for individuals and teams to network and have fun.

In addition, the ability to browse exhibitions in-person makes it simpler to discover new products and to try out innovative technologies and materials for yourself. You learn far more about a product when you’re able to get hands-on, than when you are watching a demonstration or reading a description, after all.

Plan your learning for 2021

Though we are still unsure as to what the rest of 2021 will look like in terms of local or national restrictions, it’s important to be prepared. As such, planning for a mixture of online and physical learning opportunities will likely be most appropriate. There is a wide range of webinars available on the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show website designed specifically to help practices optimise their processes in this new world of dentistry. There are also many online training courses to choose from, such as those available on the BDA’s website, which cover everything from aesthetic periodontal surgery to oral cancer and dental materials. Decide what topics to focus on and look to space out your learning throughout the year.

When it comes to attending events, you definitely want to save the dates for the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2021 – Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd May. Presented in collaboration with the British Dental Association (BDA) once again, this will deliver two days of enhanced CPD for the entire dental team, with sessions hosted by world-class speakers and hundreds of dental manufacturers on hand to display their latest and greatest innovations. Whether you are looking for industry updates, to introduce new imaging technology to your practice or advance your endodontic skills, this event has it all.

Stay engaged

However you organise your training and education for 2021, the important thing is that you continue developing and that you remain engaged with the wider profession. Knowing that you’re not alone and interacting with others who understand the challenges you faced will go a long way in helping you grow throughout the year to come.

 

The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2021 will be held on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd May, Birmingham NEC, co-located with DTS.

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

The power of simplicity

Complex treatments don’t need complicated technology to confuse things further.

Keep things simple with the new CS 8100 3D Evo Edition from Carestream Dental.

Combining 2D and 3D imaging modes with ease, this system delivers outstanding image clarity across all modalities. Furthermore, due to its award-winning compact design and affordable price point, the system is suitable for all practices.

Plus, with features such as selectable fields of view, you can diagnose patients safely and tackle tricky treatment challenges such as dental implant planning, endodontics and more!

Please contact Carestream Dental for more information.

 

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

Protect yourself

It has never been more important to safeguard your livelihood and standard of living than right now with effective income protection.

There are many elements to consider, from exclusions to protection from inflation, guaranteed or reviewable rates and what criteria needs to be met to make a claim. The devil is definitely in the detail, so it’s vital to read the fine-print to ensure that you and your family will be kept safe in the event that you are unable to work due to illness, accident or injury.

The expert team at money4dentists can help you review an existing policy or arrange a new solution that affords total peace of mind. They know what to look for and how to tailor your policy for your specific needs. Give them a call today to find out more.

 

For more information please call 0845 345 5060, email info@money4dentists.com or visit www.money4dentists.com

Transforming a Harley Street dental practice during lockdown

Dr Fazeela Khan-Osborne explains how she successfully relocated and renovated her dental practice on Harley Street, London, during the first national lockdown of 2020.

 

I’ve been qualified as a dental practitioner for over 25 years, working as an oral surgeon in several hospitals before buying my first practice. I also completed my master’s degree in restorative dentistry because I wanted to be able to handle both the surgical and restorative aspect of dental treatment. This piqued my interest in implant dentistry, which is what I predominantly focus on now.

Motivations

Over the last 20 years, I have educated GDPs worldwide on all aspects of implant dentistry, now primarily teaching from my practice. I recently launched a new one-to-one dental implant course led by international leaders from the field, and several major players within UK implant dentistry. This was a key motivator for my practice renovation on Harley Street, as I wanted to ensure I had specialised facilities for performing implant dentistry in London’s West End.

I also bought my current practice knowing that it would be the last one I would build before I retired. As I had built four practices in the past, I was keen to apply everything I’d learned from those experiences to the new project in order to create a really safe, secure and beautiful treatment environment for my patients, my team and myself. There was a true need to get it right with help from the right people.

Another important motivator for taking on this project was the fact that the lease on my previous practice was due to end on 16th July 2020. At the beginning of the year, I had found new premises at 80 Harley Street via a colleague and had, essentially, paid my deposit and signed the paperwork for it. Renovation work was scheduled to start on 20th March 2020, with the idea to reach completion by June. The practice would then close for two weeks for the relocation whilst ensuring minimum disruption to the business. Of course, a national lockdown was imposed on 23rd March 2020, which ground the whole process to a halt.

Planning

We had to plan the entire project over Zoom, though lockdown provided us the time to do so. Clark Dental, Elton Jaku from ME&K Ltd, myself and my daughter – an architecture graduate – spent thousands of hours planning every detail of the renovation, from sockets and filtration systems, to units and drawers. As the building contractor and project manager, ME&K Ltd was amazing at working with everybody to stick to the brief because I was very specific about what I wanted. I even had a virtual diary that I sent to every single contractor so that in any room of the practice, on any given day during the project, everybody knew who was doing what and when – like a wartime strategy.

Renovation

The renovation eventually started on 11th May during lockdown. Under social distancing measures, it was very difficult to carry out the demolition work with so many people on site, going in and out of the building having to check their temperatures each time. Moreover, we couldn’t get many of the materials delivered – half way through the project, we didn’t have any plaster. I ended up driving to builders’ merchants to pick up materials just to keep the renovation on schedule, which Clark Dental was integral to ensuring.

We were carrying out a £700,000 renovation with massive lighting and construction components on a Grade II listed building, which comes with its own set of challenges. For instance, it has a fresco ceiling in one of the surgeries, so we had to work within the planning consent in order to build certain architectural features that would enable us to install a glass wall in the room without interfering with the fresco ceiling, which also had to be restored. As a result, lights had to be mounted on the wall and we came across multiple problems that meant we had to get a structural engineer in – a particularly difficult task in the middle of lockdown.

Equipment

When it came to the supply of my dental equipment, I chose to work with Clark Dental as it is a family-run business and an A-dec supplier. I’d always had a good experience with the team as well. Technical Director, Matt Rowlingson, had met me in late 2019 and assessed my old practice, as I was intent on relocating two of my A-dec dental chairs and investing in two new ones. Through Clark Dental, I ended up refurbishing my older A-dec chairs with new leather seating, overhead lights, delivery units and other features.

I’ve had A-dec chairs since the day I qualified because they are phenomenal pieces of kit. As such, it was very natural for me to invest in a top-of-the-range A-dec chair again. I bought an A-dec 500 from Clark Dental with all the lighting and other features that came with it. I also purchased a NOMAD® Pro 2 handheld x-ray as this was useful for my surgery room with a glass wall, which was unable to accommodate a wall-mounted unit. We even replaced £40,000 worth of dental handpieces. 

I invested in top-of-the-range equipment as I had done so in the past. I wanted to make sure that everything was infallible and I was delighted with what I received. I’m a great believer in doing your research and buying the best you can because, in the long-term, you save money.

Advice

The two most important companies involved in any practice renovation are the builder and the dental equipment supplier. All I would say to anyone who is looking to take on a similar project is to work with companies that have a track record. Ask your colleagues whom they have worked with and don’t simply go online. Engage with professionals like Clark Dental, whose team is reliable, trustworthy and has good ethics. You’ve only got one pot of capital so it is important to maximise your investment, especially during these times when all of us are not earning the same as before the pandemic.

Reflection

I built a practice beyond my wildest imaginations as a result of the people I chose to work with. Looking back on the project, it’s a miracle we achieved what we did in the midst of a global pandemic. When barriers came up, everyone put their heads together to find a solution and never did anyone think that these barriers couldn’t be overcome. I chose to work with a company that aligned with the way I do business and, for that, I will have a lifelong relationship with Clark Dental. It is the type of company that I would always wish to do business with.

Even when I have called the team at 5.30pm on any given day, nothing I have asked them for help with has been too much trouble, which is an approach that I applaud and respect. The team has put me first on every occasion and I couldn’t have achieved the high-quality practice renovation I have without Clark Dental. I can’t fault them.

 

For more information call Clark Dental on 01268 733 146, email info@clarkdental.co.uk or visit www.clarkdental.co.uk

 

Author bio:

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 20th year. 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.