Cardiff dental nurse acknowledged for half a century of service
After having completed her training as a dental nurse, for which she applied after reading an advert in the South Wales Echo newspaper, and working…
After having completed her training as a dental nurse, for which she applied after reading an advert in the South Wales Echo newspaper, and working in that position for a year, she assumed the post of Senior Dental Nurse Tutor at UDH Cardiff, a position she still holds today.
In addition to that, she worked as Dental Nurse Manager at the same hospital from 1996 to 1997.
According to Hooper, she has never missed a single day owing to sickness during her 50 years of service.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside Liz,” said Beverly Withers, interim Dental Nurse Manager at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and one of Hooper’s trainees. “She is well known and respected in the dental world, devoting much of her working life to dental nursing and dental nurse training including the South Wales evening course, training thousands of dental nurses during 40 years.”
Referring to her nickname of “The Oracle”, Withers added: “She is the go-to person to find out anything which is dental related.”
“I’d like to say a big thank you to Liz for her commitment and dedication to dental nursing. It is a fantastic achievement to have completed nearly 50 years of service and to have never taken a day’s sick during this time is truly amazing,” said Hayley Dixon, Director of Operations for the Dental Clinical Board at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
During her long years of service, for Hooper, the most important thing has remained the patients.
“I still see people today who I treated years ago,” she commented. “I always try to address them by their names so that they know I remember who they are—it’s important to me.”
Maria Battle, Chair of Cardiff and Vale UHB (left) presented Liz (right) with flowers and gifts during a special afternoon tea with her colleagues who she trained. (Photograph: Cardiff University)
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High evaluations could slow down practice acquisitions in the South East
“Only those with substantial personal capital, private equity-backed dental companies or individuals with the help of ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ can afford to acquire…
“Only those with substantial personal capital, private equity-backed dental companies or individuals with the help of ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ can afford to acquire in many instances,” Patel said. “I have recently seen more and more potential acquirers, although meeting the bank’s serviceability test, fail the remuneration test, i.e. level of take-home pay for the acquirer.”
“Projections in many instances demonstrate the acquirer would earn less after loan servicing cost than they do currently as associates,” he added.
According to the latest quarterly goodwill survey conducted by NASDAL, valuations in the period of April to July saw another rise over the previous quarter to goodwill of 138 per cent of gross fees despite the Brexit and the economic uncertainty it created. While the average of 107 per cent has seen a 51 per cent surge in the last three months, one practice in the West Country in particuliar reported having achieved goodwill in excess of 206 per cent of gross fees.
NHS practices also saw a 3.4 per cent increase on the previous quarter and now attract an average goodwill of 125 per cent of gross fees.
The greatest jump, however, was in the value of deals for private practices, according to the report.
“Whilst it must be stressed that the EU referendum vote happened midway through the quarter, it does appear that the vote had, at worse, no effect or arguably a positive effect on the value of UK dental practices,” summarised specialist dental accountant and partner at UNW Alan Suggett, who compiles the goodwill survey.
Many potential aquirers in the South East do not pass the affordability test, the NASDAL warns. (Illustration: Phloxii/Shutterstock)
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Pentron products now available exclusively at Wrights
“Pentron is definitely a leading manufacturer in the industry. It has very high-quality products that are clinically proven. We have looked at the strengths and…
“Pentron is definitely a leading manufacturer in the industry. It has very high-quality products that are clinically proven. We have looked at the strengths and value of the products and definitely consider them a great addition to our portfolio,” said Ahmed Zaher, head of marketing at Wright Health Group, on the partnership. Jeroen Deenen, Sales Director for Western Europe at Pentron, added: “In order for our products to attain the best reach in the UK, we wanted to have a strong and established partner. We know the UK market is challenging, but as in any other European market, there is a high demand for value brand products among British dentists. At Pentron, we talk about value beyond price. We only offer high-value brands, but at affordable prices.”
One of the top products to be sold through Wrights will be Pentron’s Simile universal composite. The light-curing nano-hybrid composite is available in 18 universal VITA shades, adapts well to the cavity and does not adhere to the instrument. In a testimonial, Czech dentist Dr Ladislav Junek attested to its clinical use: “It has very comfortable manipulation and great shade variability to satisfy the needs of high aesthetics in every day practice.” Other advantages of Simile include excellent surface smoothness, easy polishability and good wear resistance. Another Pentron product to be included in the Wrights portfolio is the Bond-1 Primer/Adhesive fifth-generation total-etch bonding system, which offers high bond strength and reduced sensitivity.
Wrights is a leading dental supplier in the UK with over 30,000 products and boasts more than 100 years of experience. During the Dental Showcase in London, the company exhibited the latest innovations from leading brands, including prostheses, ceramics, composites, CAD/CAM systems, wax and modelling products, consumables and equipment. Wrights recently announced that customers can now place orders until 6 p.m. and that it now also offers a handpiece repair centre. In addition, it is known for having one of the most modern factories in the world.
Pentron, established in 1967, is a leading US-based manufacturer of composites, cements, bonding agents, post and cores, as well as impression and temporary materials. Since 2012, the company has sold its entire range of products exclusively through dealers and distributors, such as Wrights. This has allowed Pentron to provide more support to dentists while enhancing their purchasing experience and options. Pentron is part of the well-known KaVo Kerr Group of dental brands. The company has been merged with part of DUX Dental, which KaVo Kerr acquired in 2014.
Ahmed Zaher, head of marketing at Wright Health Group (left), and Jeroen Deenen, Sales Director for Western Europe at Pentron (right). (Photograph: Dental Tribune International)
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BA International —More than just a yellow repair bag
“While we have been offering repairs for many years at the show, dentists are increasingly bringing their handpieces in to have them repaired on the…
“While we have been offering repairs for many years at the show, dentists are increasingly bringing their handpieces in to have them repaired on the same day. This way, it doesn’t interrupt their surgery time in a significant way,” BA International General Manager Jason Knight explained to Dental Tribune.
The volume of repairs brought in during the show has been constant over the years, according to Knight. The on-site technician, who is fully original equipment manufacturer-accredited, largely deals with defective bearings and cartridges. BA uses parts that are certified and approved by all major manufacturers, including KaVo, W&H, NSK, Sirona, Bien-Air, 3M ESPE, Elma, SciCan, Henry Schein, MICRO-MEGA and EMS. If a repair cannot be done on the same day, the company offers a cost-effective replacement with one of its own quality handpieces.
The same-day repair additionally provides the benefit of meeting existing and new customers. “It is nice for them to meet the people behind the scenes,” said Knight. “It has been a good meeting in this regard.”
For almost 25 years, BA has been at the forefront of the handpiece repair business, providing repair and sales services to dental clinicians all over the UK. According to BA, no other company can provide dentists with the full-service peace of mind that it offers. Its ISO 9001 certificate ensures that it has quality management systems in place to meet exacting industry standards and to continually develop and improve its services. To this day, it continues to work with dentists throughout the UK to surpass expectations of what a repair company can offer in terms of quality and competitive pricing.
How does the company do it without being just a yellow repair bag?
Dentists send in their handpieces using the free industry-recognised prepaid repair bag. BA returns them in protective reusable and autoclavable BA Steriboxes to ensure that the handpieces arrive safe and sound. In addition to handpieces, BA can repair a huge array of small equipment devices, such as amalgamators, ultrasonic baths, DAC and SciCan STATIM autoclaves, curing lights and endodontic units. For this, the company creates custom-made, insured boxes using foam moulding technology to protect the equipment during transit to ensure that it arrives safely. Once clients receive their items, they can keep the custom boxes for the future, thus saving them further possible costs.
After a concise initial examination of the handpieces and equipment, BA offers a free quotation on all repairs in order to allow clients to make an informed decision on whether it would be beneficial to repair their current handpiece or be better to invest in a new one from among the company’s own state-of-the-art handpieces. The company offers steel and ceramic bearing replacements, as well as cartridge replacements, for all makes and models. In addition, they provide world-leading high-quality BA parts, as well as original equipment manufacturer spares.
For all repairs, BA includes a full strip, clean and service to ensure the handpiece is like new. Furthermore, it carries out specific tests at its repair facility during the servicing process, such as chuck retention, speed and concentricity tests, as well as checks on the water system, chip air and air exhaust, to ensure that the handpiece is in full working order. With an extensive range of spare parts in stock, the company can offer same-day turnaround on most handpiece repairs, where applicable.
BA offers free preventative maintenance advice over the phone upon request to help reduce handpiece overheads and repair expenses and maximise chair time utilisation. Furthermore, it provides advice on servicing, maintenance, regulations and recommended uses for handpieces and dental equipment. Working with leading manufacturers, BA gives guidance on reprocessing and adhering to the HTM 01-05 guidelines in the most cost-effective and time-efficient ways. The company provides after-sales services on repairs and purchases, as well as consumables. Furthermore, its staff can advise customers on the best product for their clinical needs if they have specific requirements regarding a handpiece or an item of small equipment.
As it is an approved DAC service centre, BA offers validation and servicing for the DAC UNIVERSAL. Its loan service ensures that while their autoclave is with the company, customers are not left without one, thereby avoiding disruption of their daily operations. The loan service applies to many other items too to help customers when they need it most. BA works with dentists to ensure that they experience as little interruption in their clinical work as possible, thus ensuring the best patient care.
It is evident that BA is far more than just a yellow bag. It offers a comprehensive range of services at the best price in the industry, guaranteeing that it will beat a better price. So why not call its technical service department to repair your faulty device?
A BA technician talking repairs with a customer in London last week. (Photograph: DTI)
Knowledge about risk factors associated with periodontal disease among patients referred to a specialist periodontal clinic
The patient’s awareness and knowledge of periodontal disease is a key factor for successful periodontal treatment. The objective of this study was to evaluate this knowledge among patients referred to a specialist periodontal clinic.
Schein extends loyalty scheme, announces new partnerships for Laboratory
The company introduced Rewards for the first time at the Dentistry Show in April. Since then, over 1,000 customers in the UK have enrolled in…
The company introduced Rewards for the first time at the Dentistry Show in April. Since then, over 1,000 customers in the UK have enrolled in the scheme, representatives said this morning at the BDIA Dental Showcase. Available exclusively to dentists and dental technicians, the programme is open to Henry Schein and Software of Excellence customers in the UK. Once enrolled, members enjoy a number of benefits, including special previews and early bird discounts on upcoming Henry Schein and Software of Excellence events. For a limited period, members will also receive a £100 discount on Practice Analysis, a new programme that is part of the company’s Dental Business Solutions offering to help practices increase their business revenue.
Also announced at Dental Showcase were new partnerships for Henry Schein Laboratory, allowing it to now exclusively offer BruxZir Shaded Milling Blanks, BruxZir Shaded 16, and BruxZir Anterior from Glidewell Laboratories to UK dental laboratories. Another recent addition to the portfolio is Roland DG’s DWX-51D five-axis milling unit, which effortlessly produces precise dental prostheses, including copings, crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays and abutments.
For more information on Henry Schein’s and Software of Excellence’s extensive portfolio of initiatives and programmes, including Rewards, visitors are invited to visit Booth J50/K50.
The Henry Schein UK team: Andy Sloan, Patrick Allen, Mackenzie Richter and Jan MacRae (from left to right/Photograph: DTI)
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Interview: “Something the market lacked before”
Dental Tribune Online: You are currently represented by four or five dealers in the UK market. What was the incentive behind showcasing your brand of…
Dental Tribune Online: You are currently represented by four or five dealers in the UK market. What was the incentive behind showcasing your brand of products directly at this year’s Dental Showcase?
Nicola Zanotti: The main reason is to present our brand of products directly to a UK audience. The market here does not represent a big portion our overall business yet. We are not as familiar to many dental professionals as some of the local brands. We are represented by several dealers though.
What is your flagship product here, and what benefits does it offer to dental professionals?
Luca Graziani: The focus of our stand here is our new thermal disinfector, Tethys H10 Plus, which decontaminates, washes, thermally disinfects and dries instruments with hot air, all in a single process, automatically preparing them for subsequent packaging and sterilisation. The device uses ultrasound for the washing process and, to the best of our knowledge, is the only machine on the market right now that offers that feature.
Tethys H10 Plus is not only easy to operate, but also makes the assistant’s work much safer because it takes over all the manual tasks on which the assistant previously had to spend a great deal of time. The main idea behind the machine was to significantly reduce the time and costs usually associated with disinfection.
How has the machine been received thus far?
Zanotti: Mocom is the only manufacturer that produces this kind of device that offers the advantages of ultrasound. Generally, the machine has been quite well received. The product is definitely something the market lacked before.
Thank you very much for the interview.
Editorial note: More information about Mocom’s products and services can be found at booth C60.
From left: Nicola Zanotti, Luca Graziani and Valentina Centola (Photograph: DTI)
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BDIA: Philips extends connected health portfolio with another new device
The small and compact device will be available from early 2017 and allow users to analyse a sample of their breath in under less than…
The small and compact device will be available from early 2017 and allow users to analyse a sample of their breath in under less than 30 seconds, company representatives told Dental Tribune Online on Thursday at the BDIA Dental Showcase in London. The results are displayed in real time and can be synchronised with the Philips Sonicare app for further feedback and analysis, such as breath quality pattern.
Also on display in London for the first time to a professional audience is the new Sonicare Flexcare Platinum Connected. The blue-tooth enabled toothbrush synchronises with the Philips Sonicare app to track brushing habits in real time. A number of sensors track and analyse the user’s brushing routine, while a personalised 3-D mouth map highlights trouble spots in order to coach the user on his or her brushing technique. Location sensors track where the user is brushing for too short a duration and a SmartTimer ensures that the user brushes for the recommended time in each segment of the mouth. Moreover, sensors alert the user when he or she is applying too much pressure or scrubbing the teeth rather than guiding the brush. A personalised touch-up feature identifies missed spots during brushing and encourages the user to go back to clean these.
Philips is currently exhibiting its large portfolio of oral health care products at Booth N23. An expert programme is being offered from Thursday to Saturday, with speakers presenting on a wide range of topics, including paediatric dentistry, tooth whitening and orthodontics.
The new Breathcare will be available from early 2017 on. (Photograph: DTI)
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New Water Flosser from Waterpik goes cordless
Operated by three AA batteries, the new device is extremely lightweight and portable, according to the company, and thus can be used for travel and…
Operated by three AA batteries, the new device is extremely lightweight and portable, according to the company, and thus can be used for travel and by people who do not have shaver sockets in their bathroom. Furthermore, it offers in-handle controls and two built-in pressure systems.
Since flossing with the Water Flosser has been shown to be more effective than interdental brushes at reducing gingival bleeding, the Cordless Freedom Water Flosser is suitable for patients undergoing orthodontic, periodontic or implant treatment, the company said. “Unlike string floss, the Waterpik Water Flosser has been clinically shown to remove plaque and reduce bleeding gums,” remarked Waterpik Director of Professional and Clinical Affairs Deborah M. Lyle on the results of several recent studies. “Water Flosser has also been shown to be up to three times as effective for removing plaque around braces and twice as effective for improving gum health around implants, compared to string floss.”
Waterpik is currently offering a special discount on the Cordless Freedom Water Flosser during the Dental Showcase. Visitors can obtain more information and collect their coupon at Booth O10.
Waterpik Sales Director Alec Hilton explaining the benefits of the new Watre Flosser Cordless Freedom (Photograph: DTI)
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Dental Tribune among 350 exhibitors at upcoming BDIA Dental Showcase
This year, the event is set to even exceed the previous edition in Birmingham, with more dental companies and dealers showcasing their ranges of innovative…
This year, the event is set to even exceed the previous edition in Birmingham, with more dental companies and dealers showcasing their ranges of innovative products and solutions for dental practices and laboratories. Among the many newcomers to London will be Dental Tribune International (DTI), which is exhibiting its extensive portfolio of publications and events at Booth N76. Visitors are invited to pick up the latest copy of Dental Tribune UK, as well as inform themselves about other DTI titles, such as the specialist magazines for a variety of dental disciplines and the Journal of Oral Science and Rehabilitation, which was launched in 2015 with the aim of providing high-quality research and clinical papers in the fields of periodontology, implant dentistry, prosthodontics and maxillofacial surgery. Information about the Dental Tribune Study Club, CME Clinical Masters’ Courses and DTI-organised events, such as the roots summit in Dubai, will also be available.
As with the other dental events and trade shows it reports on, DTI will be offering daily coverage of the show again through its website and e-newsletters. Attendees can easily sign up free for this service at www.dental-tribune.co.uk. There they will also find news about the latest product launches, interviews and daily impressions from the show.
With more than 350 leading dental companies, from global brands to newcomers, the Dental Showcase claims to have the widest selection of products under one roof in the UK. Every year, an increasing number of companies from Britain and outside the country launch their innovations here, making it the place to see it first. At the show this year, among other things, Philips is presenting its new Sonicare FlexCare Platinum electric toothbrush, which promises a new level of connectivity with the user. In addition, the company has announced the launch of a new teeth whitening initiative during the event.
Along with the industry showcase, over 100 mini- and on-stand lectures will be held over all three days, including product presentations and papers on clinical issues by nationally distinguished experts. New this year is the Go Digital! Zone, which aims to bring together the transformational technology in this area of dentistry, with sessions and demonstrations by some of the best speakers and technicians in the business. At the Implant Zone, sponsored by the Association of Dental Implantology, attendees will find out how to enter this ever-growing field of dentistry. Sessions are generally free and can be found throughout the exhibition area. By attending these lectures, visitors are entitled to continuing professional development certification. Instructions on how to obtain the certificates are provided on the show’s website.
“The science behind oral health products in the current market is immense,” the BDIA stated. “Our exhibition is the ideal opportunity to discover the very latest innovations that can improve the oral health of your patients. As well as networking with innovators and thought-leaders of modern-day dentistry, you will benefit from live demonstrations and hands-on interaction with every conceivable clinical and business product and service available today.”
The premier dental business event for the UK market, the BDIA Dental Showcase is held at ExCeL London every two years. Every other year, the show moves to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Each of the last two editions saw over 12,000 dental professionals from across the UK in attendance.
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Interview: “In the not-so-distant-future, half of all treatments will be done with aligners”
Dental Tribune Online: Dr Daher, this is the first time you have spoken at the BOC. How was your presentation received? Dr Sam Daher: I…
Dental Tribune Online: Dr Daher, this is the first time you have spoken at the BOC. How was your presentation received?
Dr Sam Daher: I have never been to the BOC, but I have spoken in London many times before. I can recall my first talk to a UK audience a couple of years ago. Back then, the interest in Invisalign was not what it is today, perhaps owing to a lack of faith in the system. Today, far more experience has been gleaned and we have seen much better results with it, so there is generally more interest from specialists. The attendance of my lecture here in Brighton was amazing. There is clearly much interest and far greater acceptance than before. Also, the questions posed were far more genuine.
Your presentation here in Brighton focused on open-bite treatment with clear aligners. Could you summarise some of your key points for our readers?
One of the main advantages of clear aligners is that with them we can control the vertical dimension. One of the worst things we can do in open-bite treatment is to allow the posterior teeth to push through. With clear aligners, we do not only prevent the posterior teeth from extruding, but actually intrude them a little, when needed, allowing us to control the vertical dimension and close the anterior open bite at a much faster rate than with any other fixed appliance as a matter of fact. Thus, what I aim for is to intrude the posterior teeth when there is already an anterior open bite. With both an anterior and posterior open bite, we create a mandible that simply autorotates and that will help close the anterior open bite.
ClinCheck and digital scanning have advanced clear aligner treatment. What impact have they had on digital technology in the field?
I have been using scanners for six years and have not taken one conventional impression since then. The first thing one notices when one starts using scanners is that aligners adapt so much better to the teeth because the scan is far more accurate. Second, it allows for an improved patient experience. Using polyvinyl siloxane material is always a hassle and a discomfort for the patient if the material gets into the mouth. Using scanners saves a great deal of time and is more comfortable for the patient.
Furthermore, with ClinCheck, which provides 3-D treatment planning, I am able to plan different approaches and then decide for myself. If I am still not certain, I can show the patient what each treatment outcome will look like and then let him or her decide. This way, it becomes an educational tool that can enhance patient compliance.
Aligner treatment is not without its critics. Is there any justification for this, in your opinion?
The aligner market has actually advanced quite a bit and this development is based on science, technology and experience. Aligners are custom made and that alone should be enough to elicit a positive response to aligners. What I personally like about this treatment modality is that the aligners do not apply a great deal of force, maybe 10, 20 or 30 g. Research has shown that this is the optimal amount of force; strong forces are not actually needed. Also, the clinical achievement is really in the hands of the orthodontist. There is very little downside to this as far as I am concerned.
There are certain shortfalls. For example, patient compliance and sometimes teeth do not move as one intended, but that happens with fixed braces too.
What was obvious here in Brighton is that orthodontics is at a crossroads. What role will clear aligners play in the future, in your opinion?
I believe—and I said that already five years ago—that in ten to 20 years, a much larger portion of our patients will be treated with aligners as opposed to fixed braces. Braces have allowed us to understand the biomechanics very well and aligners just take that same knowledge and apply it to invisible aligners.
The future role of clear aligners is also determined by patients asking for this treatment. Dentists not yet using aligners have had to learn this treatment modality and quickly. Thus, its role is definitely defined by a combination of technology improving quite nicely and patients requesting it as an aesthetic treatment modality, for example. I am sure that in the not-so-distant future half of all treatments will be done with aligners.
Where would you personally like to see aligner treatment heading in the future?
I think aligner suppliers need to provide auxiliaries as part of their systems too. At present, we obtain aligners from one company, but have to go elsewhere to obtain the elastics and mini-screws etc. In a few years, companies will hopefully offer a comprehensive package to allow dentists to plan much ahead of time.
Another area where clinicians could benefit is being able to use different materials for the start and the end of treatment—just like in conventional orthodontic treatment where we use NiTi at the start of treatment and stainless steel at the end. However, there is a great deal of improvement in this regard already.
You run two practices entirely focused on aligner treatment. What advice would you give a clinician who would like to switch to that business model?
It is important to first acquire the necessary clinical skills and become really comfortable using aligners. Treatment with aligners is not necessarily difficult, but it is a bit different, so it is necessary to become acquainted with it. The way to attain confidence is to treat enough patients––my guess is 1,000 or so. Once the clinician has become comfortable working with aligners, he or she can start thinking about switching.
Thank you very much for the interview.
Dr Sam Daher (Photograph: DTI)
Five-year esthetic evaluation of implants used to restore congenitally missing maxillary lateral incisors after orthodontic space opening treatment
This is a five-year follow-up study of a previous investigation with the aim of assessing the esthetic outcome of Morse taper implants used to replace congenitally missing lateral incisors after orthodontic treatment.