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9th March 2018The crown that rules them all

For a strong and esthetic restoration that you can trust, discover the high-translucency, multilayered Full-Contour Zirconia (FCZ) implant crown from Nobel Biocare.

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A monolithic material, it significantly reduces the risk of porcelain chipping. The full-contour properties also deliver outstanding esthetics, for natural-looking restorations your dentists and their patients will be delighted with.


About the FCZ, Lab owner Daniel Rosa commented:

“One of the first things that struck me was the accuracy offered by the NobelProcera production, right down to the occlusal detail.

“The only word that comes to mind is ‘exact’. Basically, whatever we design is then exactly transferred digitally by our NobelProcera 2G Scanner and exactly reproduced back into the physical world in zirconia via the NobelProcera milling centers.

“I know some technicians have concerns about the esthetics of full-contour products like this, but I’d suggest they reserve judgment with this one until they’ve tried it. With creative staining techniques, the NobelProcera FCZ Implant Crown can be made to look good in most situations.”

Nobel Biocare is delighted to have extended the FCZ range of solutions to now include implant bridges. Find out more today.

For more information about Nobel Biocare, please call 0208 756 3300,

or visit www.nobelbiocare.com


9th March 2018Dental restoration in one day

Providing dental implants for your patients can now be done faster and more efficiently, and possibly in one day

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Nobel Biocare’s new Trefoil™ system is an innovative full-arch solution that is perfect for treating the edentulous jaw with a fixed and definitive prosthesis. The system consists of a pre-manufactured titanium bar and a unique retention mechanism. The pre-manufactured framework is anatomically designed for the mandible’s natural arch and it has adaptive joints that adjust to compensate for deviations from the ideal implant position.


The Trefoil system saves substantial time for you and the laboratory, and it reduces chair time and time-to-teeth compared to conventional treatment.


To find out more about Nobel Biocare’s breakthrough Trefoil system, contact the team today.

For more information, contact Nobel Biocare on 0208 756 3300, or visit www.nobelbiocare.com


11th March 2018DTA appoint new President

The Dental Technologists Association (DTA) is delighted to announce that Delroy Reeves has been appointed as President for the coming year.

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Delroy_Reeves_croppedDelroy began working as a dental technician about 40 years ago, completing his initial training at an in-house dental laboratory in Jamaica.


His education continued here in the UK at South London College, where he gained a City and Guilds Final Certificate in 1983 and a City and Guilds Advanced in Crown and Bridge Technology in 1986. He runs his own crown and bridge dental laboratory in London.

A member of the Council of DTA since 2011, Delroy is a keen runner and a Deputy Churchwarden in his spare time!

Delroy says "I’m delighted and honoured to be taking over as DTA President at this time of great change. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of our member publication, The Technologist, and I believe we have much to celebrate. I look forward to working with colleagues on the DTA team to support our members."


23rd February 2018Updated radiography guideline

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK))’s Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography, the leading text on indications for radiographic investigation in dentistry, has been updated following the implementation of revised regulations on the use of ionising radiation.

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The changes are reflected in both the free online version of the guidance and the printed book (available at www.fgdp.org.uk/shop).


The update to the third edition takes into account the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17), which took effect on 1 January 2018, and the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 (IRMER17), which came into effect on 6 February 2018. IRR17 supersedes IRR99, and IRMER17 has replaced both the original IRMER 2000 and the amendments from 2006 and 2011. Both apply in England, Scotland and Wales; dentists in Northern Ireland should continue to comply with the existing local regulations.


The update has been carried out by Professor Keith Horner, Co-Editor of the third edition, who has previously published an analysis of the implications of the revised regulations for dentists and dental practice teams.


One key change of immediate relevance is that employers are now required to register dental practices with the Health and Safety Executive if they use radiographic equipment. Applications for registration must be made online, incur a one-off fee of £25, and should have been made by 5 February. The FGDP(UK) is advising any employers yet to register their practice(s) to do so immediately.


Professor Horner has recently been appointed an Honorary Fellow of FGDP(UK) for his service to the profession over many years. The award will be conferred at the FGDP(UK) Diplomates’ Day in London on Monday 12 March.


19th February 2018Prosthetics Dental Technician required - Cricklewood

An experienced Prosthetics Dental Technician is required for a small, busy laboratory in Cricklewood, north west London.

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For more details and contact information please see the Jobs Page on this website.


16th February 2018GDPR Documents available for download

We have added 3 GDPR documents to the Guidance Documents page for DTA members.

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They are:

  • Data Protection Audit
  • Data Protection Audit Guidance Notes
  • Data Protection Policy

A DTA Membership login is needed to access the page.


25th January 2018Dental Protection: GDC should remain dedicated regulator in reform plans, but opportunity for improvement must be seized

While there is need for significant improvements to the GDC’s Fitness to Practise processes, and the legal framework which underpins regulation, the GDC should remain the dedicated dental regulator, Dental Protection said today (24th Jan).

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In its response to the Department of Health (DH) consultation on the future of professional regulation in healthcare, Dental Protection said change is long overdue - but warned against reform that would see the creation of a ‘super regulator’ or a similar large scale amalgamation which could result in a lack expertise and understanding of the distinct professions. It said there was a strong case for the GDC to remain the regulator for dentists and dental therapist as they carry out high risk interventions within a clinical setting on a daily basis and as such, require a regulator with the requisite experience and expertise.


Dental Protection has however urged DH to use the opportunity to significantly improve the GDC’s Fitness to Practise function and ensure the regulator follows a fair process that patients, dentists and the governments of the UK can have confidence in. It said the legislation which underpins the work of the GDC is outdated and in some areas requires them to conduct their operations in a way that is inefficient and not in the best interest of patients or professionals.


Other improvements Dental Protection said should be considered include:


  1. Further steps to mitigate the harmful effects of a Fitness to Practise investigation on a dentist’s health and avoid them becoming disillusioned and leaving dentistry
  2. Consideration of how the regulator can be mandated to conduct Fitness to Practise investigations within a given time frame, perhaps via a Regulators Charter. In 2015/16 the GDC reported that the median time to conclude a case referred for a final hearing (from receipt of the complaint) is 90 weeks. This is too long.
  3. A Regulators Charter could also specify data that should be published each year to generate greater transparency. The data would include but not be restricted to specific data sets for the average length of time of an investigation, the number of investigations that last for more than 12 months, and the number of cases that last beyond two years.
  4. Dentistry is heavily regulated and unnecessary burdens should be removed wherever possible. While the question of the need for regulation of dentists and dental therapists has long been settled, the same is not true of other members of the dental team. Therefore, all members of the team should be objectively reassessed to determine the most appropriate form of regulation.


Raj Rattan, Director at Dental Protection, said: said: “We welcome the Government’s desire to drive forward the debate on the shape and structure of healthcare professional regulation. In many areas reform is long overdue.


“After the important question of what organisation should regulate dentists, no issue is of more fundamental importance to the reform debate than Fitness to Practise.


“We support dentists and other healthcare professionals day in day out as they go through this often long, complex process and see the physical and psychological impact. A range of improvements are needed, and this consultation presents a real opportunity to bring the legislation that underpins regulation up to date, while retaining the important statutory safeguards that ensure a transparent, consistent and fair Fitness to Practise process for all.”



25th January 2018Prosthetic Technician required - Gloucester

Please see the Jobs page on this website for more information and contact details.


19th January 2018ACAS Updates

From the ACAS South West e-connect Newsletter 16/01/18:

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New National Minimum and Living Wage Rates
The changes take effect from the start of April, make sure you're prepared.


Employment Law Updates
Keep up to date with employment law changes and our latest guidance.

Human Resource Management for Beginners
This practical course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of employing people.

Skills for Supervisors and People Managers
These courses are designed to assist those in management positions to best manage people.




A list of course dates for the Bracon Digital Courses is now on the Events, Meetings & Courses page on this website




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The Bracon International Training and Education Centre, otherwise known as BITE, is an exciting new state of the art training facility. This will provide a hub in the South of England for all Dental Professionals and is part of Bracon's continued commitment to the Dental Team. Through this centre we offer fully compliant in-house CPD courses; to aid you in your development and to give you an opportunity to get hands-on with some of the products and equipment that we can supply.


For a list of course dates, please visit the Events, Meetings & Courses page on this website


15th January 2018MHRA streamlines services for devices customers

The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has launched a new online service to support customers of the devices division.


"At MHRA we are always working to improve the transparency, responsiveness, usability and effectiveness of our services.

To make our systems easier to use, we have developed and successfully piloted a new online service..."

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15th January 2018ACAS - Mental Health in the Workplace

ACAS have issued a newsletter given help and advice relating to Mental Health in the Workplace


A link to the newsletter is on the Guidance Documents page of this website under the ACAS section


20th December 2017FGDP(UK) appoints ‘Transition Board’

In a message to members, the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has announced the membership of a ‘Transition Board’ as it works to establish an independent College for general dental practice.

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The board is chaired by Professor Nairn Wilson CBE, Emeritus Professor of Dentistry at King’s College London, a Past President of the British Dental Association, former Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Past President of the General Dental Council, and former Editor of both the Journal of Dentistry and FGDP(UK)'s Primary Dental Journal.


Joining Professor Wilson will be Kevin Lewis, Consultant Editor for Dentistry magazine and former Dental Director at Dental Protection; Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council and former Chief Executive of the General Dental Council; Neil Sawbridge, a former Chief Financial Officer of an American banking group; and Dr Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK).


FGDP Transition Board

Left to right: Neil Sawbridge, Dr Mick Horton, Professor Nairn Wilson, Kevin Lewis, Duncan Rudkin


The Faculty was formed 25 years ago by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) as the professional home for general dental practitioners - sitting alongside the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS), the professional body for dental surgeons.


Dr Horton says the new organisation will aim “to provide a collegiate home and professional standing for general dental practitioners and all members of the general dental team”, and the new board will work with the current FGDP(UK) Board, the RCS and the FDS with the aim of testing and completing the changes required to establish the new College.


The statement also confirms that joint FGDP(UK)-FDS membership will not be affected during the transition period.


20th December 2017The Advancing Dental Care (ADC) project seeks your views

The Advancing Dental Care (ADC) project has been established by Health Education England (HEE) to review the roles, composition, skills and training needs of the whole dental team, and identify change where necessary.

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This project will enquire how to meet future patient needs and provide greater workforce flexibility both for the NHS service and for individuals. To deliver this vision a range of innovative ideas will be explored.


One of the workstreams which has been identified is to review the Scope of Practice as well as explore wider health care skill sets, such as taking blood pressure, height weight checks, blood glucose monitoring and consider how they can best support the delivery of future dental care.


We would be most grateful if, you could spare ten minutes to share your ideas on this important aspect of the review by completing this survey. The survey is anonymous results of the survey will be used to inform a set of proposals on the dental workforce which will then go out for national consultation, so your input can really make a difference. Please view the animation before you complete the questionnaire it is 4 minutes long. Please click on the link below for the animation the survey link is at the bottom of this news item.




We hope you will appreciate that the dental contract is a separate issue and comments about it are not relevant for this particular exercise, although clearly is a factor that underpins any changes in the delivery of NHS primary dental care. When completing the questionnaire, we would ask you to bear in mind the contribution of the whole team and indeed the wider healthcare workforce to delivering dental care.

Thank you for taking the time to complete. Please use the link below to access the questionnaire.




12th December 2017Hospital and Medical Care Association Offer

HMCA specialises in providing benefits exclusively for membership groups in the U.K. and Ireland and has done so since the 1970s.
HMCA discusses the needs of the groups with their executives and provides the appropriate benefits for their members and their families

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Because we offer our plans only to membership groups subscriptions can be less expensive than other plans.


For more information please view the pdf


30th November 2017A FAB Three Days!

With learning and networking opportunities available to dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental nurses and dental technicians, the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s (BACD) Annual Conference was another resounding success this year.

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Key lectures of interest to dental technicians included Phil Reddington’s hands-on workshop on effective anatomical wax ups for provisionalisation, and Dr Rahman’s session on utilising e.max crowns.


Keynote speaker, Dr Francesca Vailati, also proved a hit, demonstrating her Three-Step technique for full rehabilitation.


There were also plenty of opportunities for delegates to interact with both the speakers and colleagues throughout the event, whether around the exhibition or during panel discussions.


In addition, the black-tie Gala Dinner provided a delicious meal and exciting entertainment, with the The Rock’N’Roll theme going down particularly well as delegates danced the night away!


If you couldn’t make this year’s conference, be sure to book early and enjoy the wide array of lectures and workshops on offer next year!


BADC Conference 2017


1st December 2017All I Want for Christmas - Oral Health Day in Blackpool

People in recovery, and other groups who find it hard to access NHS dental services in Blackpool received essential dental treatment onboard a mobile dental unit operated by Dentaid.

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Oral Health Day in BlackpoolThe project was funded by Horizon, Blackpool Council’s drug, alcohol and non-clinical sexual health support for Blackpool residents – and was the brainchild of Carole Houston, Communications Lead for Horizon, Janet Goodwin, President of the Oral Health Foundation and Blackpool resident, and Pam Swain, Chief Executive of the British Association of Dental Nurses, which is based near Blackpool. The event was attended by Deputy Chief Dental Officer, Eric Rooney.

Carole’s previous PR experience in dentistry had led to her meeting Janet and Pam, and also made her aware of the work done by Dentaid. Having obtained funding from Horizon to commission Dentaid, Carole went ahead organising the Day at the Church Street centre used as a focal point for the recovery programme, liaising with Janet Goodwin on oral health education materials provided by the OHF and with Pam Swain who asked for volunteer dental nurses from the BADN membership. Horizon volunteers, themselves in recovery, were also on hand to offer support to nervous patients.

Despite a couple of hiccups – fuses in the centre blew twice and the kettle and microwave had to be cannibalised to restore power to the mobile unit! - 47 patients were seen, including many who had been suffering long-term dental pain. One patient had 5 teeth extracted and a further 16 had at least one tooth removed. The team also provided scale and polishes, fillings, fluoride application for children and oral health advice. Several patients had not seen a dentist for several years, either because of access difficulties or because of previous difficult experiences.

“At Horizon we are very conscious” said Carole “that many of our clients find it difficult to access NHS dental treatment for various reasons. We therefore wanted to make dental treatment as accessible as possible for our clients and other vulnerable people in Blackpool. We commissioned the Dentaid team to bring their mobile unit into the heart of the recovery community in Blackpool to help to break down any perceived barriers. The event was a tremendous success and the feedback from the patients was very positive. So many patients had been in desperate need of dental treatment but either didn’t know how to access treatment or were too anxious to seek help. This initiative was created especially for our clients, bringing dental treatment directly to them.


“We were delighted that Eric Rooney came along to support the event, and his ideas for bringing various services together to improve access to dental care for our clients in future was a perfect outcome from a very successful day.”


23rd November 2017FGDP(UK) to publish implant dentistry standards

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has announced that it will be publishing new national standards on implant dentistry next year.

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FGDPThe work is being led by Professor Cemal Ucer, a former President of the Association of Dental Implantology, together with co-authors Dr Simon Wright and Dr Andrew Shelley, and will be widely consulted on before it is finalised.


FGDP(UK) already publishes Training Standards in Implant Dentistry, which is used by the General Dental Council to define the training that should be undertaken to carry out implant dentistry in the UK, and the standards which should be met by training courses.


The Faculty also delivers the highly respected FGDP(UK) Diploma in Implant Dentistry, having taught almost 600 students in London, Leeds and Hong Kong since 2003.


Professor Ucer and Dr Wright are Directors of Implant Centres of Excellence (ICE) Postgraduate Institute and Hospital, and Academic Leads for the MSc in Dental Implantology at Edge Hill University, and Dr Andrew Shelley is a Specialist in Prosthodontics, and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.


Due to be published in the second half of 2018, Standards in Implant Dentistry’s evidence-graded recommendations will be categorised using the Faculty’s ‘ABC’ (Aspirational, Basic, Conditional) notation.


Dr Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK), said:

“Implant dentistry is one of the most significant advances in oral healthcare of the last 30 years, and is now routinely available, and an increasingly popular treatment from which thousands of patients are benefitting every year. Since 2008, the profession has agreed on the standards to which dentists must be trained in order to place implants safely and competently, and while a range of guidance on clinical care is available, the FGDP(UK) recognises the need to establish clear national standards for the benefit of patients. I would like to thank Professor Ucer and his team on behalf of the Faculty for their ongoing work.”


Professor Cemal Ucer, Editor of Standards in Implant Dentistry, said:

“Delivery of satisfactory dental implant treatment, and its long-term success and maintenance, requires complex and invasive surgical and restorative procedures using a variety of highly specialised products, biomaterials and equipment. Constantly emerging new materials, techniques and treatment modalities can give rise to variance in the standard of treatment between practitioners and institutions, and we are developing Standards in Implant Dentistry to enable dentists to optimise their quality of patient care and reduce variations in treatment outcomes. Based on a systematic review of the evidence and critical appraisal of the benefits and harms of all treatment options, our best practice guidelines should be seen to set national standards on how patients who are candidates for dental implant treatment should be assessed and treated.”


The Faculty recently published Dementia-Friendly Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines, and to mark its 25th anniversary is currently offering a discount on its other guidance and standards publications, Standards in Dentistry, Clinical Examination and Record-Keeping, Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography, and Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners.


17th November 2017FGDP(UK) says oral cancer fight hangs in the balance as JCVI defers decision on HPV

The Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)) has cautiously welcomed the deferral of a decision on whether to recommend the HPV vaccination to boys, but says the fight against the increasing prevalence of oral cancer hangs in the balance.

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FGDP LogoIn July, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) consulted on an ‘interim position’ that it was not minded to recommend that boys be immunised. HPV Action, a campaign group of which the Faculty is a member, responded that the JCVI’s position was legally questionable and the result of flawed modelling, and separately sent a detailed Equality Analysis of the policy to the Department of Health. Minutes published this week reveal that the JCVI has now taken a step back from its interim position, deferring a decision until its modelling has been reviewed and equality issues have been more fully considered.


HPV causes 5% of all cancers, and 2,000 men a year in the UK are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer, of whom almost half will die from the condition within five years. HPV is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers, and over two-thirds of oral cancer diagnoses, which have increased sharply in recent years to around 20 a day, are in men.


Since 2008, girls have been vaccinated against HPV on the NHS at age 12/13, leading to a significant reduction in the prevalence of the virus among women. HPV Action has been campaigning for men to be offered the same protection as women, as will soon be the case in 15 other countries – a position backed by 97% of dentists and 94% of doctors in a poll earlier this year.


HPV Action says the gender divide has already left 3.5 million young men unvaccinated against a fast-growing and potentially fatal virus – including around 1.5 million in the four years since the JCVI started considering the issue - and will leave another 400,000 boys a year unprotected until both sexes are treated equally.


However, the deferral is no guarantee that the government will decide to give boys the life-saving vaccine, and HPV Action is calling for a speedy decision and full transparency of the decision-making process, and has indicated that it may later refer the issue to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


Dr Mick Horton, Dean of FGDP(UK), said:


“The fight against oral cancer hangs in the balance, yet the NHS already provides an HPV vaccine to women, but not men, which it acknowledges is just as effective for men. Dentists and doctors see the devastation that HPV-related cancers wreak on patients and their families, so it is welcome that the Government’s vaccination advisory committee might finally be listening; but unless and until immunisation is extended to boys, an increasing number of men will continue to die needlessly.”


Peter Baker, HPV Action Campaign Director, said:


“While we are pleased that the JCVI is listening, we are very concerned about how long this is taking. The review began in 2013 and a decision was supposed to have been made in 2015, then early 2017, then late 2017 and now we are looking at 2018. While the JCVI risks being compared to the Chilcot Inquiry, some 400,000 more boys are each year being left at risk of infection and the diseases caused by HPV. The JCVI must act quickly.”


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