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18th September 2018Photos from OTA Conference

A slideshow of photos from this year's OTA conference held in Nottingham on 14th/15th September is available to view

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Click here to go to the slideshow (member login required)


18th September 2018NHS England Long Term Plan

You will be aware that NHS England is developing a 'Long Term Plan'. As part of the development of this plan NHS England is keen to engage with those who work in or alongside the NHS and ensure that they have the opportunity to contribute their ideas, experiences and insights.


We would urge you to take this opportunity to engage and also to share these link amongst your networks and members. The deadline for submission is 30th September 2018

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11th September 2018Exciting job opportunity at the Dental Technologists Association

DTA are recruiting an administrator to co-ordinate the Association’s activities – could that be you?


Visit our Jobs Page (www.dta-uk.org/jobs) for more information


10th September 2018New denture care guidelines announced!

The Oral Health Foundation have just published new Denture Care guidelines and would love to share them with you.


They have been developed by a multi-disciplinary global expert panel and aim to address the lack of consistent recommendations for cleaning and maintaining dentures.


By publishing global guidelines based on the best available evidence, they aim to make it easier for you to provide the right guidance to denture-wearers.

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For full information, please visit the Oral Health Foundation's website: https://www.dentalhealth.org/denturecareguidelines


10th September 2018New Documents available on this website

Two new documents are now available to support the recent article on employing young people

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They are:


  • Young Person Contract
  • Young Person Offer Letter


And can be found on the Guidance Documents page of this website under the Human Resources >> Other section


4th September 2018Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) Focus Meeting - November 2018

Don’t miss your chance to book for the ADI Focus Meeting 2018!


Entitled “Innovations in Dental Implantology”, the event boasts an outstanding speaker line-up from around the world ...

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Speakers include:


• Ziv Mazor
• Karl Ulrich Volz
• Anas Aloum
• Costa Nicolopoulos
• Rana Al-Falaki
• Howard Gluckman


They will cover a myriad of topics from osseodensification to bone growing implants, immediate loading with permanent restorations, lasers in peri-implantitis management and partial extraction therapies.


For more information and booking details please visit the Events, Meetings and Courses page on this website


4th September 2018Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) Update

For all orthodontic technicians or clinical dental technicians looking for up-to-date education and products, the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) has you covered and DTS does not just offer lectures presented by world-class speakers – it also features an extensive lab-dedicated trade exhibition with the latest products, materials and technologies.

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All technical fields covered


For all orthodontic technicians or clinical dental technicians looking for up-to-date education and products, the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) has you covered.


“It’s great to come and meet with fellow OTA members, network with our clinical colleagues and share any issues, new advances. This event works very well with a large selection of dental laboratory suppliers.” Andrea Johnson, Vice Chair, OTA


"I come here to see new products and meet up with people. I really like the merger between dentistry and technology as it’s relevant to my role.” Stephen Wears, clinical dental technician


Not just lectures


The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) does not just offer lectures presented by world-class speakers – it also features an extensive lab-dedicated trade exhibition with the latest products, materials and technologies.


“We attended for information on going digital and to gain CPD. There was definitely more than expected in the exhibition!” Jo Clough, dental technician


“I like this show because you get the best of both worlds – lectures and trade, I would definitely recommend the show – I love it.” Fokrin Ole, orthodontic technician


Make sure you don’t miss DTS 2019.


DTS 2019 – Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May 2019

– NEC in Birmingham, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.

www.the-dts.co.uk  / 020 7348 5270 / dts@closerstillmedia.com


4th September 2018All change - With a few small changes, your lab could stand out from the crowd and offer your patients and clients just that little bit more

By incorporating UltaireTM AKP you can deliver consistently high quality removable partial denture frames (RPDs) that are comfortable, biocompatible and metal-free!

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UltaireTM AKP is a new generation, high performance polymer developed by Solvay Dental 360TM that is thin and lightweight but stable and durable. It has just the right elasticity and flexural strength to provide excellent retention and with unique ‘snap in fit’ clasps it offers superior aesthetic results too.

Solvay Dental 360TM is passionate about education and offers laboratory training with the opportunity for dental technicians to extend their skills and accelerate the digital workflow.

UltaireTM AKP can help your laboratory to stay ahead of the curve. So find out how you can make a worthwhile change in the right direction by contacting Solvay Dental 360TM now.

For more information about Solvay Dental 360TM, UltaireTM AKP and DentiveraTM milling discs, please visit www.solvaydental360.com


23rd August 2018Dental Technicians and Clinical Dental Technicians Study Morning

To be held at Birmingham Dental Hospital on 24th November. No cost, limited places.

Includes Dental Photography and GDC e-CPD.

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For more information please visit the Events, Meetings and Courses page on this website.


23rd August 2018Exciting opportunity with leading London hospitals

The Dental directorate at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital are looking for providers to carry out dental laboratory work including crown and bridge work ... amongst other services relating to the restoration of teeth.

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


8th August 2018DTA President's August blog is now available

The DTA President's August blog is now available under the News menu


7th August 2018Vacancies available in a busy Prosthetic and C&B laboratory

All skill levels considered

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For more information please see the Jobs Page on this website


1st August 2018DTS - Save The Date

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) has proven itself time and time again to be the event of the year for all dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, orthodontic technicians and lab owners.

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Offering two-days of first-class education, including several hours of enhanced CPD, as well as copious networking opportunities and an extensive trade exhibition demonstrating the latest innovations, DTS really does have it all.


Delegates at the 2018 event commented:


“I’ve really enjoyed DTS this year. It’s good to get CPD and to discover the latest methods, materials and courses.” – Saba Zaherdoust, dental technician


“It’s good to see what’s going on as new solutions – a lot of them digital – come to the market. The event is a fantastic opportunity to mix with other technicians and expand my knowledge for free.” – Hiten Parmer, dental technician


To make sure you don’t miss out in 2019, save the dates in your diary today!


DTS 2019 will be held on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May

at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.

For further details, visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270 or email dts@closerstillmedia.com


1st August 2018Nobel Biocare Press Release - Seamless collaboration

Working together with your collaborating dentists is the key to making sure that patients receive the best restorations possible.

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Created in order to facilitate this relationship, the DTX Studio™ design software from Nobel Biocare is a wonderful choice for technicians who want to make the most of communication with their dentists.


Offering enhanced data sharing options, the system gives technicians access to detailed patient case data and allows them to communicate with the dentist throughout the duration of the case. This up-to-date information, alongside the system’s powerful CAD tools, helps to ensure that restorations are incredibly accurate and also encourages faster turnaround times.


These tools are perfectly suited to technicians of any experience level and can be used in various ways. For less experienced technicians the design tools provide easy to follow workflows, whilst for more experienced professionals the power of the technology will allow them to tackle even the most complex of cases.


A cutting-edge blend of communication and design, see how your laboratory could benefit from the DTX Studio design software by contacting Nobel Biocare today.


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


20th June 2018Think Suppler, Think BDIA Member

The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has launched a new initiative,‘Think Supplier, Think BDIA Member’ to remind the dental profession of the benefits of purchasing from BDIA member companies.

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Since 1923 BDIA members have been working closely with the dental profession to provide the quality, innovative and dependable equipment and services that are needed, day in day out. Bound by a comprehensive Professional Code of Practice*, bespoke training and a common vision to provide the profession with the best possible service, the Association is urging all those involved in purchasing dental equipment to ‘Think Supplier, Think BDIA Member’


BDIA President, Sonia Tracey of W & H (UK) urges the dental profession, “When it comes to purchasing products, remember that BDIA members have committed to their industry Code of Practice requiring the supply of high quality products and services, supported by adequate stocks, spares, maintenance and technical information for the expected life of the product, so when you think supplier, think BDIA member.”

Edmund Proffitt, BDIA Chief Executive adds, “Building on the awareness of our award-winning campaign against counterfeit dental products, we are urging the profession to think about the benefits of purchasing from those suppliers who have signed up to the industry association with its comprehensive Code of Practice and the reassurances that commitment provides to customers”.


The campaign will feature a series of advertisements in the dental press, followed up with editorial features and pages on the new BDIA website, www.bdia.org.uk.


The BDIA was formed in 95 years ago to bring together like minded dental manufacturers, suppliers and service providers. Now over 120 companies share the vision to provide quality, accountable, competent and trustworthy services to the dental profession.

*The BDIA Code of Practice and details of the BDIA Certificate: Introduction to Dentistry are all available on the BDIA website – www.bdia.org.uk


14th June 2018Dental Protection: Good record keeping key in phase-down of dental amalgam

Dental Protection is reminding dentists in the UK to maintain good clinical records and obtain full consent if a decision is made to use amalgam as a restorative material, ahead of changes to EU Regulations on its use.

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The EU Mercury Regulation is intended to protect the environment from the adverse effects of mercury pollution. It reflects the aims of the Minamata Treaty to reduce the use of dental amalgam in the medium to long term, and to eventually phase it out altogether.


From 1 July 2018 amalgam is not to be used in primary teeth, children under 15 years and during pregnancy/breastfeeding - except if deemed necessary on the ground of ‘specific medical needs’. This should be interpreted as including the specific dental needs of the patient.


By 1 July 2019 the UK and other EU member states will be required to have a national plan on the phasing down of the use of dental amalgam.


Dental Protection advises members to take extra care in obtaining consent and record keeping, to help in defending any future claims, complaints or regulatory investigations that may arise from the use of amalgam in the restricted groups.


Dr Raj Rattan, Dental Director at Dental Protection said: “Complaints and claims may arise despite a dentist’s efforts to ensure that patients are satisfied with their treatment. Therefore, in situations such as these extra care needs to be taken.


“If a dentist deems it appropriate to use amalgam in a patient in one of the restricted groups, they must communicate the rationale to the patient, or the person who has parental responsibility for them, explain why the decision is in the patient’s best interest, and provide information about the material risks and benefits of amalgam in that particular situation. Valid consent must then be obtained ensuring they are aware of the restriction in specific patient groups.


“In order for the patient or their guardian‘s consent to be valid, they should be given the opportunity and time to ask questions about the proposed treatment to make an informed shared decision.


“Once the decision has been agreed, the justification for placing the amalgam should then be recorded in the patient’s clinical records, along with any discussions about the options, risks, benefits and costs as part of the consent process.


“Records should state clearly on what basis the decision to use amalgam in one of the restricted groups was taken, and that it was made with the patient or guardian’s full knowledge and understanding.”


The use of amalgam is so far not restricted in patients who do not fall into the identified groups. However, patients with knowledge of the restriction may express anxieties about the use of dental amalgam in their own mouths.


In these circumstances Dental Protection advises members to discuss the position of the EU Regulation with the patient, explain the risks and benefits, discuss any alternatives and ensure proper consent is obtained before proceeding with the treatment. Details of this discussion should be recorded in the patient’s records.


Dr Raj Rattan added: “Without proper consent and comprehensive, well-kept records, a dentist will be heavily disadvantaged in defending any allegations made down the line. Detailed records of treatment will influence whether a case can be defended or whether it will need to be settled. Dental Protection can provide members with further advice and guidance.”


31st May 201870,000 more toddlers to get their first dental check-up as NHS England targets childhood dental health

This week NHS England have published a press release relating to Starting Well Core, an initiative to increase dental access and preventive care for children aged 0-2 years.

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NHS England is calling on dentists to see an additional 70,000 pre-school children as part of a drive in the health service’s 70th year, to help young families to get into the habit of good dental health.


Latest data show that over 140 children per day, some just one year old, are having decayed teeth removed. These are now being tackled head on with a newly launched awareness programme supporting 24,000 dentists across England to see more children from a young age.


Click here to read the full article on NHS England website (new window/tab)


30th May 2018Pioneering innovations, proven track record and second-to-none service

“We have been working with Nobel Biocare restorative components for nearly 25 years. Over the past twelve years we have scanned, designed and ordered the full range of NobelProcera® products – abutments, implant bridges, copings and bars, in all the available materials.”


John Russell, owner of 2nd Nature Dental Design laboratory in Belfast, comments on his long-term working relationship with Nobel Biocare.

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“The finish on the milled components is superb; the titanium bars, in particular, are of exceptional quality. Everything fits first time. Nobel Biocare was milling CAD solutions years before anybody else offered these services, all based on a sound scientific, manufacturing background.


“Any time I’ve had to call the Nobel Biocare office, the team’s service and product knowledge has been second-to-none. Technical support for the scanners and software has been excellent and very friendly. Calls are usually answered right away and if the technical representative is unavailable, you can expect a returned call, normally within the hour.


“Nobel Biocare pioneered implantology and was a fore runner in digital technology. They have a proven track record and provide innovative solutions for all aspects of patient care and restoration. I would absolutely recommend them.”


24th July 2018FGDP welcomes U-turn on HPV

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)) has welcomed the recommendation that the NHS vaccination programme for girls against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) be extended to boys.

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Three years later than initially expected, and a year after publishing an interim statement opposing extension of the programme, the government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now issued a final recommendation that gender-neutral vaccination is in fact “highly likely” to be cost effective. The Scottish and Welsh Governments have since announced that they will roll out vaccination to boys.


HPV affects 80% of men at some point in their lives, causes 5% of all cancers and is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers. With each passing year, 400,000 more young men go unvaccinated, 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 Action www.hpvaction.org, a campaign group of which the Faculty is a member, described the JCVI’s previous position as flawed and legally questionable https://www.fgdp.org.uk/news/jcvi-position-flawed-and-legally-questionable-says-hpv-action. Following the JCVI’s reversal of its position, the final decisions on whether and when the vaccination will be rolled out to boys in England rest with the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Faculty, together with other national dental organisations, recently wrote to the Minister for Public Health to make the case for extending the programme https://www.fgdp.org.uk/news/letter-minister-public-health.


Ian Mills, Dean of FGDP(UK), said:


“The JCVI’s U-turn is welcome news, as oral cancer is a serious and potentially devastating condition, and the more we can do to prevent it, the better. The whole dental team plays an important role in delivering advice on the prevention of oral cancer and diagnosing potentially malignant lesions early. The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) is therefore delighted to see commitments to introduce the HPV vaccination for boys in Scotland and Wales, which may in turn reduce the numbers of individuals affected by this debilitating and life-threatening disease. We would urge Ministers to make the same commitment for boys in England, and call on all the UK’s governments to roll out the vaccination as soon as possible.”


12th July 2018Dental Technology Apprenticeship

Boost your business through an Apprenticeship


Lambeth College offer apprenticeships aligned to the government’s 2017 apprenticeship reform (including levy implementation). Apprenticeships are an effective way to innovate and up-skill your workforce to increase loyalty and improve productivity. Training is available for your new and existing staff.

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Our offer includes:


• Modern training facilities
• Quality training delivered by experienced industry professionals
• Dedicated employers advisory service/account management
• Access to government training funding and incentive payments
• Bespoke training needs analysis
• Free screening/selection process
• Regular feedback of apprenticeship progress


Job Role

The course is approved by the General Dental Council. Our learners study the theory and manufacture of dental appliances. The lessons take place in well-equipped dental laboratories on our campus at Clapham Common.

With the support of our well qualified and experienced specialist teachers, you will learn the theoretical aspect and practical work of prosthodontics, basic orthodontics and crown & bridge work. During year 1, you will complete 5 units, covering: dental anatomy, dental materials, health & safety, Law and Ethics.

Assessment of the course is carried out through written assignments and practical work.


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This course will allow you to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge in all aspects of work carried out as a dental technician. It leads to a recognised General Dental Council approved qualification which will enable you to register with the GDC and carry out the profession of a dental technician.

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What does it involve?
The qualification is delivered over 3 years on a part time day-release basis from your employment. You will study the theoretical and practical techniques of the fabrication of dental appliances in
• Prosthetics - full and partial dentures
• Fixed Prosthodontics - crowns and bridges
• Orthodontics - alignment and straightening of teeth using various appliances
You will also study the associated areas of dental anatomy; dental biomaterial science; medical emergencies and first aid; legislation, professionalism and ethics.

How is it assessed?
Assessment for the BTEC qualification is based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. A grade is awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level. Written and practical elements assess:
• Application of knowledge and understanding
• Development of practical and technical skills
• Personal development for occupational roles
• Application of generic skills


What can I do next?
After completing the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Technology, you may choose various pathways to continue professional development. Registration with the General Dental Council is essential in order to practice as a Dental Technician. You may progress into Higher Education; there are several institutions in the UK delivering the BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology.

What are the entry requirements for the course?
You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade 9 to 4/A* to C, including Science, English Language and maths at Grade 9 t 4/A* to C or A relevant Level 2 vocational qualification plus English Language and Maths at GCSE Grade 9 to 4/A* to C
Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an equivalent to GCSE Grade 9 to 4/A* to C.
You must be in employment or actively seeking employment in a Dental Laboratory.
In addition, the General Dental Council states: You are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and must be in good physical and mental health for the protection of patients.


Course Fees
The fee for the course is £7395 for the full three years. Please see below for remitted fees:


16-18 as at 31 August 2018:

Fees remitted


19-23 at the Start of the Course:

Fees may be remitted if this is your first full level 3 qualification. Otherwise you'll be charged the full amount of the course fees but you may be eligible to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan.


24 and Over at the Start of the Course:
You will need to pay for the full amount of your course fees but you may be eligible to apply for the Advanced Learning Loan.

How do I apply?
You can apply online by visiting the college website: https://www.nottinghamcollege.ac.uk/course-detail?i=3536


The college Dental Laboratory is at our Maid Marian Way Campus in the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport.
Nottingham College
Maid Marian Way


If you would like any further information or wish to arrange an interview for a place on the course, please contact the course leader Jayne Judson on 07717764880 or emailjayne.judson@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk



5th July 2018Dental Technology at Matthew Boulton College (Birmingham Metropolitan College)

Foundation Degree in Dental Technology partnered with the University of Worcester - Recruiting now for September 2018

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Key Features


You can study full-time over 2 years or part-time over 3 years. The taught component of the course will normally be delivered over 3 days per week across 2 semesters per year (1 and a half days per week for part-time students with remittance for experience)

  • Authentic work-based learning is an integral part of the course design - with an on-going application of theory and practice, where one environment supports learning in the other
  • Designed in partnership with employers this foundation degree meets the National Occupational Standards for the sector
  • When you complete the course you will be able to register with the General Dental Council
  • You'll also have opportunities to study CAD/CAM applications to dental technology, materials science, and anatomy & physiology
  • When you complete the course you will be able to register with the General Dental Council

Entry requirements

24 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 1 A Level (or equivalent Level 3 qualification) and a maximum of 3 A levels

4 GCSEs (Grade C/4 or above) including English and Mathematics

All students will be required to sit an English diagnostic assessment equivalent to Level 2. This is to establish if students require support and is used as supportive tool only.


What will you study


Part-time* Year 1

Oral Anatomy and Physiology and Basic Appliance Design
Basic Dental Technology Techniques
Introductory Dental Biomaterials Science

Year 2
Employment Practice A
Dental Technology Techniques for Fixed Prosthodontics
Preparing for Practice and Future Employment

Year 3

Dental Technology Techniques for Removable Prosthodontics
Employment Practice B


The programme will be taught through lecturers, seminars, e-learning, workshops and work based learning (WBL). It also includes practical project and portfolio work by students.


Students will be required to complete a total of 400 hours of work based learning across the programme. This may be achieved through a minimum of one work placement for the duration of the programme. It is the student’s responsibility to find an appropriate work placement at a Dental Laboratory in the public or private sector. Students are allocated a work place mentor and a work placement officer. It is the work placement officer’s responsibility to formally assess the work placement logbook and the work place mentor will confirm the suitability of each appliance for presentation to the customer


It is important that the programme provides a foundation of skills; knowledge and understanding which students can carry on through to other programmes. Opportunities for learning across the programme will be provided through in-class sessions supported by online resources, exercises and tutorials. The resources provided through class room delivery will form the basis for meeting the learning outcomes supported by further reading.



Wide variety of assessment types, including practical assessment and examinations, coursework assignments, reflective practice and portfolio work, project work, presentations, case studies and reports.



*The course is also available as a 2 year full-time course


5th July 2018Phenomenal educational programme at DTS 2018

Once again, the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG) did a sterling job of programming the education in the DTS Lecture Theatre at the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2018. Chaired by Phil Reddington, two days of high-calibre learning opportunities were delivered covering all genres of dental technology by some of the world’s most talented dental technicians and clinicians.

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DTS Theatre

Delegates enjoyed sessions from renowned professionals such as Mark Bladen, Robert Arval, Roy Davies, Stephan Picha and John Wibberley, as well as Dr Finlay Sutton, Derren Neve, Andreas Leimbach and Dr Marc Römer. There was a friendly atmosphere throughout and the lectures were extremely well attended.


Bench demonstrations also took place over the Friday and Saturday at the Damaged Goods stand where even more highly skilled dental technicians from the DTG team gave up their time to educate others and share their skills. There really was something for every dental laboratory team member.


If you would like to join the Dental Technicians Guild go to: www.dentaltechniciansguild.com and don’t forget to put the dates for DTS 2019 in your diary today.


DTS 2019 will be held on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May

at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.

For further details, visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270
or email dts@closerstillmedia.com


5th July 2018Dedicated to Digital & Innovation - DTS 2018

At the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2018, the Digital & Innovation Theatre was dedicated to the latest and greatest advances in the field of digital dentistry.


Among the most popular sessions were those presented by Marcus Rickard, Wayne Hall, Marcos White and Oliver Ambridge. They covered topics like GDPR compliance, the benefits of digital workflows and modal free crowns.

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Delegate feedback included:


“The lecture was very good – it is a very complicated subject. Being thrown into and arranging the necessary contracts for GDPR is very daunting. The session was useful and provided clarity.” – Teresa Morton, dental technician, Marcus Richard delegate.


“I enjoyed Oliver’s presentation very much because it was not too basic and assumed that delegates had a certain level of digital knowledge.” – Piotr Wozniak, CAD/CAM specialist, Oliver Ambridge delegate.


The trade floor was also buzzing with activity as delegates browsed the lab-dedicated stands to find out what’s new in the profession. Companies demonstrating their latest innovations included 3Shape, Carestream Dental, Panadent, Straumann, Techceram, Tri-Tech 3D and WHW.


Make sure you don’t miss next year’s DTS for more of the same!


DTS 2019 – Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May – NEC in Birmingham, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.


5th July 2018UK Dental Technician Salaries - 2018 Survey

• Are you being paid in line with other technicians at your level?


• Would you like to know how your salary compares to other technicians with similar experience to yourself?

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Whether you are looking for a new job or a pay rise, it helps to understand what the typical salaries are and what your potential earnings could be.


Marshall Hunt Recruitment are conducting a research project to find the national average salaries of dental technicians working in the United Kingdom, and to also evaluate employee satisfaction with regards to compensation, training and development within British dental laboratories.


To participate in the survey, simply click this link:




The survey takes approximately 2 minutes to complete, and all participants can choose to receive a copy of the survey results completely free of charge.


Responses will be confidential as the survey does not collect identifying information such as your name, email address or IP address. The survey questions will be about your job title, experience and salary.


The surveys closing date is 30th September 2018, so be sure to get your answers in by then to be in with a chance to receive your survey results COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE.


Note: Your participation in the research study is voluntary. You may choose not to participate.


If you decide to participate in this research survey, you can withdraw at any time. If you decide not to participate in this study, or if you withdraw from participating at any time, all information that you have given will be deleted.


The survey is compliant with GDPR policy.


4th July 2018DTA President's July blog is now available

The DTA President's July blog is now available and can be found here


3rd July 2018DTA Holiday Entitlement Information Sheet

A new guidance document about Holiday Entitlement is available for members on the Guidance Documents page of this website

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If can be found in the Human Resources :: Other section on the Guidance Documents page


3rd July 2018Timesaving, esthetic and trusted

Want to cut down time spent working on restorations without compromising results?


NobelProcera full-contour zirconia restorations from Nobel Biocare are the timesaving way to provide natural-looking results.

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NobelProcera full-contour zirconiaAvailable as both crowns and bridges, the restorations arrive in their final shape and only require finishing touches, saving you valuable work time. Furthermore, their high level of strength reduces the chances of chipping and other damage, meaning there’s a lower risk of needing remakes.


Full-contour zirconia offers high versatility, and in cases that require a very high level of esthetics you can choose to cut back the restoration and build the final shape with veneering. This ensures individualized esthetics for the patient, which when combined with the natural-looking elements of the material means that the restoration will be realistic and unique.


With over 11 million units sold, NobelProcera full-contour zirconia crowns and bridges from Nobel Biocare remain a trusted solution for laboratories worldwide.


Contact Nobel Biocare to see why technicians around the world make NobelProcera full-contour zirconia their material of choice.

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


3rd July 2018True colours

Lava Plus high translucency zirconia system from 3M Oral Care offers accurate and true colours without compromising strength or translucency. It is the first zirconia with inherent tooth-like fluorescence*

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The shading liquid is completely absorbed and provides coloration throughout the restoration, as a result your restorations will have a warm and natural aesthetic appearance. The complete system is now available in both a disc and a frame.


The Lava Plus system will help you find your true colours! Click or call to find out more.

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


3M and Lava are trademarks of the 3M Company


* 3M Oral Care Internal Data: Lava Esthetic is the first zirconia with inherent tooth-like fluorescence; 2016. Claim no. 6633.



Barnet and Southgate College also launches online apprenticeship in dental nursing


Barnet and Southgate College and the City of London Dental School have announced a new collaboration which places them at the forefront of UK dental technology training; the delivery of digital technology focused courses will not only benefit patients in the region, but will also benefit employers and those wishing to advance their dental career or qualifications. The Dental Sciences Centre at the College opened in September 2017, as part of an extensive refurbishment of the Southgate Campus and includes state-of-the-art resources such as a decontamination room, processing and casting labs, as well as three dedicated specialist laboratories equipped with the latest industry-standard equipment.

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Professor Stewart HardingProfessor Stewart Harding from the City of London Dental School said: “We look forward to working with Barnet and Southgate College; the facilities here really are state-of-the-art and the College is at the forefront of dental training in the region, if not the UK. In the next five years the dental technician’s world and dentistry will take a paradigm shift into digital technology and current messy artisan techniques will slowly become obsolete.


For example, we currently take impressions of a patient’s teeth, which are then sent off to a dental laboratory that then create a plaster cast and dental appliance which is then sent back to the practice, but this can now all be done digitally with a 3D laser scanner, which we will have on campus, to enable students to use as part of their training. Dental technicians will inevitably need to hone their digital skills and our partnership proposes to do just this.


The higher lever apprenticeships at the College prove that it’s no longer necessary to go to university to progress within the industry. The partnership also delivers much needed support for dental employers, as the speciality of courses focuses on niche skills and training. The higher apprenticeship for dental technicians is designed to meet the General Dental Council (GDC) standards and will enable successful apprentices to register as a Dental Care Professional (DCP). The long term goal of the partnership is that we provide fully trained dental technicians, with the option of progressing onto MSc qualifications. Ultimately our dental technicians will become highly skilled dental designers.”


Barnet and Southgate College is the only further education college in the UK with a specialist centre for Dentistry. Serving students such as 24 year old, dental technologist Jordan Diggines-Wallis, who is already reaping the benefits of training at the Southgate Campus dental facility.


Jordan is on the Level 5 higher apprenticeship and said: “I work for a dental lab in Bedford, they arranged for me to start the higher level dental apprenticeship at Barnet and Southgate College. It’s great that the facilities and equipment are the same as at work, if not nicer and brand spanking new! This means I’ve really settled into my training. It’s nice to see the machinery that I recognise and I look forward to using all the equipment that I’ve never used before as well. When you tell people that you’re studying dental technology, most people don’t really know what it is. But I’d say if you’re creative and intellectual and want to use both of those skills then a dental technology course is the one for you and it’s very good. My training is very integrated; what I learn at College I take back to work and what I learn at work I bring back into College and apply here. Everyone on the course is lovely and the tutors are really nice. In fact, I look forward to coming into College each week, it’s a lot of information to take in as you only come in one day a week and the rest of the week you’re still working.


I started this course at university, but then decided to start the apprenticeship. I had to take a step back and see that getting the work experience as part of my placement is what is most important and I really enjoy my job, as I actually get to see the relevance of what I’m learning. I also started to accrue some debt from being at Uni, which was a massive contributing factor of doing an apprenticeship, alongside improved job prospects. The fact I’m currently on placement within a laboratory is positive and providing I do well on my course there’ll be a job vacancy offered to me. I’ve been thinking about continuing to a full degree after my apprenticeship at Barnet and Southgate College and after that the natural progression would be for me to open my own lab and to possibly focus on something as a speciality, the prospect of that is really exciting for me.”


As part of the collaboration the College also unveils a brand new online apprenticeship in dental nursing; suitable for those already in work or about to start working in a dental practice. As the course is wholly delivered online via a blended learning package it is ideal for those wishing to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing, whilst working or juggling other commitments. On completion of the qualification students will also receive the Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Standard and they will be able to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) and work as a dental nurse, or continue to train in a number of other roles including: a dental hygienist, orthodontic therapist, laboratory technician, dental practice manager or senior dental nurse.


David Byrne, Principal of Barnet and Southgate College said: “We’re proud to be the only FE College in the UK with a specialist centre for Dentistry. We offer a wide range of dental courses and the hi-tech training we deliver moves away from the messy, artisan craft of dental manufacturing to the cleaner tech driven world of CAD design and 3D printing, which will change technical education within the dental industry bringing it firmly into the 21st century and beyond.”


Dental interview and drop-in dates for 2018 at the Dental Sciences Centre, Barnet and Southgate College, Southgate Campus, London, N14 6BS:


Thursday 28 June 2018: 9am to 5pm
Thursday 18 July 2018: 9am to 5pm


For more information please call: 020 8266 4000.

Email: info@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk




26th June 2018GDPR and Digital Partial Dentures

A report from Adrian Rollings the Health Education England West Midlands Dental Technician and Clinical Dental Support Group Facilitator.


The Health Education England West Midlands Dental Technician and Clinical Dental Technician support group held its second meeting of the year on Saturday 16 June. This was done in some style as it was the first at the groups prestigious new venue, the new Birmingham Dental Hospital.

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GDPR and Partial DenturesThe first presentation was delivered by Practice Manager Amy Aldrich and covered GDPR. Amy had already assisted several dental laboratories with compliance so was an ideal speaker. Her approach was grounded in common sense, particularly in terms of data storage and the transfer of goods between laboratory and clinic. In fact, it was refreshing to have somebody providing ‘solutions’ and this made the topic far less intimidating.


The world of CAD CAM and digital technology has largely ignored the removable prosthetics sector until recently. However, there is now a move to digitising these traditional processes. So, the second presentation provided by Phil Silver and Nathalie Mazurof Solvay on Ultaire AKPTM was timely.


Phil highlighted the patient benefit of these materials, detailed the underpinning research and described the hierarchy of biocompatible dental polymers. Meanwhile Nathalie provided a complimentary overview of the 3 Shape digital RPD design and manufacturing processes. She also provided a number of case studies that demonstrated the practical benefit to patients compared to conventional metal based options.


Both presentations were warmly received and as ever there was plenty of lively discussion. Nobody was left in any doubt as to the importance of GDPR compliance or that digital dentistry and new generation polymer materials are here now and here to stay!


The group meets three times per year on a Saturday morning and provides an excellent opportunity to share experiences with local peers and keep up to date with technological and legislative advancements. The topic for the autumn meeting will be dental photography, covering both the clinical aspects and photographing laboratory work and models. This will be the first session under the new eCPD rules for DCP’s, so we will also make a timely review of eCPD and where we are at with our Personal Development Plans. Given the topic area places will be limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


20th June 2018General Dental Council | New Enhanced CPD for dental care professionals from 1 August 2018

All dental care professionals (DCPs) will be now required to move to Enhanced CPD on 1 August 2018 to maintain their General Dental Council (GDC) registration.


For those professionals who reach the end of their five-year CPD cycle this year, the new cycle will be started on the Enhanced CPD scheme.

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Why the changes?

After consultation with dental professionals about developing a new enhanced continuing professional development (ECPD) system, a plea was heard for CPD to achieve much more than it has in recent years. This included recognising the importance of professionals driving their own development and learning.

We listened to what registrants felt would be a good fit for their developmental needs and applied this to how we formulated ECPD.

What are the main changes being introduced?

Central to the new system is the introduction of a Personal Development Plan (PDP). This is designed to help professionals plan and record their CPD activities, and their associated GDC developmental outcomes. It also aims to provide a framework for professionals to reflect on their learning and how it applies to their work.

The move to the new system will also mean important changes to the number of hours and types of development activities that can be undertaken. For some registrant types, there will be an increase in the number of verifiable hours. For all registrant types, there is a requirement to spread these hours more evenly over the five-year cycle.

From 1 August, the Enhanced CPD requirements will be 75 hours of verifiable CPD for dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic therapists and clinical dental technicians and 50 hours of verifiable CPD for dental nurses and dental technicians.

There is now a requirement to make an annual statement of CPD hours completed, even if zero hours have been completed for that year, but non-verifiable CPD no longer has to be declared.

What if I’m not at the end of my CPD cycle?

As previously mentioned, around 50% of all DCPs will reach the end of their five-year CPD cycle this year and will start a new cycle on the Enhanced CPD scheme. Others, who are mid-cycle, will need to complete CPD based on both the 2008 and the Enhanced CPD schemes. A pro rata hour-based approach is being applied to those in transition.

Specific information has been created for those transitioning to Enhanced CPD, including a transition tool to help you calculate your required hours.

When their current CPD cycle ends, the next cycle will be solely based on Enhanced CPD.

What if I need further help?

As Enhanced CPD requires significant changes to the way you plan, do, reflect and record CPD, we want to support you as much as we can. You will find plenty of resources to help you including detailed guidance, a PDP plan template, an activity log template and plenty of examples in the Enhanced CPD section of our website.

If more information is needed, there is an extensive list of FAQs on Enhanced CPD available on our website.

Please remember, it is the responsibility of all DCPs to calculate CPD in line with the new Enhanced CPD requirements. You can use your eGDC account to see a personalised hours calculation for your cycle. You will need your ID verification code to use eGDC, this can be found on all correspondence from us. A request for your ID verification code can be made when signing up to eGDC.

Visit eGDC for further information or to sign up.

What do I need to remember about Enhanced CPD?

Please remember the requirements of Enhanced CPD from 1 August, you will need to:

Meet the hourly requirements.
Do it regularly, at least 10 hours every two years.
Keep a personal development plan.
Keep a record of CPD completed.
Make an annual statement.

And, please visit our website if you need further guidance or support.


20th June 2018New Dean and Vice-Deans at FGDP

Ian Mills has been inaugurated as the new Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), and Onkar Dhanoya and Mark Richardson have been elected as its new Vice-Deans.

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Ian Mills - Dean of FGDP

Ian, who works in general dental practice in North Devon, has now been sworn in following his election in February, and succeeds Dr Mick Horton as Dean. Qualifying as a dentist from Glasgow University in 1987, he spent the early part of his career working in maxillofacial surgery. After moving into general practice, he joined FGDP in 1994, completing its Diploma in Implant Dentistry, representing the South West region on the board and becoming a Vice-Dean in 2016. He has been an elected member of the BDA General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC), a member of Devon LDC, and on the Professional Executive Committee of North Devon Primary Care Trust, and is also a Fellow of FGDP(UK), the Higher Education Academy and the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In addition to his clinical practice, he works at Peninsula Dental School as a clinical supervisor, group facilitator and honorary lecturer.


New Vice Deans - Mark Richardson and Onkar DhanoyaOnkar has been principal dentist at Honour Health (formerly Osborne Dental Group) since 1986, providing treatments including dental implants, facial aesthetics and orthodontics at its three practices across the North East. Graduating from Newcastle University in 1985, he represents the Yorkshire and Northern region on the FGDP(UK) board, and holds Fellowships both of the FGDP(UK) and the International College of Dentists. Chair of North Tyne LDC, and President of the BDA’s Northern Counties branch, he has been a clinical teacher at Newcastle Dental Hospital since 1995.


After graduating from Dundee University in 1988, Mark joined the RAF, of which he is now a Group Captain and the Chief Dental Officer. He is also the Armed Forces Clinical Adviser on Paedodontic Dentistry, in which he holds an MSc, and has completed an MSc in Medical Education and attained MGDS RCS. In 2007 he became an examiner for the MFGDP, in 2013 a Core Group MJDF examiner, and he is also a Facilitator for FGDP(UK) Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, a CQC Specialist Advisor, and has been the FGDP board member for the Wessex & Oxford region since 2016.


Mr Mills commented:

“On behalf of all members of the Faculty, I congratulate Onkar and Mark on their election as Vice-Deans, and offer our wholehearted thanks and appreciation to Mick for his hard work and strong leadership over the last three years. Under his Deanship, FGDP has increased its influence, strengthened its world class education and re-vitalised its Fellowship programme, fit for the future ahead of us.


“It is a great responsibility to lead the UK’s only professional body dedicated to general dental practice, and a huge privilege to be able to draw upon the immense talents, knowledge and expertise of our members as we move forward together to establish a new College of General Dentistry as the academic home of GDPs.”


11th June 2018ACAS - National e-connect newsletter - Employment Relations Update

Fairness in the workplace is a vital part of a successful business. Our new guidance for employers and employees explains what religion or belief discrimination is, how to avoid discrimination and what the law says.

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In this issue:


  • World Cup guidance
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Is your work good for you?
  • Free letters, forms and templates
  • Drugs and alcohol in the workplace
  • Upcoming events


Link to ACAS Newsletter Website


11th June 2018FEPPD Symposium - Brussels

"The realities for the dental technician in the EU market – present and future perspectives" - 26th April 2018


Members of professional organisations and other interested parties came from across Europe to participate in the Symposium.


The various areas of interest and current events were addressed, including legal, scientific and obviously the political aspect... with regard to the impact of European regulations on dental laboratories.

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FEPPD SymposiumThe FEPPD, the organisations we represent and dental technicians throughout Europe have always been committed to working for patient health and safety. We are not only performers, dental technicians love what they do, love their work and strive to satisfy the patient’s needs both aesthetically and functionally.


Each organisation, and the FEPPD, is aware that if we want to make further progress, patients or future patients must know how their dental prosthesis is manufactured, how it is manufactured in cooperation with the dental surgeon and that it is indeed a qualified professional who has been trained and continues to be trained, who manufactures dental prostheses.


Behind the dentist's prescription, the dental technician uses a whole set of advanced techniques to create the patient's new smile.


It was for these reasons that the FEPPD agreed to organise and host this important event and the European Association of Dental Technicians Day on 1 June.


Throughout Europe, there are passionate dental technicians who, with their professional organisations, give time to defend and promote their profession. The FEPPD Board and I would like to thank all the speakers who participated in this Symposium and who came to share, during the day, their vision of the future.


We all love our profession and we all wish to exercise it in the best conditions. These speakers may have different opinions on what the future will be, how to guide our profession and our daily practice, but what emerges from this Symposium is the passion for what we are doing, even with the forthcoming changes.


Laurent Munerot
FEPPD President


Picture: Zammit, Munerot, Mordento, Zilliotti


11th June 2018June issue of Articulate now available

The June issue of Articulate is now available for members in the Our Publications section of this website


8th June 2018DTA President's June blog is now available

The DTA President's June blog can be found by going to www.dta-uk.org/presidents-blog.php


29th May 2018Success again for the Dental Technicians Guild

For 2018, the main Lecture Theatre at the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) was once again programmed by the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG) and chaired by Phil Reddington.  On Friday morning he enthusiastically welcomed delegates and introduced the educational programme, saying: “I am honoured to be introducing some phenomenally talented technicians who are here to share their knowledge and tell us what they do. All genres of dental technology will be covered with digital, new materials and innovation as well as old school knowledge.”

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Two days of high-calibre learning opportunities were delivered from world leaders in the dental technology field, which began with a presentation from Mark Bladen entitled “Aesthetics – the LiSi effect.” Here Mark explained the composition and strength as well as the fluorescence and translucencies of the latest, high-density lithium disilicate ceramic pressing material. He demonstrated the excellent workability of the GC Initial™ LiSi pressable ceramic with case studies and shared tips for pressing, staining, building up ceramics, firing and glazing and how to take advantage of the material’s natural optical properties.


The morning continued with a session from Roy Davies who gave the “lowdown on digital dentures” before Robert Arval took to the stage to offer “A scientific review of high performance polymers and lithium disilcates.” Although Robert described himself as “just a dental technician” he demonstrated his passion for discovering how things work and why they work. His detailed presentation gave delegates an insight into how lithium disilicate glass ceramic is made, its highly intertwined microstructure, its strength and hardness and its long-term clinical performance. After the lecture Terri-Louise Irvine said “It was very informative especially with the treatment before the cementation of the crowns and veneers. There was a lot of useful information, a good, worthwhile lecture.”


On Friday afternoon delegates were treated to a contemporary presentation from Master dental technician Andreas Leimbach and dentist Marc Römer. Music and video introduced these passionate professionals who work in synergy to provide high-end telescopic restorations on a daily basis. They advised delegates that times are changing but not to be afraid of the future and demonstrated how clinicians and technicians can come together and learn together to create a simple, reliable workflow to produce the most successful results for patients. Other speakers included Derren Neve who delivered a presentation called “Valplast – flexible, aesthetic, functional partial dentures” whilst Master dental technician, Stefan Picha focused on function as the guarantee for long term success and discussed what needs to be considered in a full arch restoration.


Day two in the DTS Lecture Theatre began with the highly regarded clinical dental technician, John Wibberley. He gave a lecture called “Teeth and gums fixed and removable” and discussed cosmetic and aesthetic outcomes and defined the differences between the two. He shared his suggestions on how to improve outcomes and showed delegates how to make dentures appear natural by looking carefully at the characteristics and contours of the teeth. He also noted the benefits of modern technology and how digital can help to produce dynamic results.


Saturday morning continued with a lively co-presentation from clinical dental technician, Jonathan Hughes and Dentist, Dr Craig Parker. After working with Ultaire™ AKP, the latest high performance polymer from Solvay Dental 360™ for a year, they described the concepts for using this metal-free alternative for fabricating removable partial dentures (RPD) within the digital workflow. Saturday afternoon commenced with a lecture from Dr Finlay Sutton entitled “Improving denture aesthetics – making dentures look like natural, real teeth” where delegates were shown how to measure the inter-pupil distance in relation to the upper central incisors to ensure that the teeth fit the face, how to mimic pink tissue and ways to add tooth character. After the session dental technician, Saba Zaherdoust said: “It was a good lecture covering some vital points about making dentures and how they should be designed to fit the patient’s face. I found the tooth characterisation part particularly interesting.”


Finally, Ricardo Soares, prosthetic technician rounded off the education programme with a presentation called “Make it look invisible, the signature denture concept.” He gave a detailed technical guide to his ‘Signature denture’ and complemented his session with an array of informative case photographs. Ricardo also encouraged delegates to ask for help if they need it. He described how he became involved in the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG) when he first arrived in the UK from Portugal and how this supportive group of dental technicians have helped him and encouraged him right from the beginning. “They have always been happy to share their knowledge and experience and I am always learning.” he said.


There is no doubt that the DTG did a sterling job of programming the education at the DTS Lecture Theatre again this year. There were also bench demonstrations over both days at the Damaged Goods stand where even more highly skilled dental technicians from the DTG team gave up their time to educate others and share their skills. Ben Ede for example, showed delegates how to build up an anterior crown with predictable results, Lisa Johnson demonstrated Gc gradia composite layering and finishing and George Morgan showed composite tips, to name but a few. There really was something for everyone.


Plans are now underway for next years’ Dental Technology Showcase so make sure you put the dates in your diary now. If you are interested in joining the Dental Technicians Guild go to: www.dentaltechniciansguild.com


DTS 2019 will be held on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May

at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.
For further details, visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270
or email dts@closerstillmedia.com


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