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15th November 2018The Dental Technologists Association (DTA) joins forces with leaders from across the dental sector to launch universal principles of good complaint ha

The DTA is one of 28 organisations from across the dental sector to launch a set of universal principles for good complaint handling. The six core principles provide a simple template for best practice, helping professionals and patients to get the most from feedback and complaints, for the benefit of all.

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According to the General Dental Council’s (GDC) 2017 Public and Patient Survey, 97% of dental patients report being either very (67%) or fairly (29%) satisfied with their dental treatment and only 8% report having considered making a complaint. However, of those who have, 33% said they had not done so because they didn’t know where to start.

 

The principles set out a very clear picture of what patients can expect when providing feedback or making a complaint.

 

The six core principles are:
1. All of your feedback is important to us.
2. We want to make it easy for you to raise a concern or complain, if you need to.
3. We follow a complaints procedure and keep you informed.
4. We will try to answer all your questions and any concerns you raise.
5. We want you to have a positive experience of making a complaint.
6. Your feedback helps us to improve our service.

 

Delroy Reeves, President of Dental Technologists Association commented "I was delighted to be part of the GDC Working Group and fully support this dentistry wide approach to complaints handling. Only by listening to patients, addressing their concerns and resolving their problems can we learn lessons for the future.


We want to encourage every clinical dental provider to get involved with this initiative by integrating the principles into their practise, and also displaying the poster and leaflet to help patients to understand what they can expect from their dental team."

 

More information and supporting resources, including the poster (pdf) and leaflet (pdf), are available. The poster and leaflet are also available in hard copy on request.

 

Information about how the principles were developed
The principles of good complaint handling were developed by the Profession-wide Complaint Handling Initiative Working Group which included the following organisations: Association of Dental Administrators and Managers, Association of Dental Groups, British Association of Dental Nurses, British Association of Dental Therapists, British Dental Association, British Orthodontic Society, British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, Bupa Dental Care, Care Quality Commission, CFC Underwriting, CODE, DDU, Dental Complaints Service, Dental Protection, Dental Technologists Association, Department of Health and Social Care, General Dental Council, Health Education England, LDC Confederation, MDDUS, mydentist, NHS Digital, NHS England, Orthodontic National Group, Orthodontic Technicians Association, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Simplyhealth, Society of British Dental Nurses. This work was also informed by the views of dental patients.

 

9th November 2018Dreaming of a white Christmas?

Be part of our community at Crisis this Christmas, volunteer with our dental team.

 

Our Christmas centres are a unique volunteer effort that provides immediate help for homeless people at a critical time of year. By volunteering with Crisis this Christmas you can make a real difference to people experiencing homelessness.

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Volunteer for CrisisTo help make someone's Christmas visit www.crisis.org.uk/londonvolunteers

 

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9th November 2018Dental technology groups gather to discuss MHRA developments

At a recent meeting hosted by the Dental Technologists Association (DTA), representatives from the Dental Laboratories Association (DLA) and Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA) met with Larry Browne from the Dental Technician publication and laboratory owners Graham Cobb and David Smith to discuss issues related to MHRA and MDR.

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The meeting was chaired by DTA’s Tony Griffin and provided a forum to discuss the statement of manufacture and changes that come into force in 2020. The group identified a number of specific actions to take forward that will support dental laboratories, particularly in relation to in-practice custom made dental devices.

 

The group will initially focus on informing key groups about the legal responsibilities with regard to MHRA and the GDC, and the changes that MDR and its requirements regarding the statement of manufacture will mean for everyone who makes custom made dental devices.

It is the intention of the group to support the GDC’s Shifting the Balance programme by providing information to a range of different groups, dental schools, professional bodies and individuals for the benefit of patient care.

 

6th November 2018DTA President's November blog is now available

The DTA President's November blog is now available on this website

 

Please go to www.dta-uk.org/presidents-blog.php to find out what's been going on and what's coming up.

 

6th November 2018October edition of Word of Mouth

Hello and welcome to the latest issue of Word of Mouth, our digital magazine.

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In this month's edition, we turn our attention towards the upcoming Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign and discuss why your support is so important.

 

 

We also provide some timely Halloween advice, talk about interesting research regarding tooth regeneration and discuss the importance of wearing mouthguards while participating in contact sports.


Thank you for continuing to support our charity and we wish you a great week.

 

Click here to read Word of Mouth


Oral Health Foundation

 

1st November 2018DTS – the perfect outing for the laboratory team

To show your appreciation to your technicians, take them to the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) this May where they’ll have a chance to update their CPD, whilst discovering the latest products and networking with colleagues across the dental sector.

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It remains the biggest dental laboratory event of the year, with more than 100 lab dedicated exhibitors available to explore, and an unrivalled lecture programme that will be presented by some of the world’s leading lights.

 

Your team are sure to thank you for it – so what are you waiting for? Save the date and book your trip to Birmingham 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 November 2018Not to be missed!

Offering lectures by world-class speakers, live demonstrations of innovative products and a platform to discover the very latest technologies, the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2019 is not to be missed!

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Not only will it cover relevant topics and provide hours of enhanced CPD, but it will also be the ideal place to network with colleagues and make new connections throughout the profession.

 

Completely free for delegates to attend, DTS caters to the needs of all dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, orthodontics technicians and lab owners. Save the dates!

 

DTS 2019 – Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May – Birmingham NEC,
co-located with the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show.
Visit www.the-dts.co.uk, call 020 7348 5270
or email dts@closerstillmedia.com

 

1st November 2018Streamline your prosthetic design

Is your laboratory considering expanding the amount of implant-related services it offers?

 

Make sure your team have the technology they need by implementing the DTX Studio™ design software from Nobel Biocare.

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Created to help technicians design restorations with ease, the system utilizes powerful CAD tools that aid in the creation of accurate individualized prosthetics.

 

The software guides technicians through workflows in simple to follow steps after the design process, helping even those with less experience to create high-quality products. As technicians become more experienced they can make more use of the advanced design tools, creating truly effective solutions for the most challenging cases.

 

The system’s easy-to-use interface also allows for users to flip back and forth between stages during the design process, identifying any issues and helping to ensure an optimum outcome.

 

Unique communication and data sharing features improve communication with referring dentists throughout every case and provide access to any information that may be necessary, helping you to always design a solution that is truly effective for the patient.

 

Find out more about this innovative software by contacting Nobel Biocare today.

 

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

 

22nd October 2018FGDP(UK) Vice-Dean made Queen's Honorary Dental Surgeon

Group Captain Mark Richardson, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP(UK)), has been appointed Her Majesty The Queen's Honorary Dental Surgeon.

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Group Captain Mark RichardsonThe honour follows his recent promotion to Chief Dental Officer of the Royal Air Force (RAF), and caps off a successful year in which he was also elected to the Faculty Vice-Deanship. Two Queen’s Honorary Dental Surgeons are appointed from each of the three Armed Services, and while the role is honorary, they assume responsibility, on a rotation with the Queen’s Honorary Surgeons, Physicians and Nurses, for medical arrangements at Investitures at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

 

Mark joined the RAF in 1989 shortly after graduating from Dundee University, and has served as a dental officer in Afghanistan, Europe, the Far East and the UK. Based in Tidworth, Wiltshire, he is currently the Armed Forces’ Principal Dental Officer for Wessex Region, responsible for clinical delivery, governance and quality assurance across 16 tri-service dental centres which look after the oral health of around 30,000 service personnel. He is also the Armed Forces’ Clinical Adviser on Paedodontic Dentistry, in which he holds an MSc.

 

A holder of FGDP(UK)’s MGDS qualification, he became an examiner for the MFGDP in 2007 and then a Core Group MJDF examiner in 2013. He has been the elected Board Member for the Wessex and Oxford region since 2016, and is also a Facilitator for FGDP(UK) Fellowship.

 

He is also a Fellow both of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and of the Faculty of Dental Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, where he recently became an examiner for the Membership in Advanced General Dental Surgery. He also holds an MSc in Medical Education and is a CQC Specialist Advisor.

 

On his new appointments, Group Captain Richardson commented:

“I feel very honoured and humbled to have been appointed Queen's Honorary Dental Surgeon, and to have been chosen to be the Chief Dental Officer of the RAF. This represents the pinnacle of my military career.”

 

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

“On behalf of all members of the Faculty, I congratulate Mark on this significant achievement and career milestone. We are privileged to benefit from his immense knowledge and wide experience.”

 

Sara Hurley, the Chief Dental Officer for England, added:

“Mark’s appointments as CDO (RAF) and Queen's Honorary Dental Surgeon are fitting recognition for a career dedicated to the delivery of exceptional care for an exceptional patient population, as well as his broader contribution to continuing excellence in training”.

 

19th October 2018Raise awareness of mouth cancer this November

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, a charity campaign which aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer, get across the importance of early detection and prevention while also promoting the benefits of healthy living.

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Mouth cancer is at the forefront of the dental and health profession and Mouth Cancer Action Month relies on your participation and involvement to get our messages out into local communities.

 

You can help us by joining the thousands of dental practices, hospitals, GP's and pharmacies already pledging to take part in the campaign, by delivering messages of healthy lifestyles, early detection and prevention to millions.

 

Visit the Mouth Cancer Action Month website and get involved today.

 

By purchasing educational resources from the Mouth Cancer Action Month shop, you can make your activities and events really special. It also helps the Oral Health Foundation to raise valuable income to fund our charitable work.

 

 

Click here to see all our mouth cancer resources

 

 

19th October 2018NHS England announces free CPD on the topic of complaints handling.

We are holding a series of complaints-handling workshops over the coming months and would like to extend the invitation to attend to working group members.

 

Each session is worth 3 hours CPD and is linked to GDC development outcome B.

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Dates and venues (click on a venue for more information (Word Document):

 

30/10/2018 - Norwich

27/11/2018 - Doncaster

12/12/2018 - Bristol

16/01/2018 - Hull

30/01/2018 - Reading

07/03/2019 - Southampton

13/03/2019 - Exeter

 

To book a place, please contact england.complaints-training@nhs.net with details of the session you wish to attend, your practice name, role in the practice and GDC registration number where relevant.

 

Details of how your data is protected can be found is available here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/privacy-notice/

 

19th October 2018DenTeamCPD programme to offer ‘something for everyone’

A new regional CPD event for the south-west will be held next year, featuring a range of sessions tailored to dental technicians.

 

DenTeam 2019 will take place at the Sandy Park Conference Centre on the outskirts of Exeter on 21st and 22nd June 2019.

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DenTeamDenTeam is about ‘team members learning together’, says event organiser Teamwork Professionals.


Directed by two former editors of The Dental Technician magazine, Chris Ritchie and Derek Pearson, and put together in association with the Dental Technologists Association (DTA), the programme will cover the main core CPD subjects applicable to dental technicians along with a range of smaller seminars and workshops on everything from taking and working with better impressions to getting the best results with zirconia.


Chris comments: “We’re really encouraging the team learning approach with DenTeam. All delegates are welcome to attend any sessions they like, to learn about the latest developments in their own spheres of work while also broadening their knowledge of aspects of dentistry they may not know much about.”


Speakers and topics confirmed so far include Dr Chet Trivedy with three sessions – medical emergencies and safeguarding in the core CPD stream, plus oral and neck cancer; dental technician Sean Wilkinson covering the future of immediate loading plus a workshop entitled ‘Implant Planner Workflow’; Dr Marina Harris will look at the latest developments in periodontology as well as stress and psychological well-being in the dental team; lab owner Andrew Taylor will tackle working with zirconia and suggest ways that dentists can take better impressions;and there’s much more on the way.


Teamwork is urging prospective exhibitors to get in touch early to avoid disappointment – the compact exhibition will feature a central hub and networking area where free refreshments will be available all day; with a hot or cold lunch included for all delegates.
Chris adds: “Part of the appeal of DenTeam is the laid-back atmosphere between sessions, when delegates and exhibitors can mingle and discuss the latest developments in dentistry. We believe the best learning experience incorporates the products and services available – the profession and the industry helping each other to provide better dentistry for all.”


The full programme is due to be published in January when the delegate rates will be announced. Early bird rates will be available until April and DTA members will receive a special extra discount. “We’ve made sure to keep costs low for technicians,” Chris says, “because we’re keenly aware of the financial pressures they face. We’re confident in putting together a really useful, worthwhile programme for techs that helps them reach their CPD quotas while offering networking opportunities with dentists from all over the south-west of England and beyond.”


For further information and to register your interest in attending, exhibiting or sponsoring at the event, visit www.denteamcpd.com, email chris@teamworkprofessionals.co.uk or call Chris on 07801 657608.

 

17th October 20189 in 10 dentists fear being sued by patients 9 in 10 dentists fear being sued by patients

A Dental Protection survey of over 1,100 dentist members reveals that nine out of ten (89%) are increasingly fearful of being sued by patients. Of those, three quarters (74%) feel that the fear of being sued impacts on the way they practise.

 

This fear is not without foundation as 43% of the public believe there are now more marketing campaigns by ‘No Win No fee’ firms compared to five years ago, according to a YouGov survey of 2,000 people. Claimant solicitors are using television, radio adverts and media coverage aimed at increasing the number of claims.

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The survey by Dental Protection found that three quarters (74%) of dentists feel that the fear of being sued is affecting the services they believe they are able to offer, while 64% of respondents feel that the fear of being sued has resulted in them making more referrals.

 

Nearly all respondents (98%) believe that we live in an increasingly litigious society and 79% of them are concerned about the impact this is having on their welfare and the way they practise, with 77% of respondents admitting that the fear of being sued has caused them stress or anxiety.

 

Key areas where Dental Protection is seeing claims include the diagnosis of caries, periodontal disease and the outcome of endodontic treatment. Issues around consent also often feature in clinical negligence claims.

 

Raj Rattan, Dental Director at Dental Protection said:

 

“Dentists work in an increasingly challenging environment. It is worrying that three out of four full time general dental practitioners fear being sued by patients and understandably this will undoubtedly impact on the way they practise and add to already high stress levels”.

 

“Without proper consent and comprehensive, well organised records, a dentist will be severely disadvantaged in defending any allegations that may surface at a later date. Inadequate clinical records will make the case less defensible and often compromise the final outcome. Dental Protection can provide members with further advice and guidance.”

 

“We always encourage dentists to explain the costs, risks and benefits of all the treatment options and ensure that the patient has a clear understanding of the planned procedure so that patient expectations can be met. Where a patient expresses dissatisfaction about any aspect of their care, dentists should take this as an opportunity to resolve the issue promptly to the patient’s satisfaction.”

 

“At Dental Protection we continue to support our members by offering advice and guidance on how to manage the complaint and importantly how to contain the risk of escalation. We also work with our members to try and avoid a complaint in the first place which could lead to litigation and provide a range of educational programmes to support them.”

 

 

17th October 2018FEPPD - SAVE THE DATES 2019

On the occasion of the IDS which will be held from 12 to 16 March 2019 in Cologne, FEPPD, the largest representative body for Dental Laboratory owners and Independent Dental Technicians in Europe, is organising an event to celebrate the 65th anniversary of our organisation.

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The event will be a friendly moment within the IDS, which will allow for exchanges on Friday 15 March 2019 from from 12:00 to 14:00 (more information will be sent to you in the coming weeks but you can already book this date in your diaries).

 

You will also be able to meet the members of the Board on our stand in Hall 11.1 Stand F029, which will be present throughout the exhibition.

 

After the first edition in 2018, which brought together more than fifteen participating countries, FEPPD is proposing to organize the EUROPEAN DENTAL TECHNICIANS DAY, the 7th June 2019 in all E.U. states, for the promotion of our profession as service providers to the European dental Patient.

 

We wish you a good reception and remain at your disposal for any further information

 

Please click here for the flyer (pdf - opens in new window/tab)

 

12th October 2018Don't miss out! About the upcoming ADI Team Congress 2019, Ashley Byrne - ADI Technical Representative - comments:

"Any dental technician who wants to improve their digital workflow and advance their skills would be crazy to miss this event. Not only will the lectures be some of the most cutting-edge available, but this is also a great opportunity to network with other technicians, clinicians and exhibitors."

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“Further still, the ADI is a fantastic organisation which is driven to improve the quality of implant dentistry across the whole team.”

 

ADI Team Congress 2019

 

ADI Team Congress 2019
Shaping the Future of Dental Implantology: Techniques - Technology - Teamwork
2 - 4 May 2019, EICC, Edinburgh

 

For more information or to book please visit www.adi.org.uk/congress19
ADI members benefit from significantly reduced rates, join online today.

 

10th October 2018Adrenaline for anaphylaxis kits - a reminder to Health Care Professionals

You will be aware of the recent DHSC Supply Disruption Alert on EpiPen® and EpiPen Junior® adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) that advises conserving supplies for patients who truly need them. Some healthcare professionals, including dental practitioners, may be holding EpiPens or other AAIs, in preference to adrenaline ampoules, to treat anaphylactic reactions; this should not be necessary.

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All healthcare professionals providing services where anaphylaxis treatment may be required should have the competency to draw up and administer adrenaline from ampoules with a normal syringe and needle.

 

Due to the shortage, we ask that when you renew the adrenaline in your anaphylaxis kits, you alert all your staff to please stock ampoules (ensuring you also include dosing charts, needles and syringes) and not AAIs. This will reduce the reliance on AAIs and therefore preserve essential EpiPen stocks for patients, parents, carers, teachers, etc. who, as lay persons, cannot be expected to administer adrenaline via a needle and syringe.

 

The Green Book and Resus Council guidance provides additional advice to healthcare professionals on the use of adrenaline in response to anaphylaxis.

 

Supplies of adrenaline ampoules are currently available and there is an expectation that dental practitioners should use these in preference to the EpiPen or similar devices.

 

All enquiries relating to this issue should be sent to the DH Supply Resilience Team at supplyresiliencemd@dh.gsi.gov.uk

 

We are working to resolve the EpiPen® and EpiPen Junior® shortage as fast as possible.


Thank you in advance for all your help.

 

Further reading: The Technologist, August 2018, Medical emergencies in a dental environment, pages 16 – 18 (member login required)

 

8th October 2018DGSHAPE Announces Next Generation DWX-42W Wet Milling Machine

The DWX-42W represents the latest addition to our growing portfolio of dental restoration technology. The DWX-42W builds on the legacy of Roland dental solutions that is advanced today by DGSHAPE Corporation and affirms DGSHAPE’s commitment to helping dental professionals increase their efficiency, reduce chair time for their patients, and increase their profitability.

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DWX-42WHamamatsu, Japan, October 5, 2018 – DGSHAPE Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roland DG Corporation and a leading provider of digital fabrication tools, including 3D milling machines, 3D printers, and engraving machines, announced today the release of the DWX-42W, the successor to the popular DWX-4W wet milling machine.

 

According to Hisashi Bito, President of DGSHAPE, “The DWX-42W represents the latest addition to our growing portfolio of dental restoration technology. The DWX-42W builds on the legacy of Roland dental solutions that is advanced today by DGSHAPE Corporation and affirmsDGSHAPE’s commitment to helping dental professionals increase their efficiency, reduce chair time for their patients, and increase their profitability.”

 

The DWX-42W can produce highly-aesthetic restorations from the latest glass ceramic and composite resins. A host of enhancements have been made to the DWX wet platform, including new grinding burs, increased Automatic Tool Changer (ATC) capacity, ethernet connectivity, and a new, DGSHAPE engineered spindle (patent pending).Additional key upgrades include reduced air pressure and volume requirements (increasing compatibility to working with existing compressed air supply), up to 50% faster milling times, and a reinforced frame design for increased stability and precision.

 

A cornerstone of all DWX dental machines, Bitocomments, is their ease of use. Operation is as simple as pressing a button. Their open architecture offers the flexibility of using the software and scanners lab technicians are already familiar with. The six-station ATC switches out grinding burs as needed for unattended production. Other advanced features include a Virtual Machine Panel (VPanel) which allows users to quickly configure settings for up to four machines from a single computer for high-volume production. The VPanel monitors operational status and sends email notifications at the end of milling and maintenance completion.

 

Installed as a single machine in a clinic or paired with a DWX-52D in a lab environment, Bito said the DWX-42W facilitates scalability, making it simple for a growing business to add to their current offerings to meet increasing customer requirements.

 

To discover the DWX-42W visit: www.rolanddg.co.uk/products/dental/dwx-42w-wet-dental-milling-machine

 

1st October 2018Highly esthetic, highly versatile - Every tooth is unique and therefore restorations should be too

Achieve a high level of esthetic brilliance with the Full-Contour Zirconia (FCZ) Implant Crown and Implant Bridge from Nobel Biocare.

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Formed from highly translucent, multilayered full-contour zirconia colored with the hues of each layer in natural teeth, these NobelProcera® restorations can be cut back and built upon with veneering where necessary. This helps to create esthetic restorations that mirror the pearlescence of natural teeth for a natural looking finish every time.

 

Furthermore, as NobelProcera FCZ restorations arrive at the lab in their final shape and with existing occlusal detail, this helps technicians save time as they only need to add the final touches before the products can be sent to collaborating dentists. These restorations are also strong and reduce the risk of chipping – decreasing the risk of remakes for your team.

 

Discover esthetic excellence by choosing FCZ Implant Crown and Implant Bridge restorations from Nobel Biocare.


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

 

28th September 2018FGDP(UK) publishes revised Standards in Dentistry

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)) has published the second edition of Standards in Dentistry, its flagship publication for general dental practitioners and their teams which acts as a guide to personal or practice-based quality assessment.

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Standards In DentistryA comprehensive compendium of guidance and standards relevant to primary dental care, it sets out specific standards covering consultation and diagnosis, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, management of acute pain, periodontics, endodontics, removable partial dentures, complete dentures, minor oral surgery, implant dentistry, management of dental trauma, direct, coronal and root surface restorations and indirect coronal restorations.

 

It also summarises almost 70 standards and guidelines publications by the Faculty and 30 other organisations, encompassing emergency dental care, examination and record-keeping, infection prevention and control, medical emergencies, medications management, oral health, pathology, patient information, practice management, prevention, radiography, restorative dentistry, risk management and communication, sedation, special care dentistry and staff training.

 

The development of the second edition was carried out by Professor David Moles and his colleagues at Peninsula Dental School, Ewen McColl, Christopher Tredwin, Robert Witton and Lorna Burns, and its publication follows consultation with a wide range of national dental bodies. Professor Moles and his team have fully revised and updated Standards in Dentistry to reflect the contemporary clinical, organisational and dento-legal contexts in which dentistry is practised, as well as changes in the evidence base since the first edition was published in 2006.

 

The standards in the new edition are focussed on practitioner processes rather than treatment outcomes, descriptions of the ‘unacceptable’ have been dispensed with, and the book adopts the Faculty’s ‘ABC’ (Aspirational, Basic, Conditional) notation for the grading of recommendations. Standards for making and receiving referrals, and for oral medicine, are also included for the first time, and the book includes a section on keeping up-to-date with changing guidelines and standards over time.

 

Celebrating the publication of the new edition, Ian Mills, Dean of FGDP(UK), said:

“The Faculty’s core function is to raise the standards of care delivered to patients, and the provision of guidance and standards by dentists, for dentists, is central to this. On behalf of the FGDP(UK), I would like to thank David Moles and his colleagues for their tireless dedication in compiling the second edition of Standards in Dentistry. It is an indispensable reference guide which will assist the whole dental team in identifying appropriate standards for the delivery of high quality care.”

 

Professor David Moles FFGDP(UK), Editor of Standards in Dentistry, added:

 

“The team at Peninsula Dental School are honoured to have been offered the opportunity by the FGDP to undertake a comprehensive update of the standards. We would like to thank all the individuals and organisations that have generously given their time and expertise to comment on the drafts of the second edition. In some cases we have had to resolve strongly-held but contradictory views held by peer-reviewers. This is an indication of the extent to which members of our profession care passionately about the standards of care we all endeavour to provide, and it also illustrates the subjective nature of clinical practice. Whilst the evidence base for primary care dentistry is constantly improving, it is clear that much remains almost as much an art as a science.”

 

To mark the publication of Standards in Dentistry, the Faculty is distributing copies to all its members, and new members who join this year will be sent a copy with their welcome pack. Non-members can buy it for £44.99 at www.fgdp.org.uk/shop, and until the end of 2018 FGDP is also offering a 25% discount on its complete set of five guidance publications, which also includes Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography, Clinical Examination and Record-Keeping, Antimicrobial Prescribing for General Dental Practitioners and Dementia-Friendly Dentistry.

 

24th September 2018It is with great sadness that we report the death of our friend and colleague, John Goodman

John was more than a dental technician and clinical dental clinician, he was a pioneer within the profession and not afraid to put this point across.

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John Goodman

He was involved with the Clinical Dental Technicians Association as Chairman and Treasurer, and in the Dental Technologists Association as an elected Council member. His part in lobbying for the introduction of the role Clinical Dental Technician should not be forgotten, he was eloquent in his arguments for change and passionate about how the role could help and support patients.

 

He leaves behind a daughter and son in law, his wife having pre-deceased him some years ago.

 

John is pictured receiving his DTA Fellowship from Paul Mallett (r) in 2009.

 

Funeral details to be confirmed.

 

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)

 

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 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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DTS

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.

 

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

 

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.”

 

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