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15th May 2018#Dentistry24 is finally here

Dental professionals across the globe are invited to tweet using #Dentistry24 to celebrate the good work of the dental profession on 24th May 2018.

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T#dentistry24his is a unique opportunity to share the positive impact and experiences of the profession on one day.


Following on from the success of #Pharmacy24 which generated over 25 million twitter impressions, we are hoping to replicate or even surpass this for dentistry.


Dental professionals and the wider dental sector are encouraged to get involved and share their hard work; great patient care, examples of team work, collaborative projects, innovative ideas, cutting-edge research, charitable work, volunteering or even a kind patient comment! Use the 24th of May to communicate and learn from dental colleagues and widen your dental community across the globe.


#dentistry24 is also a channel for the profession to show its human side - use the ‘I am ....’ theme to showcase the many interesting and diverse interests and talents of the profession when not ‘doing dentistry’.


Who will be involved? Everyone! This is open to anyone involved with dentistry; dentists, nurses, therapists, hygienists, technicians, suppliers, students, primary, secondary, tertiary care, all specialities and everything in between!


Are you ready to learn and network with colleagues? Join the #dentistry24 network now!


11th May 2018"TEETH"

Wellcome Collection | 17 May – 16 September 2018

From vampires and tooth fairies to barber-surgeons and professional dentists, Wellcome Collection’s summer exhibition will trace the evolution of our relationship with our teeth and what they say about us. Opening in May 2018, TEETH will feature over 150 objects, including cartoons and caricatures, protective amulets, toothpaste advertisements and a range of chairs, drills and training tools.

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TEETH will be the first exhibition to chart the history of the profession that has shaped the way we live with, or without, our teeth. It will draw on the rich collections assembled by Henry Wellcome, alongside loans from key Northern European collections including the substantial holdings of the British Dental Association in London.


Exploring the origins of dentistry, and the emergence of the smile, the exhibition will feature the first scientific treatise on teeth. Le Chirugien-Dentiste (the Surgeon-Dentist), 1728, by Pierre Fauchard, will be displayed with examples of early techniques, tools and dentures made from hippopotamus ivory.


Examples of tooth care for the wealthy will include the hygiene set used by Queen Victoria’s dentist, dentures belonging to King William IV and Napoleon’s toothbrush. The barber-surgeons and blacksmiths who performed extractions for the less privileged will be depicted in paintings, with caricatures by Thomas Rowlandson contrasting the suffering of the poor with the ostentatious smiles of the wealthy as they display new, gleaming dentures.


Emerging technologies in the 19th and 20th centuries led to a more industrialised approach to tooth care. The exhibition will chart the changing availability and affordability of consumer products such as toothpastes and brushes, as well as the evolution of dental drills, the use of x-rays and the advent of anaesthetic. Giant mouths and oversized teaching tools from the collections of the University Of Utrecht, Netherlands, will reveal techniques for training dentists, who had to practise on large models before moving to the intricacy of working inside a human mouth.


TEETH will explore the idea of oral hygiene as a right and a responsibility. Poster campaigns, films and animations will show the ways in which we have been encouraged to look after our teeth, with protective routines to prevent decay. The exhibition will also look at how adverts for tooth care have had to compete against those for sugar-rich products.


Fears and anxieties around teeth and dentistry have long existed. Ancient Roman votives and 19th century amulets thought to protect against pain will be shown alongside images of St Apollonia, the patron saint of tooth pain who was martyred after having her teeth shattered. The very particular relationship children have with the gaining and losing of teeth will be revealed, showing how different families assist the work of the tooth fairy, and how parents, dentists and new technologies can help combat anxiety.


As the only visible part of the human skeleton, teeth are intrinsically linked to identity, both individual and cultural. From the lengths some will go to for a Hollywood smile, to the providing of vital forensic clues in the aftermath of warfare or natural catastrophe, our teeth say a lot about who we are. The exhibition will consider the language we use around teeth, such as gnashing them, gritting them or lying through them, and will examine the tensions surrounding tooth-care, whether for health, comfort or confidence.


TEETH will run from 17 May to 16 September 2018 and is curated by James Peto, with Emily Scott-Dearing. The exhibition is inspired by The Smile Stealers by Richard Barnett, published by Thames & Hudson in association with Wellcome Collection.



11th May 2018New DTA GDPR Document Available

A new document, "DTA - GDPR Guidance" is now available for members

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To read this document please log in and go to the Guidance Documents page and select the GDPR section


4th May 2018Notice on the restrictions of use and disposal of dental amalgam

You may be aware that a new European Union Regulation 2017/852 on mercury) has been published regarding the use and disposal of mercury. Specifically Article 10 of the regulation introduces provisions that will need to be implemented by all dental professionals in the UK...

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Dear Colleague,


For information: Notice on the restrictions of use and disposal of dental amalgam


You may be aware that a new European Union Regulation 2017/852 on mercury) has been published regarding the use and disposal of mercury. Specifically Article 10 of the regulation introduces provisions that will need to be implemented by all dental professionals in the UK:


Article 10[1])- With effect from 01 January 2019, dental amalgam must only be used in pre-dosed encapsulated form.

Article 10[2]- From 1 July 2018, dental amalgam shall not be used for dental treatment of:
o Pregnant or breastfeeding women
o Children under 15 years
o Deciduous teeth
except when deemed strictly necessary by the dental practitioner based on the specific medical needs of the patient.

Article 10[4]- With effect from 01 January 2019 dental facilities must be equipped with an amalgam separator, and by 01 January 2021, all separators must retain at least 95% of amalgam particles. (This latter requirement applies to any new separators installed from January 2018 onwards).

Article 10[6]- With effect from 01 January 2018 - Dental practitioners shall ensure that their amalgam waste, including amalgam residues, particles and fillings, and teeth, or parts thereof, contaminated by dental amalgam, is handled and collected by an authorised waste management establishment or undertaking.
It is recognised that three of the provisions (Article 10 [1], Article 10[4] and Article 10[6]) are already accommodated by the majority of practices in England:

  • Amalgam waste should be handled by authorised waste management establishments.
  • Similarly, for dental facilities in England, separators capturing 95% of particles are presently a prerequisite.
  • Health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations
  • Exclusive pre-dosed amalgam is widely available in the UK; usage within dental practice has been ubiquitous for some time.


In relation to Article 10[2] the provision on restricting amalgam in certain patient groups; consultation and careful consideration continues to be given to how implementation may be best supported at practice level. Further guidance is in development with the Chief Dental Officers for Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland and will be published in due course.


Yours sincerely,
Sara J Hurley, Chief Dental Officer England


4th May 2018ACAS - National e-connect newsletter

Articles include:

Information about GDPR

Bank holidays

Mental health awareness

Absence management

Drugs and alcohol in the workplace

Take part in the Equal Lives survey

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4th May 2018An ideal alternative to explore - Ultaire™ AKP

Ultaire™ AKP is a new high performance polymer that has been custom developed by Solvay Dental 360™ specifically for the fabrication of removable partial denture (RPD) frames

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Speaking from Hughes Dental Laboratory in Harrogate, owner and CDT Jonathan Hughes, provided his professional opinion of the material:

“Ultaire™ AKP is a very versatile material that offers a viable alternative to metal. It enables us to engage to deeper undercuts, which is ideal for lingually inclined dentition and it can provide an ideal solution for tricky cases, particularly where other prosthesis have failed in the past.


For technicians, Ultaire™ AKP is a much cleaner material to work with compared to colbalt/chrome and flexible materials. It is also easy to trim and when designed correctly, takes very little time to fit down.


“Ultaire™ AKP has an elastic modulus of 3500 MPa and a flexural strength of 148 MPa, which means that it is resistant to deformation and provides a strong, stable and retentive RPD framework for patients. In addition, Ultaire™ AKP is also much nicer to occlude against compared to metal backings, and according to the feedback I have received, the sensation is preferable to chrome on the mucosa.


“Technicians may not be used to seeing Ultaire™ AKP routinely just yet, but this does not mean that we should not explore the numerous design concepts it enables, experiment a bit and use the material to our advantage.”


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


4th May 2018Tailored training for technicians

Looking to learn new skills, discover new software and network with like-minded individuals?


Nobel Biocare’s tailored training courses for dental technicians provide a convenient opportunity for all three.

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Offering educational sessions and training that explore a broad range of CAD/CAM prosthetics, workflows and services, these sessions are designed to maximize your efficiency, save time for your laboratory and add flexibility to your skill set.


Specialists will guide you through the use of innovative technology such as the DTX Studio™ design software, providing detailed instructions that will help you learn its functionalities. After mastering this software through hands-on exercises and demonstrations you will then also learn to make individualized abutments, crowns, bridges and more.


Contact Nobel Biocare to find a training course near you today.


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


2nd May 20182 New Job Vacancies Available

There are two new job vacancies advertised on the Jobs Page on this website.

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The vacancies are:


1. Education Associate vacancies at the General Dental Council


2. Great opportunity to set up a brand new dental laboratory - Hampshire


For more information and contact details, please visit the Jobs Page on this website


2nd May 2018DTA President's May blog is now available

This month's President's blog is now available to read online. Please go to https://www.dta-uk.org/presidents-blog.php for his latest news.


25th April 2018DTA & GDPR

As I'm sure you are aware, the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into effect from 25 May 2018

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10th April 2018Part-time training opportunity for trainee dental technicians - University of Aberdeen

Our specialist DipHE in Dental Technology provides trainee dental technicians with the knowledge and technical experience to enable them to manufacture, repair and provide advice on custom-made dental appliances

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For more information and contact details, please visit the Jobs page on this website


10th April 2018RCPCH children's oral health campaign - "Abolish postcode lottery to good dental health", say children’s doctors

Survey by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Mumsnet reveals difficulty accessing free oral health care and lack of awareness of dental checks for 1 year olds

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Children’s doctors are today calling for councils to give every child an equal opportunity to good dental health as a survey of 1,000 Mumsnetusers reveals around one quarter had problems accessing free NHS dental care.Only half of those who responded also said they were aware of official advice recommending they take their child to the dentist before their first birthday.

The survey conducted by Mumsnet for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) assessed parents’ knowledge of children’s oral health and experience of accessing dental care. It found:

- Only 50% knew that the NHS recommends taking your child to a dentist before their first birthday
- 23% had problems accessing free NHS dental care, either for themselves during pregnancy and in the early days of motherhood, or for their children

Over a third (41%) of five-year-olds every year are diagnosed with tooth decay1 and tooth decay is the most common single reason why children aged five to nine require admission to hospital.

It has prompted callsfrom the RCPCH for areas where there are significant oral health problems to prioritise children’s oral health in their Health and Wellbeing strategies and use tried and tested schemes like supervised tooth brushing in nurseries and Brushing for Life packs – packs which contain toothbrushes, fluoride toothpaste and information ondental hygiene –to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

It is known that:
• Every 10 minutes a child in England has a rotten tooth removed in hospital
• Five-year-olds living in the most deprived areas of England are at least three times more likely to experience severe tooth decay than children living in the most affluent areas -limited access to healthy, nutritious food and missing out on healthcare is to blame
Dr Elizabeth O'Sullivan of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said:

“Tooth decay is a horrible condition which causes toothache,cavities to develop in the teeth and sometimes abscesses. To treat it, children often have to have their decayed tooth extracted and this is an expensive business,costing the NHS around £50m for those under the age of 19. The prospect of having an operation is often scary for children and the risks associated with them should not be underplayed.

“Currently, there is a postcode lottery in children’s oral health with some areas providing high quality interventions and awareness campaigns while others do not. This means there are pockets of children up and down the country missing out on services that are provided free of charge to othersin neighbouring towns and cities. Surely it is easier to prevent poor dental health rather than try and treat it when it’s too late. That’s why we are calling for all local authorities to show they take children’s dental health seriously by prioritising oral health in Health and Wellbeing Strategies in areas where the oral health of children and young people is a significant problem..”

Rowan Davies, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Mumsnet, said: ‘Finding out that your child has bad oral health or needs a filling can be a really disappointing and even embarrassing moment for parents; it’s even worse if the problem has been compounded by difficulty accessing care. Together with a good diet and regular brushing, the availability of affordable dentistry is an important part of the puzzle.’

There are a number of successful child oral health schemes already provided by local authorities including:

• Derbyshire (Derby Teaching Hospital): A dentist is now based in the hospital working alongside professionals to promote child oral health – it is thought to be the first position of its kind in the UK.


Working with medical students from University of Nottingham, Colgate, Derbyshire Salaried Primary Dental Care and the children’s outpatients’ team, the ‘Bin the Bottle, Dump the Dummy’ campaign successfully engaged with over 200 families to raise awareness, teach and sign-post children and families to good dental hygiene.


An advert airing on Capital Radio has been developedto sign-post listeners to local information on dental health services. This advert is also going to be played on the tannoy system in the children’s emergency and outpatient department.


• London Borough of Hillingdon:Hillingdon Dental Health Educator along with a dentist also attended several community centres including Hayes Town Mosque at the beginning of the year to provide dental health advice to the men, women and children who use the facilities. They also ran ‘Bottle-to-cup’ events encouraging parents to swap their baby’s (1yrs+) bottle for beakers or cups.


• Milton Keynes: The council run SMILE training for practitioners and anyone else who comes into contact with children and young people. The two-hour training is delivered with dietitians and covers tooth care and healthy eating, raising awareness of the importance of good oral health.


• Blackpool (Blackpool Better Start Partnership):a supervised tooth brushing scheme has been in place in children’s centres since 2016, aimed at improving oral health skills in 2–4 year olds. In March 2017, the Better Start programme rolled out a toolkit for nurseries and child minders to initiate supervised tooth brushing in their own settings which includes fluoride toothpaste, tooth brush storage containers and timers along with guidance on tooth brushing, tooth brush songs and healthy snack guidance


The RCPCH is inviting local authorities and communities to send in examples of their effective children’s oral health interventions, which the College will add to an interactive map, to promote and share good practice and innovative ideas. The RCPCH is also recommending:

• Individuals
- swap fizzy drinks for water
- brush your child’s teeth twice daily for two minutes at a time with fluoride toothpaste
- ensure your child visits the dentist by their 1st birthday


• National Government
- recurrent costs of Community Water Fluoridation (CWF) Schemes should be removed from Local Authority responsibility and instead covered by NHS England


• Local authorities
- Oral Health Community Champions should be adopted by all local authorities in England to help raise awareness of good oral health in the community
- Areas where there are significant oral health problems should prioritise children’s oral health in their Health and Wellbeing strategies.



9th April 2018Sugar Tax a 'game-changer'

The Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP(UK)) has welcomed the new sugar tax as a ‘game-changer’ for oral health, and says the latest data on childhood tooth extractions highlight its necessity.

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The Faculty was among the organisations which campaigned for the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, which comes into force today and taxes manufacturers 18 pence per litre for drinks with total sugar content above 5 grams per 100ml, and 24 pence per litre for those above 8 grams per 100ml.


A quarter of 5 year olds have tooth decay, and the latest release of figures by Public Health England shows that tooth extraction remains the number one cause of hospitalisation among 5-9 year olds, with over 35,000 children admitted each year for the procedure and 60,000 school days missed as a result.


A typical 330ml can of fizzy drink contains 35g (nine teaspoons) of sugar, well in excess of the recommended maximum total intakes of 19g a day for 4 to 6 year olds, 24g for 7 to 10 year olds, and 30g for those aged 11 or over. However, reformulation since the new tax was announced is already estimated to have removed 45 million kilograms of sugar from the UK’s annual drinks consumption, and such has been the desire of firms to avoid it that the Treasury has had to revise down its forecast annual revenue by more than half.


However with tooth decay costing the NHS £3.4bn a year, FGDP(UK) says the £240m raised by the levy should be spent on oral health promotion. The Faculty has also called for the tax to be extended to milk-based drinks, and for further restrictions on the marketing and price promotion of high sugar food and drink.


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


“British adults consume three times as much sugar as we should be, and drinks remain our children’s biggest dietary source of sugar. While the latest official figures on hospital admissions of children for tooth extraction are cause enough for concern, they are only the tip of the iceberg, as tooth decay affects millions and the vast majority of treatment for this almost entirely preventable disease takes place in general dental practice.


“The Sugar Tax is a game-changer which will reinforce the message that diet is of critical importance to oral and wider health, and dentists will be delighted to finally see it in effect. Hitting the manufacturers where it hurts has already proved effective, and having to pay extra for the highest sugar drinks should also persuade more consumers to make healthier choices.”


5th April 2018DTS Press Releases

Below are some New DTS releases:


  • Marcus Rickard (GDPR)
  • Line Up
  • Enhanced CPD
  • Learning


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GDPR – moving towards compliance!


Marcus Rickard – a barrister, member of a top regulatory Chambers in London and member of New Leaf Advisory (www.newleafadvisory.co.uk) – will be helping delegates move towards compliance under GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) at the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2018. He says:


“I’ll be discussing GDPR from a barrister’s perspective, demonstrating its applicability to dental laboratories and dental practices. I hope to do some myth-busting, clarifying what professionals need to do and providing some straightforward advice on what is a complicated area.


“During my lecture, I’ll also introduce a possible solution via Transactor V8 lab software, working in conjunction with Cable Dental Software, which is designed to minimise and anonymise data, aiding GDPR compliance and best practice. It also keeps all case information within one distinct, secure portal and removes the need for various different communication platforms, which can result in a clumsy, antiquated and time-consuming data collection process.”


For confidence in your GDPR compliance and to discover what solutions are available to make your life easier, don’t miss Marcus in the Digital & Innovation Theatre. Register free for DTS online!


For more information on Transactor lab software, visit www.transactorsystems.com
To discover Cable Dental software, visit www.cabledental.co.uk



A line-up like no other

In order to provide the highest standard of education, the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2018 has once again brought together a fantastic speaker line-up for all delegates to enjoy.


Among the speakers in the DTS Lecture Theatre – which has been programmed by the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG) – will be John Wibberley, Stefan Picha, Dr Finlay Sutton, George Morgan and Phil Reddington. They will cover everything from dentures to high performance polymer materials and enhancing aesthetics of prostheses.


The Orthodontic Technicians Association (OTA) and British Association of Clinical Dental Technology (BACDT) will be supporting sessions that cover systemic disease in older people, the evolution of light curing, occlusal management and oral cancer, among other topics. Speakers here will include Professor StJohn Crean, Stephen Prime, Derren Neve, Matt Burnell, Steve Taylor, Finlay Sutton, Jonathan Hughes, Craig Parker and Andrea Johnson, among many others.


Inspired learning and shared knowledge

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) has carved itself a reputation for inspiring presentations delivered by world-class speakers and this year will be no exception.


Returning to the programme for 2018 is John Wibberley, who will again be speaking at the popular DTS Lecture Theatre.

He says:


“I will be presenting a three-year follow up on a f/f denture case, for which I customised both teeth and gums with composite. I want to share with attendees a look at what happened and why.


“I am also going to present the laboratory and clinical stages for f/f immediate load cases, showing both treatment planning and diagnostics. Finally, I will present all the different restorations we use for our fixed final restorations.


“Even if you are not doing dentures, or fixed restorations on full arches, anyone who attends will benefit from hearing about the techniques and protocols we use every day in the lab. There is something here for everyone!”



Enhanced learning opportunities

The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) 2018 is the perfect place for dental technicians and clinical dental technicians to gain verifiable CPD.


The huge variety of lectures means there is something for everyone, ensuring an informative and highly relevant learning experience for all. These include the DTS Lecture Theatre programmed by the DTG, the OTA Seminars and CDT Conference.


Particularly important in light of the new enhanced CPD rules, every delegate will receive a CPD certificate following the event to demonstrate the hours accrued.


What’s more, DTS 2018 is completely free to attend, so there’s absolutely no reason not to attend!


To make the most of all the educational opportunities at DTS 2018 and to truly tailor your learning to your own needs and interests, register for your free delegate passes online today.



DTS 2018 will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th 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 April 2018More than a decade of successful partnership

“Nobel Biocare products and solutions offer our laboratory a superb way of streamlining our processes and working closely with our customers to achieve great results for the patient.”

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Jonathan Allport-Parkinson from Allport & Vincent Dental Laboratory in Oxford has been working with Nobel Biocare over the past 13 years. He currently uses the NobelProcera 2G scanner, is an advocate of the NobelClinician planning software and has also recently invested in the Studio DTX software, designed in collaboration with KaVo Kerr.


He continues:

“We have received excellent support from our Nobel Biocare Territory Manager and NobelProcera Specialist. They have supported the lab and really helped us in promoting our services to new dental practices with a similar mindset to us – all the things you'd expect from a leading manufacturer of quality products.


“Not only have the team supported us in the training of Nobel Biocare products, they have also found opportunities for us to present our capabilities in front of new audiences, such as the Nobel Biocare Study Club Programme

“I would absolutely recommend Nobel Biocare and its systems to others.”


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



9th March 2018The crown that rules them all

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

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


About the FCZ, Lab owner Daniel Rosa commented:

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

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

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

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

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

or visit www.nobelbiocare.com


9th March 2018Dental restoration in one day

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

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


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


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

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


11th March 2018DTA appoint new President

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

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


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

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

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


23rd February 2018Updated radiography guideline

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

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


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


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


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


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


19th February 2018Prosthetics Dental Technician required - Cricklewood

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

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


16th February 2018GDPR Documents available for download

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

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They are:

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

A DTA Membership login is needed to access the page.


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

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

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


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


Other improvements Dental Protection said should be considered include:


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


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


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


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



25th January 2018Prosthetic Technician required - Gloucester

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