Since qualifying in Nigeria in 1994, I have always been interested in surgical dentistry and have worked in a few UK hospitals as a Senior House
Officer / Staff Grade Oral Surgeon.
Starting in late 2004, I focused my practice on dental implants and obtained a Master’s Degree in implant dentistry from the University of Warwick (in 2012) and gained full membership with the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (MFGDP) UK. ++
In the last several years, digital technology has had a significant impact on UK dentistry and practitioners are beginning to appreciate the benefits of using digital equipment in their practice, particularly when it comes to diagnostics and treatment planning. The benefits of digital technology are most keenly being felt in the implant sector, where extremely high levels of precision and accuracy are required to produce the best result. ++
As the digital workflow becomes increasingly embedded within modern dentistry, the potential for enhanced diagnostics and treatment planning has grown exponentially. Cutting-edge technologies now provide outstanding visualisation of anatomical structures, allowing professionals to deliver first-class patient care.++
It is a phrase oft-repeated in dentistry and business - but which is no less true for all that, ‘If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards.’
That’s how Dr Robin Beveridge knew that if his London practice was to stay ahead of the competition and remain a leading image-focused practice, an upgrade to a 3D X-ray machine was in order. Having used film X-rays and pano-only 2D machines, his City Dental Clinic has now moved forward in the best way possible - by bringing in the Vatech PaX-i3D CBCT machine.+
And as a specialist in periodontology and restorative dentistry with a special interest in implant dentistry, he knows what he’s talking about. Dr Gruenfeld is an active member of the Irish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry, where he lectures on a regular basis, and is also a member of the German Society for Dental Implantology. He graduated with first class honours postgraduate qualification in periodontology and peri-implant therapy in 2015, and strives to continue developing professionally at all times. +
Digital dentistry is the way forward…
it’s part of a dentist’s daily routine, it’s the digital era,’ comments Dr Alfred Kolozsvari, practice principal at High Street Medical Dental. Dr Kolozsvari has underlined his commitment to digital dentistry by investing in a Vatech PaX-i3D Smart CBCT scanner. ‘We don’t use paperwork anymore, and now it is the same for X-rays,’ adds Dr Kolozsvari.+
Good time management is crucial in advanced dentistry and new technology is going a long way to help clinicians
meet ever demanding schedules.
Kent dentist Dr Pedja Pavlovic, a specialist in periodontics and a dental implantologist, uses sophisticated digital imaging to plan and prepare his treatments most effectively and efficiently.
‘Everyone is talking about digital dentistry and how you can use digital imaging systems to provide treatment; from diagnostic procedures and treatment planning to surgical execution, and even +
Arjinder and his partner, Dr Frances Carling-Thom, opened Tavistock Dental & Facial in Bloomsbury in 2010 with a clear vision,
‘To treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves. We understand that visiting the dentist is not the place that most patients would choose to be. We aim to make patients comfortable and deliver the best possible care. We believe in a team-based approach, so it is not uncommon for a team of specialists to be involved in delivering appropriate care for our patients.’+
Over the last few decades dentistry has changed beyond recognition.
‘How I was trained 33 years ago bears little relation to how I do dentistry today. Technology has transformed how we do dentistry,’ says Dr Tidu Mankoo, of the Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry.
‘The materials we use, the ease with which we can do things, the sophistication level to which we can do things, the fact that everything is enhanced, the use of surgical microscopes, magnification loupes. It’s all about precision and detail.’
Digital imaging, in particular, has advanced dentistry into a new age.+
‘Dentists who do not keep up with technology risk lagging behind.’ This is the view of specialist in orthodontics, Dr Sunil Hirani,
whose exclusive private practice, SmileLux in Milton Keynes, won Best Specialist Practice of the Year at the 2014 Private Dentistry Awards.
‘If dentists don’t raise their game they will fall behind in cutting edge patient care, warns Dr Hirani. ‘It will be reflected in their fees, service, patient satisfaction and end product. Patients are now aware of their choices and can vote with their feet.’ +
‘In the past, dentistry had a poor reputation when it came to patient education and clinician-patient communication,’ says
Louise of Hospital Lane Dental and Implant Clinic, Blue Bell Hill. ‘Patients came in and had their treatment and didn’t always know
what was going on.’
But at Hospital Lane, a state-of-the-art private clinic that boasts seven surgeries, 11 dentists and a designated imaging room, things couldn’t be more different.+
Owner of CareDental SmileStudios in Hounslow, Dr Samintharaj Kumar is committed to providing a highly bespoke implant dentistry service that is second to none, as well as utilising the latest in dental technology for his patients. Speaking about the practice, Samin says, ‘We have five surgeries and offer routine dentistry, as well as advanced oral surgery and facial rejuvenation. We do traditional orthodontics, endodontics and Invisalign; in fact, there isn’t much we don’t do. We’ve been in Hounslow for over 50 years now and have a long reputation for being a centre of excellence. What I’ve done by purchasing a Vatech CBCT is to advance what we can offer to our patients. +
Dr Ajay Murgai, like so many others working in a dental practice, is a general dentist committed to providing the very best patient care, from the clinical and the technical to the technological. As principal of The Smile Practice in Didcot, Ajay leads his team in striving to ‘do the best that can be done’. Ajay considers his route to practice principal as a natural progression of his career; however, his path is not without careful consideration. Ultimately, the plan is to ‘keep everything in-house, catering to all patients’ needs’ and ‘offering a full spectrum from general dentistry to smile design and everything in between’ +
Dentist Dr Bill Schaeffer, co-founder of The Implant Centres in Brighton & Hove and in Hayward’s Heath, West Sussex, is something of a trailblazer in the dental world. A man unused to doing things by halves, he trained not just as a dentist but also as a medical doctor, and a few years ago, his practice became the first in the UK to buy a cone beam CT (CBCT) scanner from flagship digital imaging company Vatech. So keen was Dr Schaeffer to take his implant surgery to the next level, that he purchased his machine – the Picasso Trio SP(CT machine) – all the way from Korea, before the UK Vatech branch had even opened. +
Dr Atul Kothari explains why Vatech is the perfect imaging partner for his practice,
the Boathouse Dental Surgery in Goring-on-Thames
The team at the Boathouse Dental Surgery is passionate about delivering the best possible treatment to patients in a friendly atmosphere. For Dr Kothari and his colleagues, the patient always comes first and they promise to :
1. Treat patients with respect and courtesy
2. Strive to achieve a satisfactory outcome at each visit
3. Listen to patients when they talk and be sympathetic to their needs
4. Perform the best possible treatment for each individual
5. Do their utmost to keep to time.
As a dental surgeon, Dr Kothari has a particular interest and expertise in implant dentistry +
Leonard Bowora explains why there was only one possible solution when it came
to providing the best imaging of patients attending the Oxford Dental Centre
Principal Dr Leonard Bowora and his team at the Oxford Dental Centre are committed to delivering the highest standard of care in a relaxing and friendly environment. He says: ‘We believe every patient is an individual with different needs and who therefore deserves a personalised approach to dental healthcare. Our practice aims to provide patients with the highest standard of dental care targeted to their specific needs. 'An integral part of that level of care is using modern technology, which aids us in finding the right solutions for their problems. There’s no doubt in my mind that the right technology is clinically useful.'+
Sandeep Mohal takes us behind the scenes of his practice in Sandhurst, Confidental,
and explains why Vatech’s Pax-i3D imaging system is the perfect fit for him and his team
Confidential offers general dentistry, as well as affordable cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics, all delivered by an award- winning group of dental professionals. Partner Sandeep Mohal, along with his brother, Deepak, and the rest of the team have put their own stamp on dentistry, focusing on delivering the best possible patient care – whether that is a check-up or a full-mouth restoration +
Mark Hughes considers the role Vatech’s imaging system has to play in delivering clinical excellence
Dr Mark Hughes, senior partner of the Harley Street Dental Studio, is a man with a vision. Quite simply, he and his team want to provide the utmost excellence in dentistry in an exceptional environment. Essential to success, of course, are outstanding clinical skills but, says Mark, ‘that can’t be delivered in isolation. You also have to have the best tools for the job’. One such tool is the Vatech system that has been installed in the practice. Mark says: ‘I can tell you why I chose Vatech in one word – quality. I looked at all of the options available to us with this type of CBCT scanner and it stood head and shoulders above the rest. A secondary element was the people who I met, who came and showed me the product, who supported us in the decision-making process without putting any pressure on me +
Philip Friel tells Private Dentistry why digital imaging is one of the ‘must haves’ in dentistry
My professional career choice was really a last resort, as I had little interest in any of the others available, on the whole! That said, when I looked into dentistry more closely, I realised it was actually one of the few professions that encompasses all others to a certain extent, as there are elements of medicine, law, technology, engineering, design, art, business etc. This variation and diversity, together with the opportunity to make a living helping others, soon made me decide that dentistry was the career for me and I was hooked +
Although 3D-imaging has existed for over a decade, Nick Fahey says the Vatech Reve 3D machine can help both patients and dentists reap the benefits of onsite CBCT scans
For many years, the gold standard for dental imaging was by analogue X-ray film. Therefore we relied on 2D radiographic imaging for diagnosis and treatment planning of the 3D situation in our patients. Like in other fields, the digital revolution hit dental imaging and now it is common to have 2D digital imaging in the dental practice. With the introduction of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in 1999, we now have tools available for more accurate diagnosis and treatment. The ability to look at a tooth, pathology or an anatomical situation in any direction and orientation, as well as in 3D, eliminates much of the guesswork commonly experienced with 2D radiographs +
Stephen Jacobs describes a recent case history.
We should look, learn and listen to patients and ascertain more than oral fitness before placing implants. When we talk of the changes within the dental profession that have occurred within the past 25 years (and the pace has been febrile), we normally think of the technical advances that have been made. But attitudinally the profession has altered significantly. Of course there have been wide ranging cultural changes in our society and these are often reflected in the way dentistry is practised. But it is the rise in consumerism that has had, and will increasingly have, the greatest influence. To-day the patient has greater knowledge and confidence and more choice +
A look at Europe's first mobile scanning clinic
In the unlikely event the name Julian Perry is not familiar to you, here, by way of introduction, are a few facts about someone who has always sought to push forward the boundaries of dentistry. Julian qualified in 1983 and worked in the hospital system until 1986 when he moved into general practice. He completed his MFGDP Royal College of Surgeons in 1992. He is a past president of the Cosmetic Dental Association and up until 2002 ran a group of 12 cosmetic treatment centres in and around London. In 2007Julian took two significant decisions. He opened his private practice, Advanced Dental Solutions, in the quiet Oxford hamlet of Black Bourton and decided to develop an idea that had been on his mid for some time +
If ever you find yourself heading towards Plymouth on the Devon Expressway (or the A38 as you may know it), take a moment to divert and visit the small town of Ashburton.
Set on the southern slopes of Dartmoor, Ashburton is an ancient stannary town dating back to Saxon times. If you take a walk along its main street (East Street) the shops you will wander past could (were you old enough) transport you back fifty years or more. Hardly the place, you might think, to find one of the leading Referral Dental Centres in the West Country. But you would be wrong and Dr Mitesh Badiani who bought the place in 1995 has more than demonstrated what a wise decision he made. Today the Devon Centre of Dental Excellence is the flagship practice for a group of practices including Plymouth, Bovey Tracey and Portland +
Such is the pace at which we now live that we are prone to take change for granted.
If we pause for a moment and think about the social and technological changes that have occurred in the last twenty five years we may surprise even ourselves. Talking to Dr Harmit Kalsi, Principal of Sheen Dental, helps bring these changes into sharp focus. It also makes one realise that dentistry neatly exemplifies and reflects the cultural shifts in our society, the advancements in technology and the increased expectations and aspirations of the consumer. “I qualified from Manchester in 1984” says Harmit, “but found wearing a turban made it difficult to get a job. Eventually I started in a practice in Birmingham, which, bluntly, was soul destroying +
Just for a moment, imagine you’re about to open a new dental practice in a prime High Street location.
How would you dress the (large) window area in order to attract maximum attention?
Your answer may be somewhat different from that of Omar Qureshi and Shan Lam when they opened their Swiss Cottage Smile Studio in November 2007. They agreed to fill the window with a dramatic piece of modern artwork. “We were taking a slight risk” acknowledges Omar, “but not one that, were it to fail, we could not rectify. The important thing is that it didn’t fail. It made people look in the window and into the practice. They liked what they saw” +
Dan McKenna would be the first to acknowledge that implantology is a continuous pathway of learning and development.
His Referral Implant and Oral Surgery Clinic and home are set in a secluded one acre site with breathtaking views over the harbour in Lough Foyle. He is passionate about his job and his enthusiasm and commitment are infectious. Perhaps it is the clear air that is conducive to the clear thinking that is so evident in Dan’s approach to dentistry. There is a calm, ordered logic that epitomises the careful planning and preparation Dan puts into patient treatment, research and training. Dan was at Trinity College, Dublin before moving on to Queens University, Belfast +
Tony Thurling talks to Tidu Mankoo
Google the name Tidu Mankoo and you will rapidly have a measure of the man and would forgive him for taking pride in his achievements. Yet Tidu’s pride is in the general progress of dentistry and the commitment and enthusiasm of the profession. “I recognise that I have a leading role to play” says Tidu, “and it is a responsibility I take seriously. Increasingly and encouragingly there is a demand for higher levels of dentistry and I am delighted to be considered an ambassador”. Whilst his practice in Windsor is unquestionably state-of-the-art and provides dental treatment beyond the reach of many, Tidu is utterly opposed to elitism in the profession: “I will not get drawn into debating the pros and cons of NHS and/or Private dentistry +
Tony Thurling meets an oral surgeon who combines entrpreneurial flair with Yorkshire grit.
It takes a certain kind of courage to be a certain kind of dentist. Few professions demand so much of their practitioners, or ask them to put so much on the line to realise their ambitions. Ebi Bamgboye is a good example of that certain kind of dentist. He is prepared to back his belief in his ability, not simply as an oral surgeon, but as an entrepreneur (with all the risks and responsibilities that entails). Ebi is prepared to invest in the fulfilment of his vision; it is not out of arrogance but rather from a genuine desire to offer better dentistry to his patients +
Tony Auger and Richard Ebanks opened their new, purpose built private dental practice, Hospital Lane Dental and Implant Clinic, in April 2007. Strategically positioned, built and finished to an uncompromisingly high standard, the Kent base practice is clear evidence of the value of investing in the best. Tony Auger explains what was involved. I make no apologies for being demanding. It is a policy that has paid handsome dividends since we established our first Hospital Lane Dental Clinic in Rochester almost 20 years ago. Since those early days we have moved forward. We now have a custom built, award winning, well respected private dental clinic, which was always our long-term goal. The balance between family life and work was always going to tip towards work once the project started and at the age of 40, with children then aged 10, 12 and 14 (and thus becoming more independent), the opportunity seemed right +
Tony Thurling talks to Avik Dandapat, who thinks that implantology needs tougher regulation
The growing demand for implants is a mixed blessing, believes Dr Avik Dandapat, one of the few dentists in the UK to hold the Diploma in Implantology from the Royal College of Surgeons. “On one hand, good implants and reconstructive surgery are hugely beneficial to patients from both an oral health and a personal confidence standpoint, ” says Avik. “On the other hand, there are real dangers lying in wait for the dentist who has had insufficient training and/or does not invest in first-class diagnostic equipment.” At 31, Avik acknowledges that some of his older colleagues may find it difficult to take advice from someone relatively young, but his commitment to and enthusiasm for advancing dental implantology vindicate his views +