Immediate Loading Utilising Straumann GonyX

Today BDT Technician Lee Mullins manufactured a immediate screw retained denture utilising the Straumann gonyX guided surgery system.
below are 2 images showing the Guided surgery Stent and the finished temp denture. For the full rundown on how this was achieved follow the link below the photographs to the Tech Talk page.

GonyX Guided surgery Stent

Screw Retained Temporary Denture

World Exclusive! 1st e.Plant Bridge fitted!!

Today we are proud to say we have fitted the worlds 1st e.Plant implant bridge.
here is a sneak preview of the bridge prior to fit and one with the bridge fitted
The full story will be revealed in our next post!

e.Plant bridge prior to fit.

e.Plant screw retained bridge fitted

e.Plant screw retained bridge fitted.

BDT Surgery Now Open!

The BDT Surgery

We used our Dental Surgery for the 1st time today for a rescue case. The case was started by another lab with a clinician we do not work with, and after several attempts to get things right and failing every time the patient lost patience and was referred to a clinician we work with on a regular basis.

After a hectic morning session we had isolated various problem implants and began to prepare 2
immediate prothesis’s for the implants that were still sound.
By lunch time we had 2 implant retained dentures ready to fit this went well and after fine tuning the occlusion we were then able to optimise the dentures.
The dentures had the teeth shapes and characters altered and the flanges and palate removed converting them into screw retained temporary restorations.
While this was going on the clinician provided us with new upper and lower fixture head impressions so we could begin work on the screw retained bite blocks and other diagnostic stages before commencing with the production of the definitive restorations.

After final checks the screw retained temporary bridges were polished and fitted.
The patient was overcome with joy after 2 years of been messed around by unprofessional Clinicians and Technicians he could not believe what we had achieved in a single day.

All in all a great result and excellent team work by Lee, Phil, Paul, and the clinical team and of course the patient who had to take another leap of faith by coming to the surgery and agreeing to let us take control of the treatment planning.

We could not of wished for a better way to open the BDT Surgery. :O)

The Importance of good quality control

Here at Beever Dental we believe that consistently great results can only be achieved by adhering to strict protocols, keeping up to date with the latest technological advances, communicating and sharing ideas with fellow professionals and listening to our patients needs as well as our clinicians.

In order to ensure we are performing these duties to the best of our abilities we have a number of quality control stages as part of our everyday working procedures. Every single restoration goes through a final stage inspection by technicians with over 20 years experience in dental technology.

We hope that these measures stop any restorations we are not happy with leaving the lab.

Sometimes we see work from other laboratories that has obviously not gone through the same quality control protocols we use in the lab.
The latest example of this happened today.
We received a call from a client who has not previously used the lab for Dentures, the call basically went like this. “Hi Phill my denture lab is not performing well at the moment, the latest case I have sent them has just been delivered to the surgery and its very poor”. “I personally called the lab about this case last week and asked them to do a nice job as the patient is very discerning and the last few cases have been not to your usual standard”.
Our client was told they would keep an eye out for the case arriving and do a “top job”.
When the denture set up arrived at the lab we were to be frank pretty shocked. We know that sometimes cases can be very hard to get right and sometimes function has an effect on aesthetics however in this case there was no excuse, it was simply a poorly made prosthesis.

In this series of images you can see the denture set up made by a local competitor lab and the denture set up made by us.

Poor Diagnostic set up from a competitor lab

Lateral view illustrating the poor occlusal scheme

New Diagnostic set up by BDT Technician Lee Mullins

Lateral view showing a good occlusal scheme.

As you can see from the images everything about this case was wrong and should have never left the lab.
The teeth used are very basic 2 layered entry level teeth.
The teeth used are also too small.
The teeth are covered in wax.
The wax carving around the teeth is very basic.
The occlusal scheme is completely wrong.

Im sure you would agree this is not a quality PRIVATE standard set up.

The BDT Technician Lee Mullins was responsible for rescuing this case.

As always all comments greatly appreciated.

Beever Dental Technology Proud to be a part of this great campaign!

The British Bite Mark Dental Laboratories Helping over 29000 People Smile for British Summer this June!
It seems like the whole country have been gripped with national pride as we reminisce on the glorious pageantry of the Golden Jubilee celebrations and look forward to the spectacle that will be the London 2012 Olympics.
Naturally when people are enjoying themselves or taking pride in something, there is an automatic urge to smile, this must go some way to explaining why dental laboratories up and down the country have been busy manufacturing custom made dental appliances in May and June.
According to the British Bite Mark team, research has suggested that in June 2012, British Bite Mark registered dental laboratories have contributed or created over 29,000 new smiles! Richard Daniels Chief Executive of the Dental Laboratories Association said ‘dental technology is a hidden gem of British manufacturing with thousands of dental technicians across the country changing people’s lives on a daily basis either by creating a beautifully hand crafted dental crown or an equally beautiful denture. Many people who visit the dentist, simply do not realise that their dental appliance is designed and custom made just for them and that it if it has been made in Britain, it has been manufactured under a strict regulatory framework which includes professional registration for the dental laboratory and the dental technician; unlike dental appliances that are shipped in from overseas from places such as China or India.’
The British Bite Mark is now becoming widely recognised as the logo for patients to look out for when agreeing with their dentist to a prescription that requires a crown, bridge or denture.
British Bite Mark labs are not only in the business of manufacturing natural looking smiles, they also help many married couples smile again with their custom made ant-snoring devices, in June 2012 they manufactured over 1900 anti-snoring devices for patients across the UK.
British Dental Technology is under commercial threat from unregulated cheap importers from China, India and other developing nations. It is impossible to know what materials are included in crowns, bridges and dentures that are made in an unregulated environment yet thousands of dentists use imported appliances rather than appliances made under the British Bite Mark label, when you next need a crown or a denture why not ask your dentist where his dental lab is based!

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Fast and Fixed

The BDT Technicians spent a day in surgery last week assisting with an arch clearance and immediate placement/loading implant case.

Before we arrived at the surgery we had to simulate the arch after proposed removal of all upper teeth.

After this was completed a Denture was manufactured ready to adapt to a temporary prosthesis in surgery once the implants had been placed.

We also made a clear copy denture which was utilised as both a stent (aid for ensuring correct placement) and as a special tray for picking up the implant position .
After the Surgical team had removed all the patients failing teeth and placed 5 implants, the Lab team were then handed an impression of the abutments.

After casting a soft tissue model it was time to begin adjusting the denture to try in over the temporary cylinders attached to the implant abutments.

Once 2 of the cylinders were attached to the denture it was then time to attach all the other cylinders to the denture on the model.

The denture was then again tried in to check everything was still engaging correctly.
Once the fit had been verified the final adjustments to occlusion and reduction of the flanges and removal of the palate could commence.

The Denture/Temporary prosthesis could then be polished and fitted to the patient.

Gerber Course at The Academy of Clinical Excellence

BDT Technicians Lee & Phil are attending the 3 day Gerber Course this week.
The course is run by Technicians Mark Price and Max Bosshart and is based on the long standing Gerber Philosophy.
The course is a denture based and will add to the skills already amassed over years of hard word work and training.
This morning we familiarised ourselves with Gothic Arch Tracing and the importance of recording centric relation in edentulous patients.
After the break we were introduced to the Deltaform range of teeth and the advantages gained by utilising their unique occlusal forms.
The Deltaform teeth were designed by one of the tutors Mr Max Bosshart.
The afternoon session involved throwing away the rule book on traditional denture setups and utilising the Condylator Articulator and Deltaform teeth to produce a wax set up following the Gerber principal.
So far the course has proven to be extremely informative and the tutors shown to have a knowledge base that is second to none in this field.
A great days learning at a fantastic facility!

Max and Mark look on as Lee starts the Gothic arch tracing process.


The set up at half way stage.