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.

BDT join the BDT campaign

Beever Dental Technology are proud to be part of this Fantastic campaign

Beever Dental Technology Joins the Dental Laboratories Association’s Launch of ‘The British Bite Mark’

Beever Dental Technology of Leeds has become one of the first dental laboratories in the country to join the ‘British Bite Mark’ campaign, a campaign aimed at all NHS & Private dentistry patients in West Yorkshire and around the UK who are about to have a new crown, implant, denture or veneer fitted.

The ‘British Bite Mark’ is a new campaign launched by the Dental Laboratories Association that aims to offer patients the opportunity to find out where their appliances have been made and whether they comply with UK and EU regulations.

In recent months there have been a significant number of dentists looking to send their prescriptions to dental laboratories in the Far East to help reduce their overheads, rather than using the traditional route of dental laboratories based in the UK.

Dental Laboratory’s like Beever Dental Technology operating in the UK complies with strict regulations in terms of materials used; they also have to employ dental technicians that are registered with the General Dental Council. This level of regulation is in place to protect the patient, however appliances imported are not manufactured by registered Dental Technicians nor do the UK regulators inspect the dental laboratories that manufacture the appliances in the Far East.

The Dental Laboratories Association appreciate that the different levels of regulation and professional requirements can be confusing and difficult for patients to understand and therefore have looked to design a logo that at a quick glance will help inform the patient that their dental appliance has been manufactured in the UK and meets the UK regulatory requirements.

As a licenced ‘British Bite Mark’ dental laboratory Beever Dental Technology are recognised as meeting all the legal requirements to manufacture crowns, bridges, dentures and veneers in the UK and as such are able to carry the ‘British Bite Mark’ logo.

At the launch of the British Bite Mark campaign, Richard Daniels Chief Executive of the Dental Laboratories Association said ‘In these turbulent economic times it is understandable that dental practices are looking to cut costs, however by sourcing crowns, bridges, dentures and veneers from dental laboratories in the Far East just to save money isn’t acceptable without making the patient aware. I believe that by introducing the British Bite Mark, we are helping patients instantly recognise where their appliance has been manufactured and that it complies with UK regulations, with the ultimate aim of ensuring patients receive a transparent service from their dentist.’

Commenting on the ‘British Bite Mark’ campaign dental laboratory owner Phil Reddington said ‘I am delighted to have been accepted to use the British Bite Mark logo, it is essential that patients receiving custom made dental appliances manufactured by my dental laboratory can be confident that they are safe and compliant and this logo does exactly that without the patient having to do lengthy research or ask questions that they may feel uncomfortable asking when visiting the dentist.’

1st ITI Leeds Study Club

Leeds 2012 ITI Study Club PDF

Digital Impressions from 3MESPE


Technicians Paul Butterwick and Phil Reddington donning the 3D glasses in order to check the data captured by the Lava LCOS inter oral scanner.
After the dies have been isolated and the margins marked the files are then e-mailed to In-Tech laboratories in the USA where a Stereolithographical model is produced and shipped back to the lab.
While the model is being manufactured the dat from the digital impression is imported into the the Lava ST scanner and utilising the design software a substructure is designed.
After the substructure design is optimised that file is then e-mailed to a milling partner such as Tech-Ceram LTD.
After 48 hours from receiving the initial digital file from the surgery a CAD/CAM model and crown substructure arrive via courier.
The Ceramics department can then layer the substructure with the correct material.

Stereolithographical Model

Stereolithographical Model

Lava Substructure

Lava Framework on Cad/Cam model

Finished LAVA crown.

ITI Congress Liverpool 1-3 DEC 2011

Had a very busy few weeks and after a great evening presenting on Dental Implants to a lovely group of clinicians its home and packed ready for the early start tomorrow!!

We are really looking forward to the 3 days of lectures by some of the leading lights in implant dentistry.

A full report of the events will be posted in the very near future so keep posted!!

We will also be uploading the next part of the gonyX video soon also so lots to come!

Hopefully see lots of new and exiting things at the ITI so see you there!!

GonyX Scan template Production YouTube LINK

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First Straumann Guided Surgery Placement!

Dr Craig Parker of Primley Park dentistry placed our first guided surgery implant today using the the Straumann system.

The Pre operative situation

This was the chosen site for implant placement the edentulous area at tooth position 46

“The Lab produced GonyX drilling stent in situ”

The Previously Lab manufactured scanning template was sent with the patient to 360 visualise a CBCT scanning facility where a scan was performed. This data was then imported into the Straumann CoDiagnostix software where Craig was able to plan the placement from a restoratively driven aspect whilst ensuring he was not getting too close to major anatomical structures.The software then produces various coordinates to be inputed into the GonyX device. The template was then placed back on the GonyX device to be transformed into the drilling stent ready for placement.

A tissue punch is used to access the site and then the drilling procedure takes place to prepare the site for the implant. This type of surgery has many benefits for the patient, because no flap has to be raised no sutures need to be placed which is much more comfortable for the patient.There is also less bleeding which makes it easier for the operator to asses the site.

The implant was perfectly placed in an area that can sometimes cause concern due to the close proximity of the Id nerve. This is another benefit of guided placement.

A post op X-ray was taken, this shows excellent placement into good bone giving excellent primary stability.

A great result for everyone involved and the patient was delighted with the whole procedure.

Photos of the completed restoration will be posted in the next few weeks.

For more information on the SGS system please contact the laboratory.