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For cleaning products in the lab, use Kemdent essentials

Kemdent discusses the essential laboratory products are ideal for the busy technician

For cleaning products in the lab, use the same care as you would at home

Cleanliness in the dental laboratory, always stringent, is now even more robust. You will have PlasterSafe, PumiceSafe and Plaster Separatorput enhanced hygiene processes and protocols in place that are well established, that everyone is clear about, that run smoothly and keep the team safe and protected at work.

Depending on how many technicians there are in the lab, you may still have things like a one-way system in place, or the workforce divided into “bubbles” in order to limit the amount of people in the space at any one time. With practices tackling hefty treatment backlogs, you are likely to be busier than ever, so you can meet the demands of supplying dentists on time. The dental lab industry isn’t just back in business, it is getting on with business and cleaning must be effective, to minimise the risk not only to people, but of any need to halt operations. All your measures must be flexible too, so that they can be adapted as and when required – for example, if you need to expand your team to meet your increased workload.

No two are the same…

Outside the laboratory, no two cleaning products are the same, and will have your own personal preferences for what to look out for, and what you favour when you’re buying them. As well as effectiveness, you will choose products that are comfortable and pleasant to use. Fragrance is more important to some than others, but nearly everyone will want something that doesn’t irritate the skin and leave it feeling and looking dry and sore.

In the laboratory, you should have a similar list of requirements for all your cleaning products – highly effective, will neutralise unpleasant smells rather than being the source of them and are kind to skin. Cleaning products that can multi-task also make them better value, which is always of great benefit.

Various essential items will require a deep clean – in the dental laboratory, we must think far beyond surface cleaning. The dental pumice and pumice tray, for example, and good protocols will include regularly changing the pumice and having a separate one for “new work” and “repairs”. Pumice will produce splatter and aerosol too, and with your polishing lathe constantly in use in a busy laboratory, a high-quality liquid cleaner must be the mixing medium.

Because items are being regularly sent to practices, which will then be fitted into the patient’s mouth, effective cleaning of pumice and the pumice tray is an absolute priority and should be key part of your protocols.

For the busy technician

The ideal cleaning product will be ready to use and in a solution that effectively neutralises any unpleasant smells from the pumice tray. It will also have been formulated with the technician in mind, and therefore be kind, and not irritating to skin. Even better if it is a multi-purpose product that can also be used as a bench cleaner, and even for soaking lathe brushes to reduce the risk of burning the acrylic during polishing. PumiceSafe Universal Cleaner is highly effective and alcohol free, with a fresh and pleasant mint fragrance, also containing glycerine and emollient to look after technicians’ hands. The universal cleaning product is available in a handy spray and large 5ltr container, offering excellent value in one no-nonsense, multi-use product. PumiceSafe is available from Kemdent, joining its other premium lab solutions including PlasterSafe, an alcohol-free solvent that enables the swift and safe removal of dental plaster and stone from the fitted surface of dentures and Plaster Separator, a reliable medium that will impart a clean, smooth surface to the cured denture. Kemdent offers a comprehensive range of essential products for laboratories of any shape and size to utilise, all of which are made in Britain.

The products you choose can make a huge difference to hygiene in the dental laboratory. Just as is the case in the domestic setting, when a solution is pleasant to use, neutralising unpleasant odours as well as being kind to hands, full compliance to your processes will be supported. A safe laboratory, where technicians can work in the knowledge that they are using cleaning products which keep everything from surfaces to lathe brushes to pumices scrupulously clean, will continue to be productive, profitable and be able to grow.

For more information about the leading solutions available from Kemdent call 01793 770 256

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Achieving efficient prosthodontic workflows with Anutex Wax

This article discusses the components within the prosthodontic workflow that can impact the success of outcomes achieved.

Achieving efficient prosthodontic workflows

 

There are many components within the prosthodontic workflow that can impact the success of outcomes achieved. These include everything from the clinician’s initial assessment and data capture to the skill of the technician, and all the techniques, technologies and products used along the way.
By optimising the process and delivering a prosthesis that is accurate, functional and aesthetic, patient satisfaction is maximised and both technician
and dentist benefit. 

Anutex Wax Sheet and Teeth

 

 

Communication

In order to achieve the highest standards, collaboration between technician and dentist is crucial. Both parties need to understand how the other works in order to exchange the right amount of information for each particular case. A relationship needs to be formed, one based on mutual respect and that enables both individuals to perform their roles to the best of their abilities.

Communication is central to building this rapport and working together on cases. Conversations should be frank, open and honest, and they should occur regularly when first establishing a working relationship – as you become more familiar with each other, communication can become short-hand and less frequent without compromising quality of data exchanged. Teamwork is a big part of any prosthodontic case and all relevant team members must communicate effectively for the best outcomes.

 

Efficiency

For dental technicians, the products and materials used for the fabrication of prostheses can have a significant influence on the quality of the final solutions. This is not only relevant for the manufacture of permanent prostheses either – the try-in stage is perhaps even more important as it sets the precedence for the entire treatment process and patient experience.

There is nothing more frustrating for the technician, dentist and patient than excessive wax-ups and try-ins, with multiple and substantial changes or even remakes required. It is a waste of time, money and effort for the professional team and can create a poor patient experience, leading to their reduced satisfaction.

As such, maximising efficiency with careful planning and precise wax-ups will improve the process for all involved. Minor alterations are to be expected and the dentist should prepare the patient for this accordingly – but technicians today have access to the skills and products they need to minimise unnecessary adjustments.

 

Optimising models

Part of the planning process for prosthetic indications like denture
fabrications is the creation of a mock-up model. A good model helps to manage patient expectations, while providing essential information to the dentist and technician regarding function and aesthetics.

Where appropriate, the mock-up should recreate the harmony between hard and soft tissue for balanced aesthetics. 

While constructing the mock-up, precision is key. Any distortions of the wax models can lead to the unnecessary adjustments we have already alluded to, which are costly in terms of money and time. This can come down to the quality of the modelling wax used – the most effective wax will be stable to prevent distortions. This means no shrinking or expanding during the process to ensure that the teeth remain in the exact positions needed for the designed denture and promoting good
marginal fit.
A quality wax will also be easy to trim without flaking and should provide a good
finish once polished.

 

Kemdent Anutex Modelling Wax delivers in each of these areas. The market leader for modelling wax in the UK, it is unmatched in handling characteristics and features tightly controlled and consistent softening properties to optimise efficiency in the lab and eliminate the risk of flaking. It is also easy to trim and presents a smooth and glossy finish after gentle flaming.

 

Colin Butchart from Dorset Denture Clinic comments:

 

“Anutex Wax adapts to plaster models well when warmed over a Bunsen burner, without stretching or tearing. Having used Anutex for many years, I have always found it to boil out well, without leaving residue on the teeth. It also carves easily and leaves a smooth surface once it has been flamed. Once cold, it polishes to a high shine when rubbed with cotton wool under cold water. In addition, Kemdent’s customer service is very professional and products always arrive the following day after placement of an order.”

 

From start to finish

 

An accurate model makes it simpler for dentist and technician to deliver an exceptional final prosthesis that the patient will love. Enhancing efficiency of the process from start to finish with close collaboration and quality products provides a better experience for all involved.

 

For more information about Kemdent Anutex Modelling Wax, or any other market-leading solutions available, please visit www.kemdent.co.uk or call 01793 770 256

Durability – More important now than ever

Now more than ever, dental patients want treatment results that last. However, they also value shorter treatment times and aesthetic outcomes. To achieve all this, utilising the right products, technologies and protocols is key for practitioners, that is why Kemdent's Diamond Rapid Set Capsules are ideal for practitioners needs

Durability – More important now than ever

 

Now more than ever, dental patients want treatment results that last. However, they also value shorter treatment times and aesthetic outcomes. To achieve all this, utilising the right products, technologies and protocols is key for practitioners.

 

Patients first 

Whether patients require urgent treatment to rid them of pain, restorative procedures to repair damage from trauma or disease, or elective treatments to improve their self-confidence, they want results that will endure. This represents value, providing maximum return on their investment of both time and money, while giving them peace of mind that their oral health is protected for the foreseeable future.

The promise of fewer visits is another attractive advantage for most patients, with at least 10 million in the UK suffering from some form of dental fear. [i] This benefit is intensified in light of the on-going pandemic. Many people have and will continue to limit their contact with people outside their households in order to protect themselves and their loved ones. Patients will therefore appreciate not needing to travel to and enter the dental practice too often.

As important as durable treatment options are to modern patients, they are often not willing to compromise aesthetics. This, coupled with growing uncertainty among the general population about the safety of amalgam fillings due to the potential mercury release, means that most people will appreciate an alternative restorative option. This is when materials like glass ionomers come into their own – they provide long-lasting solutions with better aesthetics than amalgam and that facilitate quicker treatment times for less time spent in the chair.

 

Supporting business

Meeting patients’ desire to limit practice visits and reduce treatment times – without compromising quality of care – can help the dental practice to maintain its patient base. Delivering treatment results that last for longer means that patients stay healthy and their satisfaction with the treatment received remains high. In turn, this can encourage word-of-mouth recommendations and enhance the business’ reputation among the local community for long-term support and stability.

On a day-to-day basis, the practice diary can be made more efficient. By ensuring that patients don’t require additional follow-up appointments to repair chips in their restorations, for example, practitioners are better able to optimise their surgery time. This is further supported by the rapid workflows that solutions like glass ionomers enable in a wide range of clinical indications. In view of the backlog of patients that many practices are still facing due to a year of pandemic-related restrictions, this greater speed and efficiency means that more patients can be seen for improved health of the local community and maximum revenue to support business recovery.

 

Achieving durability

It is important to achieve this durability of treatment results without compromising quality of the procedures or patient experience. This involves careful management of various protocols in place throughout the practice. For instance, meticulous treatment planning will help clinicians to avoid potential complications and prepare for enduring treatment results that their patients will love. The use of digital technologies, where appropriate, and the workflows employed will therefore have a significant impact on the quality and durability achieved.

It is also essential to consider how patients are communicated with. Their compliance with oral hygiene advice will be integral to protecting the outcomes delivered and enabling them to enjoy the benefits for longer. Ensuring they understand their role is a crucial element of the planning and consent processes.

 

Product selection

Of course, product selection is just as important for quality treatment and long-lasting effects. When it comes to restorative dentistry, the filling materials chosen are often the key to success. Particularly in the posterior region, clinicians need products that feature high resistance to chipping, without compromising aesthetics, clinical efficiency or workflow flexibility.

As already mentioned, selecting glass ionomers instead of amalgam allows much simpler application for a faster treatment time when compared to amalgam or composites. They also require less drilling and preparing of the tooth than that required for amalgam restorations. All of this ultimately reduces chair time for the benefit of both patient and practitioner, delivering the efficiency that is so beneficial in times of COVID-19.

A fine example is the Kemdent Diamond Rapid Set Glass Ionomer Cement Capsules. Extreme durability and chipping resistance mean they are ideal for non-load-bearing Class I and Class II restorations, as well as for deciduous teeth, the sandwich technique and core build ups. The innovative formula renders the material resistant to saliva almost immediately, minimising the risk of contamination from moisture for maximum material strength – after 6 months a compressive strength of 350MPa is achieved. Supporting the clinical workflow, the material offers just over a 2-minute working time and adheres to both dentine and enamel. The capsules are also individually wrapped in easy-open foils, facilitating single-dose dentistry and optimising both efficiency and hygiene in the surgery. The Kemdent Diamond Rapid Set Glass Ionomer Cement even release fluoride to provide a level of protection against caries.

 

 

 

 

A win-win

Achieving outstanding clinical results is only one step in the delivery of high-quality patient treatment. Both patient and practitioner benefit from more efficient treatment workflows and that still achieve durable outcomes – especially in the world we live in today. With careful product selection, the very best results can be encouraged in a wide range of restorative procedures.

Article by Alistair Mayoh

For more information, please visit Diamond Rapid Set Capsules Information Page

 

[i] Oral Health Foundation. Income, education and social isolation linked to dental anxiety in new report. News & Blogs. April 2018. https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/income-education-and-social-isolation-linked-to-dental-anxiety-in-new-report [Accessed January 2021]

Maximising value with Acron Hi - High Impact Acrylic

It has never been more important to offer the clinicians you collaborate with and their patients good value. That means quality products with an efficient service and affordable prices.

Acron Hi Denture - Image by Lee Torrington RT CDT rcs eng

For many businesses, every detail of their services and those they seek from others has been scrutinised over the past year. Never has it been more important to optimise quality and efficiency, enabling organisations to boost productivity and bolster profits for short- and long-term stability. As part of this, dental practices will have evaluated the laboratories they work with, including everything from the breadth of services they offer to their turnaround times and the quality of the materials they use.


To ensure that dentists and their teams remain confident in the services you provide, it is important to constantly review and refine both what you do and how you do it. This involves building an effective team and then providing them with the materials they need to meet or even exceed expectations of dentists and patients alike.

 

 

Recognising team skill

Any successful dental lab will appreciate the importance of a good team. Their skills and experience are the foundation for delivering products and appliances of outstanding quality. If any of your dental technicians took the opportunity to update their knowledge and undergo virtual training during unavoidable downtime in 2020, it’s important that their new abilities are recognised and utilised. This could help to broaden and strengthen the services available from your lab, enabling you to offer new products or workflows that your clients will appreciate. Alternatively, if your team have gained experience with new materials that have the potential to reduce turnaround times, enhance quality or provide long-lasting reliability, your business can benefit from this too.

Recognising the expertise among the team is also essential for motivation, encouraging them to maintain the highest possible standards. An engaged team is more likely to go that extra mile for their clients, maximising the value provided, encouraging your dentists’ satisfaction and bolstering your reputation as a business worth working with.

 

Staying up to date

There are many reasons for needing to update the materials used in the lab, only one of which is the developing skill of the team. Other reasons may include changing demands form clients and patients, a restructure of the lab or a greater focus on specialist areas of dentistry. The tools and materials used in the lab therefore need to be reviewed regularly to ensure that you continue to stock the best and most appropriate products for the work you fulfil and the standards you want to meet.

 

In any case, this means finding materials that work well in your technicians’ hands and that they can trust to deliver the aesthetic, functional and durable results that patients expect. You also need solutions that have been proven to do what they say they’re going to do, that facilitate predicable outcomes and come with excellent customer support. For instance, when fabricating dentures, you need a strong and durable material that gives your clients the utmost confidence in its durability. At the same time, the material needs to be simple to use so as to enable an efficient workflow through the laboratory.

 

The Acron Hi from Kemdent is a true high impact strength acrylic, ideal for the provision of high-quality dentures. To ensure ease of handling, Acron Hi produces a soft and easily packable ‘dough’ that suits any processing protocols, including injection moulding. The unique Multi-Matrix Technology optimises its fracture and breakage resistance, and its increased stiffness after processing makes trimming and polishing simple. Plus, a low level of residual monomer minimises the risk of allergic reactions for greater patient comfort.

 

Maximising value

It has never been more important to offer the clinicians you collaborate with and their patients good value. That means quality products with an efficient service and affordable prices. It is essential to remind clients, where necessary, that this is not about cutting costs. Instead, focus should be on the value of services sought. Any laboratory with a highly skilled team, that cares about its clients and employs only the best technologies and materials in the market, will always be a trustworthy partner. All of this will ensure not only quality, but consistent quality, which ultimately is needed to support superior patient care now and for years to come.  

 

For more information about Acron Hi - High Impact Denture Base Acrylic call 01793 770256

Image by Lee Torrington RT CDT rcs eng

 

 

Kemdent Visit Apollo Prosthetics

Kemdent's visit to Apollo Prosthetics in Malvern confirmed their view that Dental Technicians value British Made products.

Kemdent, a  British  manufacturer of dental materials take’s  pride in being a member of ‘Made in Britain’ an organisation only offering membership to those truly manufacturing in Great Britain. This makes it really clear to their customers that they’re manufacturing in Britain, and to the very highest standards.

A long time and valued Kemdent customer, dental lab Apollo Prosthetics is British Kite  Marked and so of course, Kevin the owner & registered Technician fully appreciates the benefits of Kemdent’s British manufactured, high quality products. From the materials inside to the packaging outside!

Kevin was kind enough to host Marketing Director Alistair Mayoh and UK Sales advisor Jodie for a visit to the lab so they could find out more about why the lab has bought and used Kemdent products for so many years.

One of Kevin’s favourite Kemdent products is Anutex HS modelling wax. Enjoying its temperature stability as a hard wax but high quality as it doesn’t crack when being taken off a model. He likes the way it snaps, the flow of the wax, its carveability and how it holds its form in a liquid state. Kevin also values the fact that when his work is finished, Anutex HS stays where he puts it with no splits. Kevin heats Anutex HS over a Bunsen for 10-15 seconds rather than heating it by alternative methods. He keeps the flame moderate to high continuously.

 Kemdent’s Light Cure trays and soft curved bite rims are again a product regularly used by Kevin for their reliable quality and ease of use.  

Kevin uses Kemdent’s PlasterSafe plaster solvent to aid the safe removal of dental plaster from the fitted surface of dentures. Alcohol free, Plastersafe is kind to technician’s hands. To save time on soaking Kevin used ultrasonic to speed things up.

Kevin also appreciates Kemdent as a supplier of denture base Acrylic.  Acron Hi High Impact acrylic is easy and quick to mix and pack. He uses original for private work and translucent for NHS. Kevin loves the colour and efficient curing time. He likes that it doesn’t crack and have the porosity of other acrylics he has used.

Although Kevin said he will always put quality before price, the competitive offers he receives from Kemdent make buying Kemdent products an easy choice. Reliable delivery service and regular telephone contact from Kemdent’s sales advisor Jodie make ordering with Kemdent easy, friendly and convenient.

It seems this relationship between UK based Manufacturer and Technician adds up to a real benefit for the dental technician and the patient!

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Anutex HS Modelling Wax - The stable solution

As many dental labs continue to face challenges it is essential that you have the right tools for the job, Anutex HS provides the stable solution

Managing standards with quality lab materials

Business management has always been key to the long-term success of a dental laboratory. Like any type of company, it is crucial for lab owners to monitor everything from finances to daily operations, product stock and team training to ensure smooth workflows, maximum productivity and high quality standards.

Given the events of the past 18 months, it has never been more important to reduce inefficiencies and most laboratories have reviewed and improved their processes. Part of this has involved ensuring that technical protocols, products and materials are in place to support streamlined workflows and minimise the risk of remakes or returned products. As many dental labs continue to face challenging times, it is critical to do whatever possible to protect the future of your business.

The right tools for the job

Modern dental technicians face a myriad of demands from clients and their patients. To meet or exceed expectations and deliver a reliable service that builds upon the lab’s reputation, they need adequate materials at their disposal. Reflecting upon the products you routinely order and whether they continue to do the job you need them to do is, therefore, important. They need to be more than simply fit for purpose – they should be truly optimising results and enabling your team to achieve consistently reproducible outcomes.

 

For example, consider the creation of mock-ups and models for prosthetic work. The accuracy of these will depend largely on the precision of the impression sent from the practice, as well as the materials used in the manufacture of the models, such as the modelling wax. The ability of these materials to exactly replicate details of a patient’s unique anatomy will have a substantial impact on the quality of the prosthetics manufactured. Missed or distorted data at any point in the workflow can result in poorly fitting or non-aesthetic products, which in turn effects both patient and practitioner. Solutions that have to be adjusted or re-made completely, delay treatment, increase workload for the practice team and degrade the patient experience. Where inaccuracies occur within the laboratory, dentists are likely to look elsewhere, meaning the lab loses business and its reputation could be dented, possibly deterring future growth as well.

 

Business reputation and client loyalty have become increasingly important with the growth of private dentistry in the UK. Standards have never been higher, particularly when it comes to patient expectations. Those willing to invest in top level care – whether for functional or aesthetic reasons – have come to expect a very positive experience. Practices can’t afford to ask patients to return multiple times for adjustments or remakes of prostheses. Competition in the sector also means that clinicians have the opportunity to try different laboratories and only work with the best. Positioning yourself as such requires hard work and dedication, but the products you utilise will provide a solid foundation on which to build.

A stable solution

For these reasons, something as seemingly simple as a modelling wax must be carefully selected by the technical team. The Kemdent Anutex High Stability (HS) Modelling Wax is a favourite for many in the UK because it delivers in the areas that matter most. Stable at high temperatures for easy handling and peace of mind, it is a Type 2, Class 2 hard modelling wax that has been designed not to irritate the oral tissues when placed in the mouth. The material offers exceptional detail replication, remaining perfectly intact when tried in the mouth for minimal distortion and stimulation of natural gingival features.

 

Further still, Kemdent is known for providing service with a smile, as several clients can attest to. Alex Kerr of Chilli Dental Lab comments:

“Kemdent has consistently provided a friendly and reliable service. The dental lab materials have proved to be of a uniformly high standard. Orders are also always taken by helpful, knowledgeable staff and have always been quickly dispatched. Not once, in over 20 years, has this lab ben let down or disappointed by the service, advice or materials provided by Kemdent.”

John Ridley from Advanced Dental Services adds:

 

“In addition to the quality of the products, Kemdent customer services are always quick and efficient at sorting out any queries.”

 

A positive experience for all

Ultimately, the aim of the game for dental labs today is to deliver consistency and quality, helping dentists deliver exceptional care to their patients.
The materials used throughout lab workflows are vital to helping your business fulfil its potential and protect its future. 

 

 

For more information about Anutex HS Modelling Wax Click Here or call 01793 770 256

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For the busy technician

This article discusses cleanliness in the dental laboratory with Kemdent's PumiceSafe Universal Cleaner, PlasterSafe Solvent and Plaster Separator

For cleaning products in the lab, use the same care as you would at home

Cleanliness in the dental laboratory, always stringent, is now even more robust. You will have put enhanced hygiene processes and protocols in place that are well established, that everyone is clear about, that run smoothly and keep the team safe and protected at work.

Depending on how many technicians there are in the lab, you may still have things like a one-way system in place, or the workforce divided into “bubbles” in order to limit the amount of people in the space at any one time. With practices tackling hefty treatment backlogs, you are likely to be busier than ever, so you can meet the demands of supplying dentists on time. The dental lab industry isn’t just back in business, it is getting on with business and cleaning must be effective, to minimise the risk not only to people, but of any need to halt operations. All your measures must be flexible too, so that they can be adapted as and when required – for example, if you need to expand your team to meet your increased workload.

 

No two are the same…

PumiceSafe Universal Cleaner

Outside the laboratory, no two cleaning products are the same, and will have your own personal preferences for what to look out for, and what you favour when you’re buying them. As well as effectiveness, you will choose products that are comfortable and pleasant to use. Fragrance is more important to some than others, but nearly everyone will want something that doesn’t irritate the skin and leave it feeling and looking dry and sore.

In the laboratory, you should have a similar list of requirements for all your cleaning products – highly effective, will neutralise unpleasant smells rather than being the source of them and are kind to skin. Cleaning products that can multi-task also make them better value, which is always of great benefit.

 

Various essential items will require a deep clean – in the dental laboratory, we must think far beyond surface cleaning. The dental pumice and pumice tray, for example, and good protocols will include regularly changing the pumice and having a separate one for “new work” and “repairs”. Pumice will produce splatter and aerosol too, and with your polishing lathe constantly in use in a busy laboratory, a high-quality liquid cleaner must be the mixing medium.

Because items are being regularly sent to practices, which will then be fitted into the patient’s mouth, effective cleaning of pumice and the pumice tray is an absolute priority and should be key part of your protocols.

 

PlasterSafe Plaster Solvent and Tray Cleaner

For the busy technician

 

The ideal cleaning product will be ready to use and in a solution that effectively neutralises any unpleasant smells from the pumice tray. It will also have been formulated with the technician in mind, and therefore be kind, and not irritating to skin. Even better if it is a multi-purpose product that can also be used as a bench cleaner, and even for soaking lathe brushes to reduce the risk of burning the acrylic during polishing.

PumiceSafe Universal Cleaner is highly effective and alcohol free, with a fresh and pleasant mint fragrance, also containing glycerine and emollient to look after technicians’ hands. The universal cleaning product is available in a handy spray and large 5ltr container, offering excellent value in one no-nonsense, multi-use product. PumiceSafe is available from Kemdent, joining its other premium lab solutions including PlasterSafe, an alcohol-free solvent that enables the swift and safe removal of dental plaster and stone from the fitted surface of dentures and Plaster Separator, a reliable medium that will impart a clean, smooth surface to the cured denture. Kemdent offers a comprehensive range of essential products for laboratories of any shape and size to utilise, all of which are made in Britain.

Plaster Separator

 

The products you choose can make a huge difference to hygiene in the dental laboratory. Just as is the case in the domestic setting, when a solution is pleasant to use, neutralising unpleasant odours as well as being kind to hands, full compliance to your processes will be supported. A safe laboratory, where technicians can work in the knowledge that they are using cleaning products which keep everything from surfaces to lathe brushes to pumices scrupulously clean, will continue to be productive, profitable and be able to grow.

Find out more about Kemdent's PumiceSafe Universal Cleaner, PlasterSafe Solvent and Plaster Separator or call 01793 770 256

 

Optimising efficiency with Diamond Carve Glass Ionomer Cement

This article discusses maximising efficiency and saving time must be balanced with affordable and cost-effective products and workflows.

Time – a fickle friend

 

Most would agree that time is a fickle thing. It often seems to do the exact opposite of what we would prefer – in awkward situations the clock stands still, while moments of happiness fly by faster than we ever want them to. In the dental practice, managing your time effectively and utilising products like Kemdent Diamond Carve to save precious time in everyday routines is key to business recovery and patient satisfaction.

Why does time fly when you’re having fun?

 

Our “sense” of time is unique and very different to how our other senses work. How we perceive time is subjective and supported by data from all our other senses put together. It can be affected by emotional state, level of attention, memory and disease.[i] Interestingly, neuroscientists believe that our perception of time changes depending on how much information our minds are processing. This concept has been around for many years[ii] and is based on the idea that the more your brain is learning and processing new information, the slower it perceives time to go by. The speed with which we process information also appears to increase with age,[iii] further supporting the theory that time seems to pass much slower for children than it does for adults. It has also been postulated that how a person judges time is impacted by working memory capacity, going some way to explain why time seems to pass quickly for more elderly individuals.

 

Managing time in the dental practice

 

Getting back to the dental practice, for dental professionals, perception of time is less important than time management itself. Time is often against them when attempting to meet patient expectations, deliver high quality clinical care and safely see as many patients as possible each day to reduce the backlog created by the pandemic so far. The challenges have been added to with the target of 60% pre-COVID UDAs set for all practices with an NHS contract. This means that while time is very much of the essence, being able to maximise efficiency and save time must be balanced with affordable and
cost-effective products and workflows.

 

Optimising efficiency

From teamwork and collaboration among professionals, to daily protocols, appointment booking organisation and the products used for everyday clinical procedures, every piece of the puzzle needs to be reviewed and refined for optimal time management. The aim of the game is to get more done in a shorter space of time, without compromising on the effectiveness of the process or the quality of the outcome.

 

Consider the restorative treatment workflow. A common procedure in the general dental practice, it provides the perfect opportunity to minimise treatment steps and maximise efficiency, all the while maintaining a pleasant patient experience and achieving beautiful, functional and durable outcomes.

 

Something as simple as using a quick and reliable cement could be key. Kemdent Diamond Carve is a hand-mixed glass ionomer cement, which instantly saves time while being far less expensive than composites and capsulated glass ionomers. With a working time of three minutes and 40 seconds to four minutes, it does not require the practitioner to rush while placing and shaping the restoration. It also needs minimal preparation – the practitioner need only remove soft caries and undermine the enamel, no varnishing, no hassle. Its lack of dimensional change during chemical curing means it can be placed in one increment for significant time-saving advantages.

 

Kemdent Diamond Carve provides a highly aesthetic alternative to traditional composite, glass ionomer or amalgam in posterior, non-loading bearing Class I and II restorations, as well as Class V abrasion cavities. It bonds to enamel and dentine without the need for acid etching making it quicker and cheaper to use in surgery once again. Plus, it is radiopaque and displays much higher compressive strength than most conventional glass ionomers for total peace of mind.

 

Time waits for no one

 

Though we might all have conflicting perceptions of how time has passed over this last year, we can all agree that making the most of our time is important. In the practice, this means streamlining workflows and optimising efficiency to improve both the patient and practitioner experience. Time management has always been important in dentistry, but recent restrictions and challenges have made it even more crucial.

 

Dr Hamish Morton, Principal of Birchfield Dental Practice in Hampshire, is one of many satisfied users of Kemdent Diamond Carve glass ionomer cement. He says:

 

“This is a great material for restoring teeth with a poor prognosis, especially those in elderly patients. I have used it already for 5 years.”

 

For more information about the Diamond Carve Click Here or call 01793 770 256

 

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[ii] Thomas EAC, Weaver WB. Cognitive processing and time perception. Perception & Psychophysics. 1975. 17(4): 363-367 https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.3758/BF03199347.pdf

 

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Patient first doesn’t mean technician last

There are many factors that contribute to the success of restorative solutions. Everything from patient satisfaction to the functionality and aesthetics of the prosthetic provided should be considered. Just as with any materials used in dentistry, the reputation and reliability of the brand chosen is always a contributing factor. Clinicians need to have confidence in the research and development of materials they choose. They also need access to technical support and advice from a team who knows what they’re talking about.

Starting on the right foot

 

There are many factors that contribute to the success of restorative solutions. Everything from patient satisfaction to the functionality and aesthetics of the prosthetic provided should be considered.

 

As is true in any area of dentistry and for any product requested of and produced by the dental laboratory, communication between dentist and technician is key. The transfer of information from practice to laboratory is crucial for achieving a highly accurate and aesthetic prosthetic first time. Part of this communication involves the creation and transportation of a precise impression, which the dental technician can use to fulfil the prescription.

Though other techniques are available, many dentists and dental technicians continue to use analogue impressions very successfully. The technology required for digital impressions might be prohibitively expensive, plus, individuals may prefer the conventional workflow and achieve better results with it. In addition, research often shows little difference in the level of accuracy possible with analogue and digital impressions. There are challenges to overcome with both workflows and the entire dental team plays a role in optimising the procedure in either case.

 

For those who choose conventional techniques, dentist and dental technician must work together for the best results. To ensure the best possible impression, dentists are responsible for managing patient expectations, effective site preparation and moisture control, appropriate impression material selection, and the avoidance of bubbles and distortions. Dental technicians are tasked with the fabrication of highly accurate models and prosthetics.

 

Optimising the impression tray

 

However, before all of this happens, an impression tray must be selected. Clinicians can use standard trays or work with their laboratory to create a custom-made solution that is tailored to the anatomy of their patient. 

 

The custom-made impression tray has become a staple for many dental technicians chasing the highest quality standards for indirect restorations. It offers several clinical advantages compared to its pre-fabricated counterpart, each contributing to the end result. For example, a personalised tray design can ensure greater dimensional accuracy and stability with a uniform material thickness. It can also reduce the risk of distortions if a more rigid design is utilised. There are cost-efficiencies available, too, with less material wastage and a lower potential for re-makes as treatment progresses. All of this is in addition to the benefits afforded by totally customised treatment for the patient, facilitating a more accurate impression and greater patient comfort.

 

With several customisable tray materials on the market, selecting the right one for the case is key. This will depend on the type of tray design, as well as the technician’s personal preference and the solutions available to them in the lab. Other materials properties such as working time, curing time, ease of handling and cost-effectiveness should also be explored to find the best option for the laboratory and, ultimately, the patient.

 

A trusted brand

 

Just as with any materials used in dentistry, the reputation and reliability of the brand chosen is always a contributing factor. Clinicians need to have confidence in the research and development of materials they choose. They also need access to technical support and advice from a team who knows what they’re talking about.

Kemdent Light Cure Trays

For these reasons and several others, many dental technicians choose Kemdent Light-Cure Tray material. As one of the most cost-effective materials on the market, this option benefits technicians, dentists and patients alike. The material has an infinite working time and is non-sticky, while being easy to adapt and trim means less wastage. It can then be cured quickly under halogen and UVA light in just a few minutes, when it becomes extremely rigid and dimensionally stable for minimal risk of distortions and maximum chance of highly accurate impression trays. Full product and workflow details can be found on the website.

 

Patient first doesn’t mean technician last

 

Though modern dentistry is patient-centred and all about delivering the best dental care and treatment for each individual, this can be achieved while optimising the experience for the dental technician (and dentist). Impressions are an important part in the restorative workflow, ultimately impacting the accuracy precision fit of any prosthetics fabricated for the patient, and therefore their satisfaction. Making the right choices from the very beginning of the process, with reliable and cost-effective impression tray manufacturer, will make sure all parties are happy with the outcomes.

 

For more information about the Kemdent Light Cure Trays, Click Here or call 01793 770 256

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