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The official podcast from The Probe - the UK’s longest running and leading independent magazine for all members of the dental team and home of the Dental Awards.

The Probe Dental Podcast features discussions that explore all areas of the British dental sector. Guests join us from all corners of the industry to provide their own unique perspectives on a wide range of topics, from manufacturers and figureheads of various dental organisations, to those in the trenches working in practice, and more.

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The official podcast from The Probe - the UK’s longest running and leading independent magazine for all members of the dental team and home of the Dental Awards.

The Probe Dental Podcast features discussions that explore all areas of the British dental sector. Guests join us from all corners of the industry to provide their own unique perspectives on a wide range of topics, from manufacturers and figureheads of various dental organisations, to those in the trenches working in practice, and more.

    The Probe Presents: The best of both worlds with ProTaper® Ultimate™

    The Probe Presents: The best of both worlds with ProTaper® Ultimate™

    In this latest Dentsply Sirona podcast, we talk to Dr Dave Edwards, Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University, Speciality Trainee in Endodontics and Associate Dentist in endo-focussed private practice.

    Dave uses ProTaper® Ultimate™ in his practice, the latest and most advanced ProTaper endodontic file system from Dentsply Sirona. He discusses its benefits and how it offers the best of both worlds in terms of simplicity and flexibility for more complex cases.

    For more information about ProTaper Ultimate and Dentsply
    Sirona’s full range of endodontic file systems, visit: https://www.dentsplysirona.com/en-gb/discover-by-topic/choose-your-endo-solution.html

    • 15 min
    The Probe Presents: NSK’s Ti-Max Z Series High Performance Turbines - A Review

    The Probe Presents: NSK’s Ti-Max Z Series High Performance Turbines - A Review

    Autumn 2023 saw the launch of NSK’s new high performance dental turbines - the Ti-Max Z990L and Z890L - designed to bring more power to dentists’ fingertips along with improved access, comfort and safety.

    The launch of a dental turbine is nothing new, so what makes the Z990L and Z890L more than ‘just another turbine’? The answers lie in a new NSK podcast where the turbines have been put through their paces by a group of highly accomplished clinicians who used the new turbines extensively in their practice for a number of weeks.

    The discussion

    In the podcast clinicians Moj Dehghanpour, Alex Jones, Andy Legg and Rustom Moopen speak openly and honestly about their experience of using the new turbines. 

    The highlights include:

    First impressions: the clinicians describe their individual initial reactions to the handpieces including the textured grip, improved speed and torque, better weight distribution and how comfortable the turbines are to use.

    Power: the Ti-Max Z990L can deliver between 30 and 44 W of power with the air pressure at 3 to 4.2 bar. Hear what this increased power means in daily practice in terms of speed, cutting ability and safety, because as Rustom Moopen explains “you can have a lot of power but you need to have control as well”.

    Feel: the exterior of the Z990L and Z890L is made of lightweight, high-strength titanium, with non-slip, non-scratch DURAGRIP coating. Did the clinicians notice any difference in feel or hand fatigue with the new turbines?

    Access: the Z890L turbine has a smaller head designed for better access in hard-to-reach areas. Hear first-hand how effective the resultant extra space can be when working at the back of the mouth, on patients with limited opening, and when working with a microscope.

    Quick-Stop: Patient safety is always paramount. Discover more about the benefits of the improved Quick-Stop function that halts the turbine’s high speed rotation in an instant and works to reduce suck-back to minimise cross infection.

    Professional recommendation: Find out if the Z990L and Z890L turbines met the clinicians’ expectations and whether they would recommend them to their colleagues.

    • 14 min
    From royal roots to oral health, with Kent Brushes CEO Steve Wright

    From royal roots to oral health, with Kent Brushes CEO Steve Wright

    Steve Wright, CEO of Kent Brushes (G.B. Kent & Sons) introduces us to the company's royal history as it launches into the oral health market with the launch of its SONIK range of toothbrushes and range of oral health products.

    For more info, visit https://kentbrushes.com/collections/kent-oral-care or contact Steve at sw@kentbrushes.com

    • 19 min
    The Probe Presents: Being the best I can be - Introducing posterior composite restorations with Céline Higton

    The Probe Presents: Being the best I can be - Introducing posterior composite restorations with Céline Higton

    Dr Céline Higton BDS Hons (KCL), member of the Bio-Emulation Group, is an internationally recognised expert in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. In this recently released GC UK video interview, Céline talks in depth about her four-step methodology for the placement of high quality and durable posterior composite restorations, using only the best techniques and materials.


    Céline explains how restorative dentistry has changed beyond recognition, especially in the last decade, in which there has been what she describes as a ‘seismic shift’ from mechanically retentive to chemically adhesive dentistry.

    For further information on GC’s full range of restorative products contact GC UK on 01908 218999, email info.uk@gc.dental or visit gc.dental/europe/en-GB

    • 39 min
    Christie & Co's Dental Market Review 2023 with Paul Graham

    Christie & Co's Dental Market Review 2023 with Paul Graham

    Christie & Co. Head of Dental, Paul Graham, returns to discuss the company's Dental Market Review 2023, which offers a panoramic view of the UK dental business sector, spotlighting important areas, including sector ownership structures, evolving market dynamics, current pricing patterns, an insightful operational review, and an assessment of the current appetite of banks to lend to the sector.

    Read the report at https://www.christie.com/news-resources/publications/dental-market-review-2023/

    • 22 min
    The Probe Presents: Implants, Education and NSK

    The Probe Presents: Implants, Education and NSK

    Dr Balaji is the principal dentist and owner of The Gallery Dental and Implant Centre in Buckingham and has placed over 5,000 dental implants since he opened the practice in 2008. He is also the founder of ASHA (the Academy of Soft and Hard Tissue Augmentation), running courses and lectures across the UK and Europe

    When I started The Gallery in 2008, the building was a complete shell and we had to start from scratch to establish a dental practice. In the first year, we had five employees and focused mainly on general dentistry.

    However, my aim was to grow the practice to include teaching and I have been fortunate to have travelled the world, learned different skills and been able to share my knowledge and passion for education, which in turn has helped me to develop my practice.

    All my skills came together when I developed an interest in implant dentistry. I had learned basic surgical skills early in my career and implant dentistry allows me to utilise these to change patients' smiles and often their lives.

    I’m now doing more and more complex cases and am building a reputation as a clinician who can solve implant failures. Currently, 30% of my work is regular implant placement, and 70% is complex cases, such as bone and soft tissue augmentation and rehabilitation. I place around 300 to 400 implants a year.

    The first thing I look for as a clinician is really good reliable equipment that will make my surgical life easier and won’t let me down. Secondly, it needs to be comfortable for the patient and thirdly I look for company support and service. I currently use the NSK Surgic Pro and VarioSurg3 because these tick all the boxes.

    The VarioSurg3 makes surgery highly predictable, it’s faster and therefore better for the patient and the success rate is excellent. The VarioSurg3 and Surgic Pro can be linked using a simple cable. They sit on top of each other which keeps everything really compact and neat, makes life simpler and only requires one foot pedal. With everything in one place it really cuts down my surgical time and a faster procedure also means reduced swelling and reduces the chance of post-operative complications, so in every sense, a more efficient procedure benefits everyone. NSK also gives me fantastic support, they service my equipment regularly, so I never need to postpone appointments due to equipment failure. I can really rely on them.

    I also use the iSD900 Prosthodontic Screwdriver on almost every case and this is a fantastic little tool. It’s an amazing instrument because it gives you great accessibility, in particular in the posterior maxilla and mandible. Trying to screw in manually with your fingers is very difficult, but with this screwdriver you simply pop the screw in and it becomes a single unit. The torque calibration system means you can prevent over or under torquing. It’s fantastic and again just makes life so much easier, it saves time and means I can carry out the procedure with confidence.

    I’m a great believer in ongoing education and am the founder of ASHA, the Academy of Soft and Hard Tissue Augmentation. We run courses and lectures on treating difficult implant cases and I often mentor dentists who have been on my course. I’ve run some of my ASHA courses at NSK’s Headquarters in Stevenage and NSK has been incredibly supportive, providing all the kit and equipment necessary.

    I’m very particular about the companies I work with and the equipment I use. NSK offers great support and a very high standard of equipment, both of which are fundamental, but they also invest time and money to educate dentists, which is something I’m passionate about so our relationship is built on a shared vision.

    Find out more about NSK’s range of surgical equipment at https://www.uk.nsk-dental.com/products/surgical/

    More about ASHA courses at https://www.ashaclub.co.uk/

    • 15 min

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