In­te­rior de­sign for the mouth

High Tech dentures cre­ated lo­cally for im­proved aes­thet­ics and con­fi­dence.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotary Corner -

Lo­cal den­tal crafts­man Karl Brown has re­cently re­turned from the World Den­tal Arts Cham­pi­onship in Utah, USA, where he reached the semi-fi­nals of the den­ture com­pe­ti­tion, fac­ing stiff op­po­si­tion from some of the best tech­ni­cians around the world. The trip also in­volved at­tend­ing a three day sym­po­sium to learn about some of the most up to date tech­niques avail­able for den­tal tech­nol­ogy. Karl is a lo­cally op­er­at­ing Clin­i­cal Den­tal Tech­ni­cian (CDT) with over 36 years of den­ture mak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and is cur­rently work­ing pri­mar­ily from a small clinic that was in­te­grated into his long serv­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Peter­bor­ough around six years ago. He qual­i­fied as a Den­tal Tech­ni­cian in 1983 after a com­pre­hen­sive train­ing pro­gramme at The Royal Den­tal Hos­pi­tal Of Lon­don, then con­tin­ued with fur­ther train­ing and was awarded the hos­pi­tal’s own Diploma in Den­tal Tech­nol­ogy. He then spent time work­ing in a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent style com­mer­cial en­vi­ron­ments in the greater Lon­don area be­fore con­tin­u­ing his ca­reer in Peter­bor­ough. He has con­tin­ued with his den­tal ed­u­ca­tion through at­tend­ing lec­tures, con­fer­ences, study clubs, and prac­ti­cal cour­ses ever since com­plet­ing his ini­tial train­ing, and reg­u­larly trav­els through­out the UK, Europe, and USA to update his knowl­edge and prac­ti­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties. He has been in­vest­ing much of his time in re­cent years on de­vel­op­ing his skills and knowl­edge in im­plant tech­nol­ogy to meet the de­mands of this growth area in den­tistry. He works here in Peter­bor­ough with an­other reg­is­tered CDT, Me­lanie Griggs. She was trained as a Tech­ni­cian un­der Karl’s guid­ance after many years of work­ing along­side spe­cial­ist den­tists as a den­tal surgery as­sis­tant. She achieved dis­tinc­tion level in her col­lege stud­ies, and after com­plet­ing her tech­ni­cal ap­pren­tice­ship she pro­gressed though sev­eral years of fur­ther train­ing and qual­i­fied asa CDT in 2015. Both clin­i­cians are con­tin­u­ally up­dat­ing their knowl­edge and skills, and at­tend all rel­e­vant cour­ses to be able to give the best of their abil­ity for their pa­tients, who are now trav­el­ling from dis­tances a hun­dred miles or more away The lab­o­ra­tory has been serv­ing the com­plex den­ture re­quire­ments of den­tal prac­tices through­out the UK for over seven­teen years, and is now able to help lo­cal den­ture wear­ers thanks to re­cent changes in reg­u­la­tion for den­tistry whereby suit­ably trained and qual­i­fied CDT’s can treat pa­tients di­rectly. The law states that pa­tients with some of their own nat­u­ral teeth or im­plants will to need to have a check-up with a den­tist to ver­ify their den­tal health and suit­abil­ity for dentures, and then re­turn to the den­ture clinic for the fab­ri­ca­tion of their new smiles after. The Gen­eral Den­tal Coun­cil (GDC, reg­u­la­tor for den­tistry) has a set of pro­fes­sional Stan­dards that will guide all Den­tal pro­fes­sion­als in how to help their pa­tients re­ceive the best pos­si­ble care, to en­sure that op­tions are pro­vided, and to re­spect pa­tient choices with re­gard to all as­pects of their treat­ment.

Karl (right) with fel­low com­peti­tor Dan El­fring MDT, Mas­ter Den­tal Tech­ni­cian from Col­orado, and USA Tech­ni­cian of the year 2015.

for the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive their hand­crafted dentures.

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