February 2015
Edinburgh Dental Specialists Newsletter
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ct scanner

Reports prepared by our Specialist Radiologists, Dr Neil Heath and Dr Donald Thomson


Online CT Request Form


For further information, email
Gemma Grant




Second opinion service available. Responses within 24 hours. 


We are very happy to provide this service free of charge and look forward to helping you in any way that we can.



Dental Implant and Ceramic Lab

We don't expect you to send us all of your work but for any complex case which requires the finest detail, why not give us a try.


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The Specialists

Neil Heath

Visiting Professor
Lars Sennerby

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Welcome to our February Newsletter,


2015 is our 21st year in business! It's a cliche to say it doesn't feel that long but it really doesn't. Another cliche is to say that the search for quality and improvement has no end, but it's true. Probably more important is that if we do not strive to continue improving we will provide less of a service. It is my view that status quo really isn't an option. "Get better or get worse" - our goal is to keep getting better for the benefit of you and your patients. If there is anything more we can do to help you or to make the referral process easier then please let us know.


It's an exciting time this month as Bob Philpott starts his endodontic sessions with us this week (for any direct questions to Bob email or )


Another addition is the introduction of an on site Physio service; Richard Worral will be running his Physio clinic from the practice twice a week from the middle of February (more below).


Last week saw Ashley Latter training over 30 dentists and team members in Edinburgh.  A course which we were pleased to host for a third occasion. Communication skills really are the missing link in providing great dental care, it was fascinating to see people suddenly "get it" and appreciate the immediate impact that it would have on their practices.

Ashley used to work for the Dale Carnegie group. If you've not read them already I would recommend both of Carnegies books: "how to win friends and influence people" and "how to stop worrying and start living". Amazingly these were written in the 30's but read as if they were written yesterday. Human behaviour remains the same.

"How to stop worrying and start living" looks at the negative impact worrying creates and provides a number of techniques to distress your life. One of these techniques is keep busy and live in the "now".


So here's to a busy 2015!


All the best,



Have you used our oral surgery referral service yet?



At EDS we strive to offer solutions to the many problems or difficulties general dental practitioners encounter on a daily basis. This may vary from long term restorative or periodontal planning to acute surgical complications such as crown fracture during exodontia and difficult surgical extractions. We can advise on the management of third molars and assist with intraoral pre-orthodontic surgery including impacted canines, removal of retained roots and tooth exposures. We can diagnose and treat soft and hard tissue pathology such as periapical granulomas, polyps and cysts in conjunction with a histopathology report as necessary. Treatment may be administered under intravenous conscious sedation performed by our highly experienced Dental Sedationist, Dr Ainsworth

We provide this comprehensive Oral Surgery service within a few days of receiving your referral. This allows you to obtain a Specialist Oral Surgery or Maxillofacial opinion, combined with cone beam CT scan and radiology report when required, and surgical treatment in a highly time efficient manner. This facility allows your patient to become pain free as soon as possible, minimising time off work and disruption to their lives and permitting continuation with any further dental treatment at the earliest opportunity. 


Please do get in touch with us if you feel our Oral Surgeons may be of help to you and your patients. 



Physiotherapy Clinic



Richard Worrall a Chartered Physiotherapist will be running his clinic from EDS, starting at the end of February.  His main interest is musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and he will be providing his patients with the skilled assessment and effective treatment of complex back, neck, sports injuries and all other common painful problems. As well as delivering a service to the general public, Edinburgh Dental Specialists are welcoming Richard as a member of its multidisciplinary team, providing a physiotherapy option for patients with Temporomandibular disorders. In addition to acute injuries he offers sports massage therapy for the prevention of postural dysfunction and pain, (something our own dental practitioners and surgeons will be seeking help with).

He offers a range of treatment options including massage, manipulation, exercise advice, acupuncture and dry needling techniques. 


For further information please call 0131 235 2354

ADI Specialist Panel Study Club

Don't miss the first ADI Specialist Panel Study club this week, Thursday 5th February 2015, at a new venue in Glasgow!

Kevin has been asked to present, along side Charlie Maran, Paul Stone and Alastair MacDonald on:

When to Save a tooth or When you should Throw in the Towel


This is a study club not to be missed...more information and booking available ADI website


Don't forget, save �5 by booking online and ADI DCP members can attend for free!





Post Graduate Courses 2015
As usual, we will host a a selection of Post Graduate Courses in the practice. We would be delighted if you would join us. 
Dates and subjects are as follows:-


Introduction To Restoring Dental Implants

Tuesday 17th February 2015 6pm to 8pm

If you are interested in restoring implants, or would just like to know more about the course, then why not attend our introduction to Restoring Implants Evening. The evening is a introduction to the Restoring Dental Implants Course which starts on the 24th March.



Restoring Dental Implants Course with Nobel Biocare

Run over three evenings, provides you with a full Nobel Biocare Restorative kit and, most importantly long term restorative mentoring from one of the most experienced teams in the country.

Tuesday 24th March 2015 - 6pm to 8.30pm

Tuesday 28th April 2015 - 6pm to 8.30pm

Tuesday 12th May 2015 - 6pm to 8.30pm

(The Fee for this course is �495 which incudes the Nobel Biocare Restorative Kit and refreshments)


Occlusion in General Dentistry - Dr Kevin Lochhead

The occlusion course will run over 2 full days and provide you with 14 hours Verifiable CPD.

Friday 17th April 2015 - 9am to 5pm

Friday 22nd May 2015 - 9am to 5pm

(the Fee for this course is �675 and with include lunch and refreshments on both days)

Occlusion Course more Information  


Round Tables


The Round Table Evenings are free and will gain you 90 minutes of verifiable CPD 


Periodontics Update with Dr Penny Hodge 

Tuesday 24th February 2015 6.30pm to 8pm


Dental Protection With Helen Kaney -

Core CPD

Tuesday 17th March 2015 6.30pm to 8pm


CBCT & ICat Vision Review with David Balchin -

Core CPD

Tuesday 9th June 2015 6.30pm to 8pm


Complete & Partial Removable Dentures with Dr Kevin Lochhead

Tuesday 16th June 2015 6.30pm to 8pm


If you are interested in attending any of these, or there are any courses you would like us to run, please email Gemma.