As registered members of the New Zealand Dental Council, Ryan Carlton and his fellow technicians at Dentures Plus in Innes Road are required to undertake verified training at various courses every year to upskill and keep abreast of new developments in the industry.
“For example, our technicians Thomas Gu and Nicole Yee will be attending a two day course later this year on the fitting of first-time dentures”, Ryan says.
In addition, Nicole has recently spent four weeks in India as part of a course she is undertaking on maxilo facial work, which deals with artificial eyes, ears and noses.
“This is a service we may potentially offer in the future”. Ryan says.
Ryan himself has recently returned from the International Dental Show which was held in Cologne, Germany.
“It’s the largest trade show in the world for the industry, with manufacturers and suppliers from all over the world showcasing their products. There were over 2300 stands- it really was eye-opening”.
Ryan says he was particularly interested in how digital technology is being incorporated into dentistry, for example 3D printing being used at different stages of denture manufacture such as crown and bridge.
“It’s still in the very early stages, and it needs more development but that’s where it’s heading” Ryan says.
He believes that in the future, people that make and fit dentures will be seen as architects rather than technicians, with patients being able to download the pattern for their dentures the architect designed on computer and print them on a 3D machine.
In the meantime, his emphasis the importance of keeping dentures clean. Dentures Plus offers a full range of denture cleaning products including dentures cleaners, brushes and denture baths for soaking dentures.
Ryan particularly recommends Caldent denture cleaner, as it is non-abrasive and effectively removes stains, calculus and plaque.
“It works wonders “he says “Years of stains and plaque can be removed with this product”
It can be purchased through the Dentures Plus website.