Traditionally, you do not get to meet the technician making your new dentures. You visit a dental surgery for the clinical part of the treatment and the work is sent off to a dental laboratory. The advantages of using a Clinical Dental Technician are:
After 20 years of working in various dental laboratories in the South East of England, Ben Brookshaw set up his own practice in Chepstow in 2006.
In 2015, Ben was awarded the Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology from the Royal College of Surgeons and, with the help of his wife Pamela, expanded the laboratory into a high street clinic. More recently, a domiciliary service has been introduced for those with mobility or other issues ... home visits are available every Wednedsay.
In 2018, dental technician Dan Price, who obtained a First Class Bachelor of Science honours degree in Dental Technology from Cardiff Metropolitan University in June of that same year, joined us as a full-time member of our team. Dan is a fluent welsh speaker which allows our services to be offered through the medium of welsh language if required. More recently, we have been joined by trainee graduate technician, Yasmin Hassine, and the lovely Jess on reception.
The clinic has won awards five years in a row. "We are delighted to announce that Ben Brookshaw Denture Clinic has been awarded the BACDT Member of the Year award. This award recognises the BACDT member that has set an example to other members on how to conduct themselves on a daily basis, both as a registered professional with the General Dental Council and as a BACDT member honouring the principles and charter of the association,” British Association of Clinical Dental Technology (BACDT), May 2017. The clinic was also a highly-commended runner up in the ‘Extra Mile Award’ and went on to win the Award in 2018 and again in 2021, in recognition of the extra mile that it goes to ensure patients have the best service possible. In addition, the clinic picked up the 'Most Welcoming Clinic' in 2018 and again in 2019.
Ben and Dan continue professional development in keeping with General Dental Council (GDC) requirements and undertake at least 30 hours further training each year. In addition, Ben has advanced his skills and knowledge by attending courses on Biofunctional Prosthetic System (BPS), the lastest approach in impression taking which allows for more accurate denture form and better denture suction. This is particularly valuable in complex cases where the patient has limited denture supporting gums. To ensure his customers obtain the best possible care, he participates in annual medical emergencies training, cross infection control training and oral health training.