This article was first published June 2016
Alina Sheikh, Principal Dentist at Enhance Dental Care, East Kilbride, Scotland discusses her philosophy around the dental care she and her team provides.
I graduated from the University of Glasgow and I am currently a tutor for the Diploma in Implant Dentistry with the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners, affiliated with the Royal College of Surgeons England, with a view to furthering my education with a Masters degree in the future. I very much enjoy all aspects of dentistry and we offer a wide range of treatments including dental implants, endodontics, restorative treatments and adult orthodontics.
Our approach to our mixed NHS and private patient base is to provide inclusive and consultative treatments to achieve the best dental health possible. Many of our patients are young professionals who are progressing their careers so excellent oral health and appearance are of great importance to them and we’re here to help them look their best, and keep them that way.
We are also very keen that we use equipment that enhances our patient experience, which is why I use a range of NSK handpieces, and in particular the NSK Z900L air turbine and the Z95L speed increasing handpiece. The LED optics are exceptional and the Z900L combined with Z95L take my restorative work to a new level as it delivers a powerful and responsive performance and best of all, they are unbelievably quiet, which my patients love. I would definitely find it difficult to work without them!
Trusting your equipment
I place and restore dental implants on a regular basis, as many of my patients prefer an implant to a bridge. We also have a couple of clinicians who visit the practice to help with more complex cases as needed. When it comes to complex treatments, like implant placement or successful endodontic treatments, it is vital to use equipment that you trust. We have the NSK SurgicPro in the practice and this is used routinely for the placement of dental implants. The SurgicPro is an excellent piece of equipment that offers a wide range of speeds and torque settings allowing it to be used with any implant system. The power and accuracy of the SurgicPro is exceptional, and as the real time performance is displayed on the large LCD screen, is very easy to use.
When it comes to endo treatments I think we all need a little bit of help! I use an NSK apex locator, the iPex ll which uses SmartLogic technology to provide superior accuracy in detecting the apex of the root and provides a clear, accurate image of the file tip location on its LCD panel, which is absolutely invaluable.
Ultimately, patients want to go home with a sparkling smile and to achieve this we use the NSK Prophy-Mate neo air polishing system. The Prophy-Mate neo is ergonomic and easy to use, making routine cleaning and polishing procedures a pleasure to deliver as it quickly and safely removes stains, plaque and calculus to give sparkling results every time which our patients love!
I am very happy with all the NSK equipment I have and would highly recommend it to other clinicians. Angela Glasgow, NSK Territory Manager for Scotland, has provided us with ‘cracking’ service over the past few years and she is very knowledgeable and helpful. We have on a couple of occasions needed to have kit serviced via NSK and the turnaround times have been exceptional.
Alina Sheikh BDS MJDF DIPIMPDENT RCS(Eng) Adv. Cert.
Principal Dentist at Enhance Dental Care
East Kilbride Scotland
NSK UK – Create It!
As one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of dental handpieces and small equipment, NSK understand the dedication and commitment required to be a successful dental professional. Some of the highlights of NSKs extensive product range include the Ti-Max Z air turbine series, offering one the most powerful air turbines available to dental professionals, the Z900L, with a sensational 26W* power output. Also popular is the NSK’s Ti-Max Z95L contra-angle, powered by an electric micromotor. The 1:5 gearing ratio means that the 40,000RPM produced by the motor produces 200,000RPM from the handpiece to deliver incredible torque and precision in all restorative procedures.
NSK offer an extensive range of oral hygiene equipment including Varios ultrasonic devices and Prophy-Mate neo air-driven tooth polishing system. Complete with an extensive range of over 70 tips, NSK’s Varios ultrasonic devices are the ideal choice to treat a variety of conditions including perio, endo and scaling or minimal intervention techniques, whilst NSK’s Prophy-Mate neo air-driven tooth polishing system makes cleaning and polishing procedures easier and more effective.
*Only Z900L. Power output measured by NSK internal research department.