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Investing in technology to support a growing dental practice

Dr Chris Navarro moved to Beeston Dental Practice in 2005 to join his father as an associate, but took over the reigns as principal of the practice just a few years later in 2009. Having been a foundation dentist trainer since 2009, Chris has a keen interest in dental implants, restorations and clinical education.

I decided to refurbish Beeston Dental Practice for several reasons. Firstly, I wanted to create a grand entrance to the building and introduce more light and space in the reception. Secondly, I was keen to support the private conversion of an associate dentist and invest in new technology that could facilitate our growing dental implant business.

We sourced a Planmeca ProMax® 3D Classic CBCT machine and a Planmeca Emerald™ intraoral scanner from Planmeca, who was very helpful before and after the renovation was completed. I chose the Planmeca ProMax 3D Classic based on the fact that it offers Planmeca’s proprietary Planmeca Ultra Low Dose™ imaging protocol. This facilitates 3D imaging at an even lower patient radiation dose than standard 2D panoramic imaging, which is an important factor in the treatment of patients at my practice. The Planmeca ProMax 3D Classic produces good quality diagnostic images even with a low radiation dose, and I also like Planmeca Romexis®, the open source software platform of this CBCT machine.

Planmeca provided a lot of useful advice and support in relation to using the equipment I invested in, collaborating not only with myself but my whole practice team. My treatment co-ordinators were trained by Planmeca on how to use the Planmeca Emerald intraoral scanner. Even now, after project completion, Planmeca is still helping me develop the technology within my practice.

I am now very pleased to be using the latest techniques and technology to deliver safe, prosthetically-driven dental treatment.

Now that the renovation work is complete, our dental implant business is growing, and the private conversion of an associate dentist has gone very well. I am genuinely proud to be working in a lovely practice environment with fantastic equipment and technology that benefits both patients and staff.

If you are a dentist considering a similar project, I would advise you to work with people and companies you trust. You have got to be organised and plan to the nth degree to ensure a successful end result.

Copy: Erica Kilburn


  • Innovations, inventions


  • digital dentistry
  • software
  • cad/cam
  • imaging

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