Straumann Charity Bike Ride 2018

24 July 2018 Categories: Straumann Charity Bike Ride 2018

Straumann Charity Bike Ride 2018

As a keen cyclist I’ve always wanted to enter a multi-day, long distance event but never really had the chance until now. With thanks to Straumann UK, the organisers of the 500 Miles in 5 Days Bike Ride beginning in Lake Garda and finishing in Rome. Taking place from the 19th-23rd of September 2018- I will be one of the 70 plus riders who are all raising money for the Mouth Cancer Foundation. Starumann’s Charity Bike Ride is now in its fourth season and is bigger than ever.

100% of the donations go to the Mouth Cancer Foundation

Having previously raised £150,000, this year their chosen charity is the ‘Mouth Cancer Foundation’ which is relevant to me as a good friend of mine diagnosed a close friend of theirs with early stage mouth cancer, which was caught in time and removed enabling their friend to make a full recovery. Your sponsorship of my forthcoming epic ride will make the 30,000 feet of climbing and training over the summer all worth it- as well as supporting a great charity.
Please donate here

The SmartGuideSystem

14 July 2018 Categories: Uncategorized

What is the Smart Guide System (SGS)? 

Download the manual here:

SmartGuidSystems PDF

The SGS consists of a digitally planned and designed, 3D printed, implant surgical guide complete with a CADCAM, PMMA multilayer shaded, screw-retained provisional crown or healing abutment.

Why use the Smart Guide System?

The SGS can save you time by reducing the appointments needed when restoring with implants, as you can place a provisional on the day of surgery. Using SGS will help condition the tissue around the implant site into an ideal gingival shape for the definitive restoration.

How does it work?

  1. You send the patient for a CT scan, STL, or impression.
  2. Send the information into Ambridge Ceramics. Call us now and we will collect.
  3. We will design both the surgical guide and the screw-retained restoration.
  4. You check and adjust the design on Blue Sky Plan (we’ll show you how).
  5. Five days later you have a guide and restoration and/or healing abutment to fit on the day of surgery.
  • Blue Sky Plan is treatment planning software for computer-guided surgery, developed and distributed by Blue Sky Bio. Ambridge Ceramics is the only UK authorised laboratory or the production of guides through Blue Sky Plan.

We’re Hiring-Vacancy for a Highly Skilled Ceramist

5 July 2018 Categories: Job Vacancy

Are you looking to further your dental technology career working with an award-winning dental laboratory?

Based in North Yorkshire, Ambridge Ceramics is an Award-Winning Dental Laboratory set in beautiful parkland boasting its own tennis court. Established for 32 years, Ambridge Ceramics is a digital laboratory with a strong focus on high quality traditional laboratory techniques promoting a collaborative approach between the two departments.

Are you hungry to use Digital Design Platforms?

As the most technically advanced dental laboratory in the north, we are looking for a highly skilled ceramist to join our passionate and busy team with a strong desire to further their career in dental technology. Applicants should be able to demonstrate exceptional skills in all areas of ceramics and composites, possess a good working knowledge of aesthetics and occlusion and wish to advance their learning through educational courses.

Are you fed up with working in a hot, small room with no personal space?

Working in a modern, clean and spacious laboratory, this is a fantastic opportunity to be working with some of the country’s top implant and aesthetic dental surgeons which has led us to be awarded “Implant Multiple Winner” (2018 Aesthetic Dentistry Awards), “Best Private Dental Laboratory” (2016 Lab Awards), and “2013 Aesthetic Dentistry Awards Winner”.

For the right candidate, we offer an attractive package.

If you believe this is the right role for you, apply now by emailing your CV to:

A photo portfolio is desirable but not essential on application.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Introducing Week 1 of our Tips from the Techs to help dentists in their every day work

29 March 2018 Categories: Tips from the Techs

 Our first is by Lee Nichols, one of our Dental Technicians

How to get more accuracy with your impression taking for dental implants:

Always block out/ fill the screw access hole on custom or stock implant abutments prior to taking a digital or conventional impression. This provides an impression that can be printed or cast with more accuracy, predictability and success. This is why at Ambridge Ceramics we always supply an implant abutment with a temporary crown or bridge AND a metal coping or bridge frame for picking up in an impression, This helps to avoid inaccuracies in abutment replication when taking the impression.  Give it a try.

Spotlight on Ollie Ambridge

20 March 2018 Categories: Spotlight

Ollie studied to become an RDT at Leeds Dental Institute graduating in 2015.  Currently the services Ambridge Ceramics provides are 50% digital and 50% analogue. Within 10 years, Oliver sees this changing to 90% digital and only 10% analogue because of the benefits it brings to both patient and dentist in terms of the final aesthetics, fit and speed of turn around.

Moving to wards the digital workflow

Oliver says, ‘‘the team at Ambridge Ceramics are highly skilled traditional technicians first, but we’ve branched out to the digital work flow by continually going on training courses and working closely with the leading digital lab companies’’. He goes on to say that ‘’3D milling will continue to grow and will require the team to be highly skilled in digital software to ensure our dentists patients get something that is fully functional, aesthetic and achievable’’.

Supporting dentists in their move towards digital

In terms of the future, Oliver wants to continue to help the market switch over to the digital workflow by supporting dentists in individual patient cases and continually to educate them in the changes in the market and ways of working. He understand that this is a real challenge for busy dentists, so wants to make it easier for them to learn through online courses and lectures Ambridge Ceramics put on.

How using a fully digital workflow helps to deliver predictable results, superior aesthetics and delighted patients [Part 1]

14 December 2017 Categories: Digital workflow Tagged with: , , , ,

Our client Sinead McEnhill BDS MSc (Imp Dent) MFGDP ADV DIP IMP DENT RCS (ENG) and director of Belmore Dental Implant Clinic had a 64-year-old patient who was having difficulty wearing his dentures and finding eating and speech a particular problem as his dentures were constantly moving. Also as he was due to retire, he wanted to do something to secure his future quality of life and felt strongly that his smile was something he should be more confident with.

This patient had 12 teeth remaining, all in various states of active decay. All teeth were asymptomatic, but he was embarrassed that his smile was ugly, his dentures were moving on chewing, and his ability to function and speak were greatly diminished.

His main hope at consultation was that it wasn’t too late to have implants placed and that his years of neglect wouldn’t have undermined his chances of being a suitable candidate. Using the digital workflow helped speed up the ability to get the go ahead with the treatment as the dentist and patient worked virtually with the dental lab.

The use of mainstream, everyday digital technology in treatment planning

Smartphones can be used as part of treatment planning as long as digital smile design protocol is followed. Photos of a retracted smile, full facial smile and in this case videos, are useful to a digital laboratory technician to capture important information such as dynamic smile and accurately chart the lips, smile, tooth position, buccal corridors in association with the eyes and the midline of the face. (DSD or presentation software can be used or 3Shape if you aren’t doing the full DSD protocol) DSLR images were also taken.

How Digital Smile Design helps dentists show their patients how they will look after treatment

DSLR images, CBCT and intraoral scans at this point can be sent to your digital laboratory, in this case Ambridge Ceramics. To help the dentist show both graphically and aesthetically how their patient could look post-treatment, we designed a new, highly aesthetic and achievable smile using the digital smile design principles and proportions. This is then sent back to our client via WeTransfer securely in a presentation format of choice. Our clients can then show their patients the presentation of how they could look post-treatment which really helps in treatment uptake.

In this case, and with the help of the key visuals from the digital smile design, it was decided to go with the ‘teeth in a day’ protocol – the first in the UK to be completed with Camlogs’ Conelog Implants.

How the different digital technologies are layered to provide precision and aesthetics

To allow for implant planning both CBCT and intraoral STL. scans were taken and transferred to the lab to show the upper and lower hard and soft tissues. These different files allow us as a digital laboratory to build a multi-layered picture of the patient as they present before surgery enabling us to plan the best treatment outcome possible.
This is done through:

  1. Photos and videos of the patient as they present before surgery.
  2. Obtaining information of the underlying bone and of the existing teeth in the maxilla and mandible through CBCT (3D X-ray)
  3. An STL scan of the mouth or an existing model is taken to show current hard and soft tissues.
  4. Images of how the patient will look post surgery created using Digital Smile Design protocol (DSD)
  5. This helps the implant dentist and laboratory determine the ideal placement of the implants

With this information we then planned the optimum implant fixture placement from a purely aesthetic point of view, while at the same time collaborated with the dentist to choose the ideal osteomy/implant placement sites. With all this agreed, we then have all the information required for the planning, virtual extractions, designing and printing of the implant surgical guides.

The Increasing Popularity of Dental Implants

11 September 2017 Categories: Dental Implants Tagged with:

As a dentist, you’re sure to know that there are trends in regards to which dental procedures are popular; these are often linked to what the top of the range treatment is at the time and the possible outcome for the patient. There’s always been a focus on achieving the perfect smile and having great teeth but in recent years this has become more evident than ever, causing many individuals to really consider which dental treatment will leave them with the very best smile. For many, the answer is dental implants ; click this link to use this information to give to your patients about their benefits.

Why Are Dental Implants The Gold Standard For Missing Teeth?

Dentures to replace missing teeth is a common procedure that many dentists discuss as the first option for missing teeth. However, the gold standard for reaplacing mssing teeth is dental implants which is the best long-term solution as high lighted by the Oral Health Foundation. Imagine you were talking to a member of your family – would you offer an impant retained denture first or a removable denture? When talking with your patients, offer them the best solution first explaining they are a fixed, long-term solution that look just like their natural teeth. No longer will they have to worry about covering their mouth when they smile, chewing whislt eating or removing them at night time. Their life will literally change for the better giving them the confidence they’ve always wanted.

Dental implants are created using strong, durable and resilient materials and this makes them a long-lasting solution. Plus, they look real and it’s hard to distinguish between real teeth and those that are implants; this wasn’t always the case.

Dental Implant Technology

The technology available to dentists now is impressive and it’s easier than ever to provide patients with the very best in professional dental care; this extends from offering quick and easy check ups to high quality dental implants. Technology allows you, as a dentist, to work together with a patient to create the ideal smile and both of you are able to give an input into what you feel looks best.

At Ambridge Ceramics we have a many years of experience in working with dental implants and we work with many different dentists, helping them to provide the highest quality of dental care to their patients. As we work across all platforms and manufacturers, our services are vast and we can work on the most complex of cases. For us, it’s about finding an effective solution in a cost effective way. Get in touch today on 01765 607 347 or online to find out more.


What Is Digital Smile Design (DSD)?

25 August 2017 Categories: Uncategorized Tagged with: ,

Digital Smile Design is the latest in technological advances for the dental industry and it’s already helping dentists around the world to provide their patients with an extra level of care, confidence and professionalism when disucssing complex treatment plans such as Smile Make Overs with their patients.

Digital Smile Design – also known simply as DSD – involves a series of digital photographs taken of a patient’s teeth, face and smile then uses them to highlight the potential results a treatment can have. By using a patient’s very own teeth, smile, gums and lips, DSD helps dentists to achieve lifelike results. DSD takes into account a patient’s specific features to determine the aesthetic changes possible. These high quality images allow dentists and dental professionals to make changes visually to show to others when designing a smile or treatment. Not only does this highlight to a patient the potential changes that could be made, but it’s a great assistance tool for dentists who are keen to ensure they provide the most natural looking improvement they can.


The Benefits of DSD for Dentists and Dental Practices

One of DSD’s top benefits is the way that it connects with patients, allowing them to easily see what the end result of a treatment or procedure will look like. This is one of the best ways to boost confidence and it puts their minds at ease; It’s nerve wracking to have a big change cosmetically, but DSD images give a clear representation of what type of smile they can expect. However, some of the biggest benefits of using DSD are actually experienced by dentists themselves. For example:

  • DSD Helps Dentists and Dental Technicians to Create a Visual Reference for Patients

When it comes to giving patients their new teeth and smile, it’s easy for dentists to imagine the end result. After all, with years of experience and an expert eye, dentists are able to asses a set of teeth and imagine how they will look after undergoing a specific treatment. However, this isn’t always the case for patients. After having the same set of teeth for many years, it can be a struggle for patients to picture what their mouth and smile will look like once they have undergone treatment. This is where DSD comes in. Dentists can use DSD as a point of reference.

  • DSD Helps Dentists to Explain Treatments and Procedures

DSD helps dentists to explain how a certain treatment will look once it has been completed to patients. It provides a digital image that clearly shows the type of results they can expect. Not only does this help an individual to know what changes will be made, but it’s a great way to create excitement in those who have been looking forward to improved teeth for many years.

  • DSD Allows Dentists and the laboratory to Work Together with Patients

Another way that DSD can benefit an individual dentist or an entire dental practice is through its ability to help dental professionals and patients to work together to create the perfect smile. It can be difficult for a patient to clearly convey what they’re looking to achieve, in the same way it can be difficult for a dentist to express the different treatment options. DSD solves this by allowing a patient to be the co-designer of their treatment. Dental professionals and patients can work together to create a desired look; this could be through sharing expectations and realistic goals.

Digital Smile Design: Find Out More

Digital Smile Design is already proving to be an effective tool for dentists and it’s a prime example of how technology can go a long way towards improving the quality of dentist care available. To find out more about DSD, how it works and the benefits it has for dentists around the world get in touch. Contact Ambridge Ceramics today on 01765 607347 or online.







Dental Veneers explained

21 February 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

Everyone knows a smile is one of the most important elements of human face and with a smile, teeth, play the key role. Whether you have problems with your teeth or you simply strive for the perfect smile how do you know what your options are. So where do you start, there are a myriad of different treatments in today’s market all promising to present teeth in desired shape, colour and position. It’s not to understand the differences between them and which procedure is right for you. We recommend you speak with your Dentist, they will take into consideration the condition of your teeth, your desired result and the treatments available to you.

One popular treatments undergone by people around the world is dental veneers. As terminology can be alien and confusing it is not always clear what each treatment entails. In this article you can learn more about this procedure.

Dental Veneers:
Dental veneer is made using a porcelain or composite material and gives a treatment much more around the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, many view this procedure as a “smile makeover”. Imagine a veneer as a cover or shell for damaged teeth. Veneers were developed to improve the visual appearance of teeth or to save existing damaged teeth from further deterioration, however in recent years veneers have been placed over healthy teeth, which is not recommended due to the procedure. If you have small gaps or problems with tooth enamel or issues with your teeth surfaces then veneers are a good solution. It is important that if you are considering Dental veneer treatment it can be expensive but as if not more important it is irreversible as the teeth underneath the veneer is permanently altered to allow the veneers to be fit. On the other hand dental veneer treatment involves fewer sittings with dentist. Some of the major benefits of dental veneers are:

  • Less time in the Dentist chair and fewer visits
  • There is less preparation as it doesn’t involve high amounts of tooth reduction during the procedure.
  • Dental veneers are great option for people with fragmented teeth, rough teeth positioning and teeth with cracks.
  • Dental veneers can be matched to the appropriate shade to match skin tone and eye whites as they are available in different shades. As they are a complete covering of top/bottom teeth you can choose a lighter shade than your natural teeth if you so wish.

Although veneers are extremely wearable and generally secure they are non-repairable and some reports show that they can cause your existing teeth to become sensitive to hot and cold food. There are even chances for dental veneers to become loose, while in the case of dental implants they make a permanent immovable solution to teeth problems. Dental implant and Dental veneer procedures are meant for different purposes but looking at their usability and reliability, Dental implants are a better solution, both however are irreversible (although they can both be replaced) so need careful consideration and consultation with your Dentist.

Before and after results vary, here is an example of work provided by Ambridge Ceramics.

 Before                                         After


For more information or to find out which Dentists we provide services to, please contact us on: or call 01765 607347

Dental implants

21 February 2017 Categories: Uncategorized

Everyone knows a smile is one of the most important elements of human face and with a smile, teeth, play the key role. Whether you have problems with your teeth or you simply strive for the perfect smile how do you know what your options are. So where do you start, there are a myriad of different treatments in today’s market all promising to present teeth in desired shape, colour and position. It’s not to understand the differences between them and which procedure is right for you. We recommend you speak with your Dentist, they will take into consideration the condition of your teeth, your desired result and the treatments available to you.

One popular treatments undergone by people around the world are dental implants. As terminology can be alien and confusing it is not always clear what each treatment entails. In this article let us discuss the procedure so you can understand what it is and what it entails.

Dental Implants:
Dental implants are usually made of titanium material, these are the closest replacement for a missing natural tooth. Generally an implant would be the right solution in cases where a patient has overall good dental health but due to an accident, decay, root canal problems or trauma has resulted in the loss of a tooth or teeth. The process of implants can be lengthy, treatment comprises generally of two stages one in which root form (often called an abutment) is placed in the jaw by doing some minor surgery and the next stage is where an artificial tooth or teeth is placed on the new root form. The treatment might take many sittings and many hours with your dentist. Continued oral hygiene is still required and still of major importance Implants are extremely popular due to the major benefits:

  • Unlike previously traditional “dentures” having a dental implant is fixed in the jaw in a way that it functions just like a normal tooth. They can be undertaken for single tooth or multiple teeth and the results are often unnoticeably different from the natural teeth.
  • Dental implants are fixed in the jaw which helps to keep bones intact and thereby jaw bones healthier and less chance of becoming shrunken and disappearing over a period of time.
  • The way in which Dental implants are fixed they can share the load across adjoining teeth therefore avoiding wear and tear to teeth on either side of the implant/s.
  • As Dental implants are a permanent fixed solution for missing teeth, they relieve the patient from pains of removing, cleaning and maintaining the health of removable dentures.
  • Dental implants take away the everyday worry of loose removable Dentures and the security of available fixing agents
  • Dental implants support other dental prostheses together with bridges, dentures and crowns.

For more information or to find out which Dentists we provide services to, please contact us on: or call 01765 607347