A Brand Sparkling New Lab Posted on November 21, 2012

In October 2012 Sparkle invested in a new lab situated in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Due to early success Sparkle quickly outgrew their current premisses and will relocate on Monday 26th November 2012. The new Lab brings countless exciting opportunities to both the industry and the employees of Sparkle as it boasts a Training room, canteen and enough work stations to house up to 50 technicians in both Ceramic and  Prosthetics. The new larger premisses has created 16 new jobs in the Leeds area in specialist fields such as modelling, admin and processing.
Click here to view the blue prints for the new premises.
The new premises started life as an empty warehouse. See the transformation below:-

British Dental Conference and Exhibition 2013 Posted on March 3, 2013

Sparkle Dental Labs attended our first trade show at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition this year and with over 4500 dental professionals attending it was great to share our vision of reigniting interest in British dental labs by creating high quality bridges, crowns and implants at affordable prices with a customer service that guarantees complete satisfaction. Members of the Sparkle Dental Labs team were on hand to answer any questions that delegates had and exhibit some of the remarkable products that they create.

Choose the right Dental Laboratory for Implantology Posted on August 19, 2013

Implantology is an exacting and delicate procedure that takes a whole team of talent to execute well, and dentists have to be discerning in choosing the lab they want to work with when it comes to implants.
Sparkle Dental Labs believes it can be the perfect implantology partner for restoring dentists nationwide.
Sparkle Dental Labs is one of the few in the UK to receive quality assurance marks from MHRA, DAMAS and ISO. Every restoration also comes with a statement certificate, which guarantees that all products are crafted by highly skilled technicians using reliable and traceable materials.
Sparkle Dental Labs prides itself on using the latest CAD/CAM milling technology, as well as its ability to work with a wide range of major implant brands. The lab also provides great customer service with clear dentist to lab communication, and is readily available for consultation to discuss more complicated cases.
If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced partner for implant restorations, come to Sparkle Dental Labs.

Official opening of Sparkle Dental Labs Ltd Posted on August 28, 2013

Congratulations have been paid to Sparkle Dental Labs Ltd, as their £1million laboratory was officially opened by Chief Dental Officer, Barry Cockcroft.

The state of the art laboratory in Leeds was the vision of Managing Director, Mustafa Mohammed. Sparkle Dental Labs began life in a small premise in Huddersfield, which quickly became inadequate as the business grew. The next step for the company was a move into the new 16,000sq foot warehouse in November. The opening of the lab marks the start of a new path for the British dental lab industry, as Mustafa has also proposed the creation of 200 jobs, including apprenticeships and opportunities for young people, so they can gain new skills and qualifications in a respected profession.
It is estimated that ten years ago there were 10,000 dental technicians in the UK and now that number has plummeted to just 5,000. Mustafa hopes to turn these figures around and reinvigorate the UK dental lab industry, by offering a quality British service that overseas laboratories can’t compete with.
Elaborating on his delight at the opening of one of the UK’s largest dental laboratories, Mustafa said, “It was a fantastic day and I was so pleased to see the lab officially open for business. We don’t want young people who are good with their hands to be stacking shelves, we want to show them there is more to their future. And more importantly prove there is a future for jobs for UK youngsters. If we can give 200 young people an opportunity then we have proved it is possible.”
Provided by the National Apprenticeship Service, it is hoped that once the apprenticeship scheme has gained approval from the GDC, it will help combat the current number of dental technicians leaving the industry – currently estimated at 400 each year in the UK
Dr Keith Hayes, Clinical Director Genix Healthcare, added, “I think this is a very exciting and benchmark opportunity. The apprenticeship scheme is going to be a very valuable resource to the British dental industry. To have quality training at this level, it will benefit the whole profession. It also provides an opportunity to young people, who otherwise wouldn’t be given a chance.”

Sparkle Dental Labs is one of the few dental laboratories in the UK to receive MHRA, DAMAS and ISO quality assurance marks, ensuring dentists and their patients can have confidence in the quality of restorations produced. In addition, the lab is the first in the UK to offer a courier service to and from dental practices and because the lab is situated directly next to a FedEx depot, it means deliveries can take place 12 hours a day from 7am to 7pm.
In addition, the lab has a brand new milling centre and space in the future for an implant centre. By opening Sparkle Dental Labs Mustafa is already helping to encourage the future stability of the UK’s dental lab industry, and clearly the profession is behind him and his team

Sparkle are proud to sponsor Beckwithshaw Saints JFC Posted on September 25, 2013

Beckwithshaw Saints JFC is a Harrogate based FA Charter Standard club catering for boys and girls starting at under 7’s age groups right through to seniors. Founded in 2004, the club is run on a completely voluntary basis by many enthusiastic parents, who all give their valuable time, to make the club a success.

Sparkle’s contribution has funded the purchase of new kits for the team and sports equipment. We wish you the best of luck for the season and hope that you not only look like young Brazilians but also play like them.

GDC issues new guidelines on dental devices Posted on October 1, 2013

If it’s been a while since you’ve familiarised yourself with the GDC’s guidelines on dental appliances, now might be a good time for a review.
 
On 30th September 2013, the GDC’s old Standards for dental professionals and its supplementary booklets were taken out of effect. These were replaced by the new Standards for the Dental Team, along with seven supplementary Guidance booklets.
 
One of these booklets speaks about commissioning and manufacturing dental appliances. As there are several laws that dental practitioners must keep in mind when meting these out, the GDC reminds dental professionals of the rules through their most recently published guide.
 
For example, it is a legal requirement for all dental professionals to supply their patients with a statement of manufacture for any device that is made mainly outside the mouth such as bleaching trays, crowns, bridges and dentures.
 
This certificate must state the name and address of the manufacturer, confirmation that the device is intended for exclusive use by a particular patient, and the name of the practitioner who made out the prescription, amongst other details.
 
The new GDC Guidance also reminds dentists that if you commission or receive any dental device from someone in the UK who is not a registered dental technician, you may put your registration at risk.
 
Dentists who choose to outsource their dental work outside the UK also take on some added liability, as according to the Guidance they will be held professionally accountable by the GDC for the safety and quality of the appliance.
 
Dental prostheses, restorations and appliances play a huge role in the patient’s quality of life. Your choice of dental device can affect their ability to take in nutrition, communicate with others, and express social confidence.
 
Choosing a dental technician to manufacture these custom-made devices on your behalf is a decision that must never be taken lightly. But if you choose a reliable, UK-registered dental lab that can be held separately accountable for their work, you can also ease the burden of liability on yourself.
 
Sparkle Dental Labs are a good example of such a facility, as they offer quick turn-around times and prices comparable to that of outsourcing. Most importantly, they are registered with the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the Dental Appliances Manufacturer Audit Scheme (DAMAS), and other regulatory bodies, which means that everything they manufacture is adherent to the strictest UK standards.
 
Sparkle also supplies all their clients with a legal statement of manufacture for every product they make.
 
When you choose the right laboratory, you not only receive quality dental devices, you also have a partner you can rely on that have the best interests of your patients and your practice in mind.

GDC issues new guidelines on dental devices Posted on October 1, 2013

If it’s been a while since you’ve familiarised yourself with the GDC’s guidelines on dental appliances, now might be a good time for a review.
 
On 30th September 2013, the GDC’s old Standards for dental professionals and its supplementary booklets were taken out of effect. These were replaced by the new Standards for the Dental Team, along with seven supplementary Guidance booklets.
 
One of these booklets speaks about commissioning and manufacturing dental appliances. As there are several laws that dental practitioners must keep in mind when meting these out, the GDC reminds dental professionals of the rules through their most recently published guide.
 
For example, it is a legal requirement for all dental professionals to supply their patients with a statement of manufacture for any device that is made mainly outside the mouth such as bleaching trays, crowns, bridges and dentures.
 
This certificate must state the name and address of the manufacturer, confirmation that the device is intended for exclusive use by a particular patient, and the name of the practitioner who made out the prescription, amongst other details.
 
The new GDC Guidance also reminds dentists that if you commission or receive any dental device from someone in the UK who is not a registered dental technician, you may put your registration at risk.
 
Dentists who choose to outsource their dental work outside the UK also take on some added liability, as according to the Guidance they will be held professionally accountable by the GDC for the safety and quality of the appliance.
 
Dental prostheses, restorations and appliances play a huge role in the patient’s quality of life. Your choice of dental device can affect their ability to take in nutrition, communicate with others, and express social confidence.
 
Choosing a dental technician to manufacture these custom-made devices on your behalf is a decision that must never be taken lightly. But if you choose a reliable, UK-registered dental lab that can be held separately accountable for their work, you can also ease the burden of liability on yourself.
 
Sparkle Dental Labs are a good example of such a facility, as they offer quick turn-around times and prices comparable to that of outsourcing. Most importantly, they are registered with the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the Dental Appliances Manufacturer Audit Scheme (DAMAS), and other regulatory bodies, which means that everything they manufacture is adherent to the strictest UK standards.
 
Sparkle also supplies all their clients with a legal statement of manufacture for every product they make.
 
When you choose the right laboratory, you not only receive quality dental devices, you also have a partner you can rely on that have the best interests of your patients and your practice in mind.

Commissioning your Ceramic Restorations Posted on November 7, 2013

Sparkle Dental Labs is a full-service facility that prides itself on British craftsmanship, excellent service and great partnerships with dentists.
In their persistent efforts to be the biggest and best, Sparkle continue to make changes to their service that can improve the way they fulfil all their clients’ needs.
New clear boxes for protection and infection control
Among recent customer care initiatives is the distribution of a new info pack that will be reaching everyone in their client base soon.
Together with updates on their products and services, the info pack will also provide dentists with new clear boxes that will serve to protect all items and products that are shipped between the lab and their customers.
Sparkle Dental Labs believes that this new method of transportation is a better way of ensuring product preservation and cross-infection control for everyone involved in the manufacturing process.
And Sparkle Dental Labs continues their commitment to green operations by making sure that these boxes are fully recyclable and environment friendly.
Sparkle Dental Labs reaches Scotland
Sparkle Dental Labs have also recently extended their scope of service to include dentists in Scotland who are looking for high-quality British workmanship at very competitive prices.
Dentists in Scotland will also receive personal attention from dedicated Sparkle representatives based in the area, to ensure that communications with the lab in Leeds are as smooth and stress-free as possible for practitioners.
Sparkle representative Kay Thompson, who is heading the launch of Sparkle Dental Labs’ Scottish service, says:
“Any problems with the service, any questions with the order, the dentists can call their dedicated Sparkle representative instead of having to spend time chasing up the lab themselves. Their rep is dedicated to making sure that all their concerns reach the technicians in a timely manner.”
“And of course,” Kay adds, “if dentists want to speak with the technicians themselves, they are always available, and this call is also something the rep can gladly facilitate.”
With the dependable delivery of Sparkle Dental Labs’ courier partner FedEx, practitioners in Scotland can also enjoy the same fast turn around times as the rest of their clients all over the UK.
Additional services such as these help ensure the satisfaction of all of Sparkle Dental Labs’ clients. And dentists can expect continued innovation from the laboratory, because service is the core of their business.  They always strive to make sure that every dentist who uses them gets the best in all aspects – in product, workmanship, partnership and customer care.

Sparkle Dental Labs wins two prizes in the Laboratory Awards 2013
Posted on November 29, 2013
Aside from our technical expertise, efficient service and competitive prices, there are now two more reasons why you should make Sparkle Dental Labs your laboratory partner of choice.
On 29th November 2013, representatives of the very best dental labs from all over the UK gathered in central London for the 2nd Annual Laboratory Awards.
By the end of the evening, Sparkle Dental Labs had two trophies to boast of: Best NHS Laboratory and Best Laboratory Website.

Commissioning your Ceramic Restorations
Posted on November 7, 2013
Dental prostheses are like bespoke pieces of art that require skilled technicians to execute well. And so it follows that when dentists search for a laboratory to create their ceramic restorations, the first thing they need to look for is a supplier that can boast of adept and experienced craftsmen.
Dentists should keep in mind, however, that using a skilled worker only makes up half of the equation. Like commissioning a bespoke piece from an artisan, a satisfactory end product is also largely dependent on the amount of instruction the maker is given.
A client wouldn’t approach a jeweller and simply say, “I’d like you to make me a gentleman’s ring, and I’d like it to be gold.” In order for the client to receive a product that is faithful to what they had in mind, they would supply more information, such as the shade of gold they’d like, how heavily decorated the piece should be, and so forth.
In the same way, dentists cannot expect to receive an ideal prosthetic if all they extend to the dental lab by way of instruction is what kind of prosthetic they require, and what shade it needs to come in.
While it’s true that the technician also picks up a wealth of information from the impression that the dentist sends, not everything can be determined from the model derived from the initial cast. If for example the dentist would like a tooth brought in, or a certain translucency is required to match neighbouring teeth, then all this needs to be made known.
On the flip side, a good technician will also keep the dentist and the patient in mind at all times when creating ceramic prostheses. Whether the technician works in a small laboratory and handles every step of the restoration himself, or labours in a bigger outfit as part of a team whose members concentrate on specific stages of production, the end goal is always to create a dental prosthetic that is satisfactory for both the practitioner and the patient.
One of the main differences between a small and large dental lab is turn-around time – in the teamwork style of production, time-consuming step-by-step processes can be executed simultaneously, bringing about a more efficient process. If the team works well together, this system can function beautifully. The core team of technicians at Sparkle Dental Labs, for example, have been running solidly together for more than a year and have reached a kind of symbiosis with each others’ working styles, leading to excellent ceramic restorations with quick turn-around times.
But whether a dentist chooses to work with a small or large laboratory, the concept remains the same: with the combination of a skilled craftsman and detailed instruction, the creation of excellent dental prostheses can be expected.

Sparkle Dental Labs wins two prizes in the Laboratory Awards 2013 Posted on November 29, 2013

Aside from our technical expertise, efficient service and competitive prices, there are now two more reasons why you should make Sparkle Dental Labs your laboratory partner of choice.
On 29th November 2013, representatives of the very best dental labs from all over the UK gathered in central London for the 2nd Annual Laboratory Awards.
By the end of the evening, Sparkle Dental Labs had two trophies to boast of: Best NHS Laboratory and Best Laboratory Website

Changes happening at Sparkle Posted on January 11, 2014

Sparkle Dental Labs is a full-service facility that prides itself on British craftsmanship, excellent service and great partnerships with dentists.
In their persistent efforts to be the biggest and best, Sparkle continue to make changes to their service that can improve the way they fulfil all their clients’ needs.
New clear boxes for protection and infection control
Among recent customer care initiatives is the distribution of a new info pack that will be reaching everyone in their client base soon.
Together with updates on their products and services, the info pack will also provide dentists with new clear boxes that will serve to protect all items and products that are shipped between the lab and their customers.
Sparkle Dental Labs believes that this new method of transportation is a better way of ensuring product preservation and cross-infection control for everyone involved in the manufacturing process.
And Sparkle Dental Labs continues their commitment to green operations by making sure that these boxes are fully recyclable and environment friendly.
Sparkle Dental Labs reaches Scotland
Sparkle Dental Labs have also recently extended their scope of service to include dentists in Scotland who are looking for high-quality British workmanship at very competitive prices.
Dentists in Scotland will also receive personal attention from dedicated Sparkle representatives based in the area, to ensure that communications with the lab in Leeds are as smooth and stress-free as possible for practitioners.
Sparkle representative Kay Thompson, who is heading the launch of Sparkle Dental Labs’ Scottish service, says:
“Any problems with the service, any questions with the order, the dentists can call their dedicated Sparkle representative instead of having to spend time chasing up the lab themselves. Their rep is dedicated to making sure that all their concerns reach the technicians in a timely manner.”
“And of course,” Kay adds, “if dentists want to speak with the technicians themselves, they are always available, and this call is also something the rep can gladly facilitate.”
With the dependable delivery of Sparkle Dental Labs’ courier partner FedEx, practitioners in Scotland can also enjoy the same fast turn around times as the rest of their clients all over the UK.
Additional services such as these help ensure the satisfaction of all of Sparkle Dental Labs’ clients. And dentists can expect continued innovation from the laboratory, because service is the core of their business.  They always strive to make sure that every dentist who uses them gets the best in all aspects – in product, workmanship, partnership and customer care.