Ashley Byrne

Ashley Byrne

Author at Dentistry Online


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The dental lab expert – how environmentally green can a dental lab be?

Ashley Byrne explores how environmentally friendly he can make his dental lab and explains the measures he’s taken. If I look back to when I started as a dental technician 25 years ago, it was a bit of an environmental disaster. But back then, the environment wasn’t high on the agenda. Gas Bunsen burners ran … Continued

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The dental lab expert – a summary of 2021 from the technician’s perspective

Ashley Byrne reflects on the last 12 months and, despite a difficult 2021, gets excited about what 2022 might hold. This year wasn’t the most innovative year for dental technology in my opinion. Post COVID, companies adapting to the new normal and more lockdowns has not really been the best platform for ground-breaking new technology. … Continued

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The dental lab expert – are automation and artificial intelligence a good thing?

Ashley Byrne explains why automation and artificial intelligence are helping to improve dental labs, not taking away jobs. Automation is defined as the: ‘Use or introduction of automatic equipment in a manufacturing or other process or facility’. And artificial intelligence (AI) is: ‘The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring … Continued

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The dental lab expert – games consoles and the future dental technician crisis

Dental labs need to start appealing to the younger, ‘computer gaming’ generation to ensure the industry remains prosperous. The latest GDC figures show a further decline in registered dental technicians. That means a third have now dropped off the GDC register since 2008. And yet industry papers show a rise in demand for lab work. … Continued

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The dental lab expert – digital tooth grinding

With a growing number of splints to avoid tooth grinding, Ashley Byrne explores how dental labs can make designing the splints a scalable business solution. Whether it’s the pandemic, modern life, or simply greater patient awareness, we are seeing dramatic growth in patients requiring splints to help avoid tooth grinding. In the past, this has … Continued

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The dental lab expert – crisis and possible solutions to the lack of dental technicians

Ashley Byrne opens up about what needs to happen to encourage young people into the dental lab industry.  Whether it’s Brexit, lack of colleges and apprenticeship schemes, or just a distinct lack of desire from the young to become technicians – we have an employment crisis on our hands. Recent GDC registration figures have shown … Continued

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