I presented my employer with a business plan. The extra two patients a day would pay off the new AIRFLOW® device in 4 and a half months and after that, the extra two patients a day would be pure profit for the practice. Each year that profit would continue. We also discussed the ethics of placing implants and then taking care of those patients. If the practice was going to place implants in our patients’ mouths and then continue to see them for the care, then we needed to provide the best care possible for these implants and we were currently not providing that. It was our job to help our patients maintain the implants for as long as possible. My employer was excited about this new technology and enthusiastically agreed.
The next week, my EMS AIRFLOW® Prophylaxis Master arrived and my GUDED BIOFILM THERAPY journey began. I loved it from day one, but what I also loved was the concept of GBT. It’s actually quite a simple concept, bringing us back to the basics of what we learnt at university but quickly forgotten as we enter the workforce. It’s essentially back to the basics of plaque disclosing and then motivating all of our patients to obtain better long term results. By ditching the messy prophy cups and using AIRFLOW® first to remove biofilm and stains, I was able to reduce the use of my ultrasonic. My patients are happier and their teeth receive less intervention which long term, reduces periodontal pocket depths from intervention and root modification.I also noticed how much better the clean was. By plaque disclosing first and then letting it guide my cleaning, I learnt my blind spots. I found out that I was often missing the distal interproximal area of the 24 and when I went to recheck areas, I would see pink plaque. I still feel there are probably about 10,000 patients from my pre-GBT days that probably left with plaque in the 24/25 inter proximal space (sorry!).
Probably the biggest success was 100% biofilm removal. We all know biofilm is the enemy in periodontal therapy and I was now able to access difficult to reach areas such as orthodontic brackets and distal of upper 8’s.My job satisfaction increased; I was now able to remove that once impossible staining, reach difficult areas, achieve better results and I felt happier. Not only were my patients feeling more motivated by the GBT protocol, but so was I! The other thing that was becoming obvious was the improvement in the periodontal status of my patients. Patients that I could only hand scale because they couldn’t tolerate the water in the ultrasonic could now have biofilm removal with AIRFLOW® and they could also tolerate the ultrasonic for spot removal.
GBT has made me a more passionate clinician which in turn enables me to motivate my patients and improve their oral and general health. Through this passion, I was asked by EMS to work with them as a Clinical Educator. At first, my answer was no. How could I possibly get up in front of people and start telling them how to maintain implants and treat periodontal disease? After some convincing, I travelled to Switzerland with EMS for further training in their head office and I started my journey as an EMS Clinical Educator. It’s been an amazing experience. I have had the pleasure to present both nationally and internationally and I feel so honoured to be able to represent EMS on many occasions. Not only do EMS make a great device that improves patient comfort, health and outcomes, they are also passionate about education.EMS invests heavily in educating clinicians all over the world on the latest research on non-surgical periodontal therapy and implant maintenance. EMS has provided me with so many career opportunities, all whilst supporting my further education and they have helped increase my passion for dentistry. I am forever thankful for my GBT journey as I truly believe it has increased my clinical life and enhanced my personal experiences within the dental field.
Fast forward to the present day, I now work in an implant dental practice. EMS has helped me take my fear of implants and turn it into a passion. I now routinely and confidently treat complex zygomatic implant patients and full mouth implant rehabilitations. I give advice in implant forums and provide mentorship to other clinicians. GBT has changed my life in a way I could have never anticipated. I am a happier, more confident clinician and my patients are healthier and also happier.Thank you EMS for always supporting, championing and helping not only myself, but clinicians all over the world. I feel honoured to be part of the EMS family and to be able to share my passion for implant maintenance with the world. My GBT journey has been such a fun experience and it’s only the beginning!