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Practice By Design Event a Resounding Success

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A windy day in Weybridge saw us welcome a group of aspiring dentists and industry leaders to our recent Practice By Design day.

Participants were treated to a compelling introduction from Blueprint Dental’s Co-founder Sharaz Mir showing the vital steps and experience needed to embarck on a successful squat practice project.


Coupled with sessions from a plethora of industry experts covering areas as diverse as accountancy and finance to CQC compliance and best practices in decontamination, the day equipped delegates with tools and tips needed to start their own journey to owning and running their own dental squat practice.

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“We were privileged to have so much talent from the UK dental industry under one roof for this event,” said Sharaz Mir, Blueprint’s Co-founder. “The day went really well and we have received some cracking feedback, so watch this space for more CPD-accredited courses for dentists.

“Special thanks to all our speakers and the team at Dentsply Sirona in Weybridge for hosting us.”



As well as benefitting from the open classroom-style sessions with experts in their own field, the day offered an excellent opportunity for dentists to see and experience a wide range of dental equipment used in new squat practices.

The Blueprint Dental team were on hand throughout to demonstrate and discuss every equipment need from dental chairs and Treatment Centres, to Intra Oral Scanners and CBCT systems for cutting edge imaging and diagnosis used in today’s digital dentistry workflows.

And there’s more…

We’re planning on running similar courses in Spring 2024. If you’re interested in finding out more, please complete the form below.

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Trade up your CEREC Omnicam today!

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Exclusive offer for CEREC Omnicam Owners!

This holiday season, we’ve got the perfect gift for CEREC Omnicam owners!

For a limited time only, you can trade up your CEREC Omnicam to the incredible CEREC Primescan.

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CEREC Omnicam owners are entitled to 50% discount off list price when making the switch to CEREC Primescan.*

* valid from 1st November to 31st December 2023

CEREC Primescan – including a battery pack and full CEREC SW 5.2 license with the Pro Package.

Trade up on a 1:1 basis – for every functioning CEREC Omnicam with a chairside license you present, you can trade up to a CEREC Primescan at 50% off list price.

Available throughout the UK from Blueprint Dental.

Advantages of CEREC Primescan

  • Elevate Your Surgery – stay at the forefront of digital dentistry. Impress your patients and boost your practice’s reputation
  • Advanced Precision – take digital impressions to the next level, ensuring the most accurate and lifelike scans
  • Be Prime – Upgrade to CEREC Primescan for better, faster, smarter dentistry

Trade up to the incredible CEREC Primescan today and unwrap the magic of precision dentistry.

CEREC Primescan

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Elevate Your Dental Practice with 3D CBCT Imaging: Why It’s the Ultimate Choice Over 2D Panoramic X-rays

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Why 3D CBCT Extraoral X-ray should be the technology of choice, even as an entry level option.


In the ever-evolving landscape of digital dentistry, staying up-to-date with the latest technology is crucial to provide patients with the best possible care. One such advancement that has transformed the field is Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), a three-dimensional extraoral X-ray imaging technology. 

While 2D panoramic X-rays have long been a staple in dentistry, the advantages offered by 3D CBCT make it the technology of choice, even for entry-level scanning. 

In this blog post, we will explore the reasons why 3D CBCT should be your preferred imaging technology in the realm of digital dentistry, even if it’s your first foray into panoramic imaging.

1.  Superior Diagnostic Precision

One of the primary reasons to opt for 3D CBCT over 2D panoramic X-rays is the superior diagnostic precision it offers. Unlike 2D images that provide a flat representation of oral structures, CBCT scans generate detailed, three-dimensional images that allow dentists to view anatomical structures from various angles. This enhanced perspective is invaluable when planning complex procedures like implant placement, orthodontic treatment or assessing impacted teeth.

2. Enhanced Treatment Planning

3D CBCT technology also enables dentists to plan treatments with unparalleled accuracy. By visualising the exact dimensions and relationships of teeth, bones, nerves and soft tissues in 3D, clinicians can create precise treatment plans, reducing the margin for error. This level of precision leads to improved outcomes and patient satisfaction.

3. Reduced Radiation Exposure

Concerns about radiation exposure are common in dental imaging. And rightly so.

3D CBCT addresses this concern by delivering lower doses of radiation compared to traditional CT scans. This makes it a safer option for patients, particularly for routine imaging needs, and aligns with the principles of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) radiation exposure.

4. Efficient Workflow

Time is money in a dental practice, and 3D CBCT technology can significantly streamline your workflow. CBCT scans provide immediate results, eliminating the need for time-consuming film development. The digital nature of CBCT also enables easy storage, retrieval and sharing of patient records, reducing administrative burdens.

5. Expanded Diagnostic Capabilities

3D CBCT isn’t just limited to dental applications. It can be used to diagnose conditions beyond the oral cavity, such as sinus problems, temporomandibular joint disorders and airway assessments. Offering these expanded diagnostic capabilities can attract new patients and enhance your practice’s reputation for comprehensive care.

6. Competitive Advantage

In the highly competitive field of dentistry, staying ahead of the curve can give your practice a significant edge. Embracing 3D CBCT technology demonstrates your commitment to providing the best possible care to your patients. It can also attract referrals from other dental professionals seeking your expertise in 3D imaging.

7. Future-proofing your practice

Digital dentistry is continuously evolving and 3D CBCT is at the forefront of these advancements. By investing in this technology now, you are future-proofing your practice. As new software updates and applications become available, you can seamlessly integrate them into your workflow, staying at the forefront of your field.

3D CBCT technology is not just reserved for advanced or specialist practices. It offers clear advantages even for entry-level scanning needs. From superior diagnostic precision and enhanced treatment planning to reduced radiation exposure and efficient workflows, the benefits of 3D CBCT are undeniable. 

At Blueprint Dental, we’ve helped many practices adopt digital imaging technologies and workflows and our specialist digital teams will guide you every step of the way from initial discussions around which 3D CBCT best suits your practice’s needs to installation and training – ensuring both you and your patients get the most out of you new investment.

We represent some of the world’s leading dental 3D CBCT equipment brands , including the Dentsply Sirona Axeos 3d Scanner and the Carestream Dental range of 3D extraoral scanners.

By choosing 3D CBCT as your extraoral X-ray imaging technology of choice, you are not only elevating your practice but also providing the best possible care to your patients in the world of digital dentistry. 

Embrace the future today and watch your practice thrive!

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Embracing Digital Technology: 8 big advantages of adopting digital sensor technology over traditional X-ray film

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The transition from traditional film X-ray development to phosphor plate scanners and digital sensors continues to revolutionise the way dentists diagnose and treat their patients. 

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the many advantages of embracing digital sensor technology for dental professionals.

1. Reduced Radiation Exposure

One of the most significant benefits of digital dentistry is the reduction in radiation exposure. Traditional film X-rays required higher doses of radiation to produce clear images. In contrast, digital sensors and phosphor plate scanners use lower radiation doses, making the process safer for patients. This is particularly beneficial for individuals who need frequent X-rays or those concerned about radiation exposure.

2. Faster Image Acquisition

Digital dentistry eliminates the need for chemical processing and darkroom time associated with traditional X-ray development. Dentists can capture high-quality images almost instantly, saving both time and resources. This increased efficiency allows for quicker diagnosis and treatment planning, ultimately benefiting the patient and freeing up chair time for your business.

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Vistascan mini patient record

3. Enhanced Image Quality

Digital sensors and phosphor plate scanners provide superior image quality compared to analogue methods. The digital images are highly detailed, making it easier for dentists to detect even the smallest abnormalities or dental issues. This enhanced clarity leads to more accurate diagnoses and treatment recommendations.

4. Improved Storage and Retrieval

Traditional X-rays required physical storage and could deteriorate over time, especially if the storage conditions were not ideal or they became exposed to damp, heat etc. Digital dentistry eliminates this issue by allowing dentists to store and retrieve patient records electronically within their patient software packages. This not only saves physical space, but also ensures that patient data remains complete, up to date and easily accessible for years to come.

5. Efficient Collaboration

Digital images can easily be shared with other dental specialists or healthcare professionals for collaborative treatment planning. This seamless communication between professionals ensures that patients receive the best possible care and treatment options tailored to their needs, especially in cases requiring a multi-disciplined approach and input from a variety of specialties.

6. Patient Education

What better way to empower your patients than by providing them with clear and detailed images of their oral health? Dentists can display images on screens, making it easier to explain diagnoses and treatment options to patients. It is a well known fact that informed patients are less anxious and more likely to actively participate in their dental care and adhere to treatment plans.


7. Environmentally Friendly

The shift to digital dentistry is also much more environmentally friendly. Traditional X-ray development chemicals are hazardous and contribute to pollution. By reducing the need for these chemicals and film processing, a move to using digital or phosphor plate sensors helps reduce the environmental impact of dental practices.

VistaScan Mini 2.0 with sensors


While the initial investment in digital equipment may seem significant, it can lead to long-term cost savings. The elimination of film and processing chemicals, as well as the reduced need for retakes due to image quality issues, can result in cost-efficient dental practices over time.

So, we can see that the advantages of moving from traditional film X-ray development to phosphor plate scanners and digital sensors in dentistry are clear and numerous. Not only do these technologies enhance patient safety, but they also improve diagnostic accuracy, streamline practice management and contribute to a more sustainable and patient-centered approach to dental care. 

Dentists who embrace digital dentistry are far better equipped to provide top-notch care while ensuring the comfort and well-being of their patients. The future of dentistry is digital and it’s a win-win for both practitioners and those in the dental chair.

At Blueprint Dental, we’ve helped a wide range of dental practices switch from traditional X-ray film imaging to digital solutions.

And the Duerr Dental VistaScan MiniView 2.0 is an ideal first step towards digital imaging fitting seamlessly into your imaging workflow.

It has a compact footprint, is easy to use and cost-effective, as well as offering all the advantages we’ve mentioned above.

And right now we have some great offers to get you started.

Or for more information, please contact Kayleigh Bezzant on 07300 792 166 or by email.

Kayleigh is our digital dentistry specialist for dental surgeries and has a wide experience in digital imaging.

There’s nothing that Kayleigh likes more than educating dental practices on how to introduce digital workflows and finding the right digital solutions, so why not get it touch today?


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The Digital Dentistry Masters: A hands-on Seminar on Digital Workflows

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Join us for this one day workshop, aimed at dental professionals wishing to improve their knowledge of the latest workflows and solutions in digital dentistry.

And what’s more, you’ll earn up to 6 hours of verifiable CPD.

The event is free, although we do ask participants to register, as numbers are limited.

Venue details:

Dentsply Sirona UK

Building 3 The Heights

Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0NY.

Time and date:

28th November 2023

9.00 to 17.00



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Programme at a glance…

Discover the Power of Digital Dentistry with Dentsply Sirona/Blueprint Dental’s Hands-On Course

Are you ready to revolutionise your dental practice with cutting-edge digital solutions? Join us and Dr Riaz Yar in this hands-on seminar, where we will guide you through the full digital workflow and in-house manufacturing using CEREC®, Primescan®, and Primeprint®.

Throughout the course, you’ll dive into the CEREC workflow for restorative dentistry, focusing on clinical implementation and management. You’ll also explore the role of Primescan intraoral scanner in modern dentistry. We’ll introduce you to the future of 3D printing with Primeprint and DS Core®, expanding your horizons with these exciting technologies.

Our aims and objectives revolve around providing you with hands-on experience of the advantages of digital dentistry compared to traditional techniques, highlighting the streamlined and simplified workflows. You’ll witness first-hand all the components of our digital solutions and learn how to integrate them seamlessly into your existing workflows.

Join us on this transformative journey and unlock the potential of digital dentistry.

For more details please contact us on 0800 228 9828 or simply complete the form below:

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VistaScan Mini Offer 2023

Catch our awesome deal on the VistaScan MiniView 2.0!

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Thinking about changing from traditional film to digital developing?

Phosphor Plate Scanners offer an easy and seamless transition from analogue to digital processing.

Awesome Offer!

We’re offering a fabulous price this November for dentists wanting to adopt phosphor plate technologies

Switch today for just £5,497.00*

Plus we’re throwing in 2 FREE Smart Scanners for good measure!

That’s over 35% discount from RRP!

Why change to a Phosphor Plate System?

Switching to a Phosphor Plate System is the ideal transition from analogue to digital processing and offers significant advantages over wet film.

Until 30th November 2023, we have a fabulous offer on the Duerr VistaScan Mini View 2.0 to help dental practices adopt digital techniques and workflows.


Plug into the future today

  • Super fast results – images in seconds, reducing patient chair time
  • Less radiation – lower dose for patients and risk for dental staff
  • Less waste – no messy chemicals to discard

Have a question or want to find out more? Contact Kayleigh...

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Ready for tomorrow’s dental practices

  • PCS technology – for exceptional image quality
  • Integrates to Practice Management Software – images automatically assigned to patient records
  • Easy to learn – large intuitive touchscreen for users

Have a question or want to find out more? Contact Kayleigh...

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*Terms & Conditions

  • This offer is valid for any VistaScan MiniView 2.0 orders placed before 30th November 2023
  • Includes 2 FREE Smart Scanners
  • Includes delivery, installation and training
  • Prices are exclusive of VAT

Kayleigh Bezzant is our digital dentistry expert and has a wide range of experience helping dental surgeries switch from analogue to digital solutions.

Please feel free to give her a call or contact her via email to discuss your imaging requirements.

You can call Kayleigh on 07300 792166 or email her here.

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Nexa 3D XiP Printer – Customer Testimonial – Beever Dental Technology

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Phil Reddington, MD of Beever Dental Technology tells us about his recent experience with Blueprint Dental and the Nexa3D XiP printer…

At Beever Dental we constantly strive to keep ahead of the surge in digital technology, in order to maintain our clients’ and patients’ needs for the perfect smile. Something which we always strive to provide at Beever Dental.

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Nexa3D XiP Printer at Beever Dental

“Having known Mark Welch from Nexa3D and Alan Wright from Blueprint Dental for a while and done business with them both, it made sense to speak to them when the new Nexa3D XiP printer came to my attention.

“As a result, we have now added this unit to my digital team’s tools to help us maintain the standards required and expected of our lab. 

“And I must say it doesn’t let you down.”

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3D printed dental product
Nexa3D XiP Dental Printer Product

Phil continues, “As with all new tech, there was the learning curve to get up and running and we’d also like to thank David Brown and the team at Blueprint for the set up and Mark Welch for his continued support.

“The Nexa3D XiP does the job and does it well.”

Thank you Phil and team. We’re delighted that the XiP has fitted so well into your digital workflows and is helping you create those all-important perfect smiles for your clients.

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Rick Esgate joins Blueprint Dental as Business Development Manager

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We’re really excited to introduce Rick Esgate, who has joined Blueprint Dental as Business Development Manager, responsible for our digital laboratory solutions.

Rick has 17 years of experience as a dental technician, during which time he specialised in digital workflows. He also has 7 years experience in clinical digital dentistry, including sales and technical support and training, so is ideally placed to slot straight into our business development team to help dental laboratories across the UK make the most of new innovations and digital solutions available to them.

We asked Rick “Why Blueprint Dental?” 

Rick says. “A big factor in coming to work at Blueprint is the reputation of the company. Blueprint have always been known for their high standard when it comes to installations and after sales support. This has always been something I strive for too and I feel my values align with theirs. 

“Another important factor was already knowing some of the current employees and having a massive amount of trust and faith in their abilities. I knew I was making the right choice. Having met Sharaz, I instantly recognised he was someone who really understands the dental market and particularly digital dentistry, which makes a huge difference to me as well.”

In response Sharaz Mir, Sales & Marketing Director of Blueprint Dental commented, “We are really pleased to have Rick as part of the Blueprint family. Being an experienced dental technician, as well as his extensive knowledge of digital workflows will ensure Blueprint continues to support dental labs across the country successfully adopt digital solutions and techniques.”

When not at work Rick enjoys long walks with his family and dog – a 2 year old Sprocker called Nellie. He also has a large collection of vinyl records which he prefers listening to over watching TV.

Or you might find him enjoying a few pints and watching Leeds United lose at the weekend. (His words, not ours!)

To contact Rick, please email or call  0753 905 2860

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Practice By Design Event

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November 2 @ 08:30 16:00

A one day event detailing the entire process of designing/building/refurbishing and equipping a dental practice, be it a squat/new build.

Free Although this event is free, we do ask that participants register, as numbers are limited. Thank you.

This event is free of charge for dentists aspiring to set up their own new/squat practice and will include sessions led by some of the UK’s leading dental experts, covering all aspects of a new practice project, from concept to compliance, including the opportunity to learn from an inspirational clinician who has ‘walked the walk’.

Can’t make this one? Not to worry…Please just drop us a line here and we’ll let you know when our next Practice By Design event will be.

Outline Agenda

8:30AM – 9:00AM Registration & Coffee

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM The Process of Design / Build & Procurement, Sharaz Mir

Sharaz Mir, Founder and Sales Director of Blueprint Dental, will kick off the event detailing the process of designing, building, and equipping the practice of your dreams. We will cover timelines, guides and costing a typical practice.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Bob The Builder, Sam Zaidi

Excel Contractors provide the highest quality construction services – including project management, construction management and consulting throughout the UK.

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM Coffee Break

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM IT Solutions, Philippa Van Wyk

Philippa Van Wyck is Corporate Business Manager at Microminder, the UK’s largest Dental IT solutions providers.

11:50 AM – 12:20 PM Financial Considerations, Matt Shelper

Matt Shelper of Vector Finance will discuss the differing funding options and processes available to you help facilitate your project build and equipment purchases.

12:20 PM – 12:40 PM QUICK Q&A

12:40 PM – 1:50 PM Showcase Lunch – Product/Workflow Demonstrations

The Dentsply Sirona /Blueprint Teams will be on hand to offer product and workflow demonstrations of equipment for your new practice.

1:50 PM – 2:20 PM Decontamination Compliance, Pete Gibbons

Pete Gibbons of Melag will discuss the latest regulations and product requirements for your new Decontamination Room.

2:20 PM – 2:50 PM Accounting for it, Aloysius Castellino

T G Associates is a member of NASDAL (National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) and Aloysius specialises in the dental and healthcare sector.

2:50 PM – 3:20 PM My Way, Dr Sofina Ahmed

Her extraordinary 3 year growth story from a single squat night time only practice to a group of 13 centres employing 70 dentists and 150 total staff is not only remarkable but also highly inspirational in the lessons we can all learn.

3:20 PM – 3:50 PM CQC Application/Compliance Process, Saba Arif

Saba Arif of Smart Dental Compliance will guide you through the journey of Dental Compliance, CQC applications and ongoing support.


Sharaz Mir

Dentsply Sirona

The Heights, Brooklands
Weybridge, KT13 0NY United Kingdom
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Spotlight on Dentsply Sirona – Empowering UK Dentistry Together

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Spotlight on Dentsply Sirona – Empowering UK Dentistry Together with Cutting-Edge Equipment and Complete Workflow Solutions

As a leading distributor of dental equipment in the United Kingdom, Blueprint Dental has been proud to collaborate with Dentsply Sirona since our own early beginnings. That ‘official’ partnership in itself is close to 20 years, but the reality is that two of our co-founders, Sharaz Mir & David Brown, have ties with Sirona going back almost 30 years.

Today Dentsply Sirona is an esteemed global dental equipment supplier, providing an extensive range of innovative solutions for UK dentists and dental laboratories and is a renowned name in the dental industry, with its own rich history spanning over a century.

Very old Blueprint Dental Logo

The present company was formed through the merger of DENTSPLY International and Sirona Dental Systems back in 2016, combining their respective expertise to revolutionise dental care.

Now as a leading supplier of dental equipment worldwide, Dentsply Sirona is committed to developing cutting-edge solutions to improve patient care and enhance dental professionals’ efficiency.

Dentsply Sirona offers a diverse portfolio of dental equipment, ranging from digital imaging and diagnostic systems to treatment centres (dental chairs) and their world famous CEREC CAD/CAM digital workflow solutions, all of which is available throughout the UK from Blueprint. Their products are high tech, designed with precision and built to last, ensuring dentists and dental laboratories have access to reliable tools for accurate diagnoses and effective treatments.


Innovative Solutions for UK Dentists

At Blueprint Dental, we continue to recognise the importance of equipping UK dentists with the latest technologies to provide exceptional patient care. We continuously invest in our partnership ensuring both our customer facing and service teams are up to date and fully trained on new products, updates and upgrades with the support of Dentsply Sirona’s UK and European teams. 

Through our partnership with Dentsply Sirona, we offer dental practitioners in the UK access to a broad spectrum of innovative solutions…

Dentsply Sirona Treatment Centres

Treatment centres from Dentsply Sirona are designed to optimize workflow and patient comfort. With advanced features and ergonomic designs, these units empower dentists to perform procedures efficiently, ensuring a seamless dental experience for patients.

Find out more about Treatment Centres
Patient in Dentsply Sirona Intego dental chair
Orthophos 2D family

Imaging and Diagnostic Solutions

Dentsply Sirona’s imaging systems deliver unparalleled clarity and precision, aiding dentists in accurate diagnoses and treatment planning. These solutions include 3D CBCT imaging, intraoral sensors and scanners. 

Find out more about imaging

CEREC/inLab CAD/CAM Solutions

CEREC and inLab CAD/CAM systems from Dentsply Sirona enable dental laboratories and surgeries to fabricate restorations with exceptional precision and efficiency. From in-lab milling machines to chair-side scanners and on-site 3D printing capabilities, these solutions enhance the quality and speed of dental restorations.

Find out more about CEREC
CEREC Product Family
PrimePrint Family

A Vision for the Future

Dentsply Sirona and Blueprint Dental Equipment Ltd share a common vision of advancing dental care in the UK.

By providing a comprehensive range of advanced equipment and solutions, we empower UK dentists and dental laboratories to deliver exceptional care and stay at the forefront of dental technology. Together, we are revolutionising dental care, enhancing patient experiences and shaping the future of dentistry in the United Kingdom.

If you’d like to discover more about the Dentsply Sirona range of equipment and total dental solutions available from Blueprint Dental, please email us at, call 0800 228 9828 or complete the form below.

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