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Dr. Alfonso Rao

 

Clinical Director – Dip. Dent Chieti, Dip. Implant Dentistry – Masters in Endodontic Dentistry(Italy)
Born in Italy, Dr Alfonso Rao graduated with distinction from the University of Chieti. Until 2009 he worked as an oral surgeon at hospitals in Caserta, Napoli and Pescara before moving to the UK. Since then he has worked in numerous clinics between Bath, Bristol and Cheltenham. As well as being a member of the Association of Dental Implantology and ITi he is an accredited Straumann mentor. This enables him to teach implantology on several courses.

My Castellini interview

“My Castellini: The Ferrari of dental chairs”

Why can’t you live without your Castellini chair? Name the top reasons you love it

Everything I need is integrated into my Castellini chair, from an implant motor to an external camera.  It is really technologically advanced and really comfortable - from what my patients tell me - in comparison to other chairs in other dental practices. It feels great to offer that level of comfort to my patients and I appreciate the positive feedback too. The aesthetic of the chair is also very appealing.

Why did you opt to buy a Castellini chair?

When I was practising in Italy, I had a Castellini chair, a previous model to the one I have installed in my Bristol practice. I am Italian and Castellini made sense when I came to the UK. It is the main Italian brand for dental chairs in my country so it was an easy choice. The previous model had already given me full satisfaction as a surgeon and a positive experience for my patients.  Besides, the distribution in the UK is carried out by RPA and both the support and attention to detail they offer are second to none so I feel I can confidently use it and if anything happens, I am reassured that I will be sorted immediately.

The Castellini chair has an app which is somehow linked to the engineer, so if anything does happen, the engineer can log in and assess or sort the fault remotely. Alternatively, the engineer can diagnose the issue before his visit to the practice, and that means that the problem is half solved when he comes to the door, and it is also a quick fix too as he does not have to identify the fault from scratch. That is in my view totally unique to Castellini and RPA and I am thrilled by their level of service!

As a dentist, having a Castellini chair is very important. The main one I use is the top of the spectrum one and I use it mainly for teaching in my dental academy. It has a built in camera and I can carry out live surgery and have this projected so people I am training can follow.

As a specialist practice offering complex treatments, we absolutely need to ensure we arm ourselves with the best tools that are possibly available to us in order to deliver a high level of dentistry.

What do patients comment about the chair?

As I said earlier, the feedback from patients is very positive. They all say it is very comfortable. They cannot appreciate the technical components of the chair but they do see the high technology built into it and they very seem impressed by it.

How does the chair represent your style?

Having an Italian chair represents my style as an Italian dentist. It is top quality like other Italian products for high end consumers.

If your chair was a car, what car would it be?

A Ferrari as it is so high end!

If your chair was a fashion design, what would it be?

It would be Gucci. High end but available for everyone.

If your chair was a watch, which would it be?

Audemars Piguet

What projects are you working on at present?

We never stop and we are working on several extremely exciting new projects at the moment. I am setting up a dental suite in a medical and plastic surgery centre in Bristol; I have set up a teaching academy called Delta Dental Academy which includes live surgery; and I am in the process of expanding into a number of other practices in the South West. 

As part of the Queens Square Dental Clinic and Delta Training Academy, I have set up a unique showroom/training centre which was completed in March 2020.  The centre piece is Castellini Skema 8 and Tao Line Dental Art Cabinets.  I have since expanded into another site with Castellini Skema 6 Cart and am currently due to be the first UK owner of the all New Puma Eli Modular Ambidextrous unit which arrives in November 2020.

Dr. Alfonso Rao

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Dr. Michael Norton

Dr. Michael Norton BDS FDS RCS(Ed) was the first UK dentist to install a Castellini Skema 8 Continental when it launched in December 2018 - and was one of a few selected European Clinicians who undertook a clinical trial on the chair. 
Here he talks about ‘My Castellini’.
My Castellini interview

" I love my Castellini because of the sheer range of equipment options available for it "

Why can’t you live without your Castellini chair? Name the top reason you love it

I love my Castellini because of the sheer range of equipment options available for it. I love the fact it is very well designed for someone performing oral surgery, and the fact that it is very well designed for stripping down and decontaminating to ensure complete cross infection control.

Why did you opt to buy a Castellini chair?

In order of importance to me was first and foremost its safety features - particularly those relating to decontamination and cross infection control. The auto sterile feature and the fact that all the handles, bits and bobs come off and can go into the autoclave, that for me is the key thing - the number 1 reason and all the more pertinent now!  Number 2 was the equipment itself - the sheer range of equipment options available is impressive.

The legacy of the brand is also very important to me.  I bought my first Castellini chair in 1997 and I have always been one of the first to buy the new, top end chairs from Castellini. In fact, I was often involved with them in testing out the chairs for the company. Back in the 1990’s the company produced a chair called the LOGOS chair. This had an integrated cardiac monitor which was a really useful feature for me as I perform a lot of treatments under sedation. It also had an integrated auto-sterile system which has continued to be available through the years of Castellini, and has since been copied by other chair manufacturers.

As a practice that specialises in treating patients with implants, it was great all those years ago to be able to buy a chair that had an integrated implant motor with torque control - in fact Castellini was one of the first companies to provide a chair with an integrated implant motor. Along with the implant motor, it also has a facility to deliver sterile saline through the chair. It is now a common feature on a lot of chairs, and ideal for people like me who perform a lot of implants, but Castellini was one of the first to offer that integrated facility for implant surgery. And given my position as an implant surgeon, that was a big selling feature for me. My respect for the brand stems from that time.

Do patients comment about the chair?

They certainly do. A lot of patients will comment on the fact it looks very high tech. As things have developed over the years with integrated computer screens and digital technology, they have noticed how high spec and high tech the chair looks. The chair is such premium quality - so they often comment on how nice and new it looks.  It is such an integral part of my treatment outcome so of course I also take great care with it, so it looks well-kept too.

How does the chair represent your style?

It is a very good question as it does reflect my style!  It reflects my style on a number of levels. First and foremost, the safety and the cross infection control. I am a bit OCD when it comes to maintaining a clean working area. So it reflects me in that respect. I think I am probably quite well known for my very high tech approach to implant surgery. So you have to have the best equipment to undertake that kind of work.  When patients, or other practitioners, have been to my surgery, they comment on how unique it looks.  It has been applauded by so many different visitors.  The practice has a very high end design and obviously you want a chair that has the beauty and aesthetic appeal that fits in with a beautiful practice. The Castellini chair complements that very well.

If your chair was a car, what car would it be?

It would be a cross between a Ferrari and a Volvo. The beauty of a Ferrari and safety of a Volvo.

If your chair was a fashion design, what would it be?

I would say Ermenegildo Zegna. A historical fashion house, also Italian, that boasts a century of success in the precious woollen fabrics sector and in luxurious menswear.

If your chair was a watch, which would it be?

A Patek Philippe

What projects are you working on at present?

I am always undertaking clinical studies in the practice. My publications in the implant literature are well known to anyone in the implant world. I am about to embark on a new study hopefully, at the end of April. I have just received approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and have ethical approval for it. This is going to be a study involving 15 patients, and has the potential to totally revolutionise implant dentistry. I am working with a company from Boston which has a completely new concept in the way you place an implant, which will not only be relevant to oral surgery, but it actually has huge potential relevance to orthopaedic surgery. Anything that involves bones: repairing bones, fractures, placing implants - whether they are dental implants, or whether they are hip or knee replacements.

This product has the potential to completely revolutionise the field. My clinical trial is the first in-human clinical trial outside America and is only the second in-human clinical trial ever. I am very privileged and very excited to be undertaking this and will be excited to report the findings in due course.

Dr. Michael Norton