Dr Branimir Kirilov, founder of Medical Dent Clinic and Dental Care Center, on the constant strive towards innovation and quality treatment
When you ask for the best dental clinics in Bulgaria, Medical Dent is always among the first names that pop to mind. It successfully combines years of experience and professionalism with the full palette of dental care services and professionals and the constant strive to perfection and offering new and effective treatment and prophylaxis options. Recently, it opened Bulgaria's first centre specialised in dental hygiene – Dental Care Center. This is why we met with the founder of Medical Dent, Dr Branimir Kirilov. He is a leading professional with over 25 years of international experience and practice.
Medical Dent also takes care of children dental healthcare. On 11 and 12 September all kids can have a free check up. The initiative is a part of the clinic's social programme. Places are limited, so you need to book in advance on 02/473 87 98.
For years, Medical Dent has been synonymous with innovation and quality. How have you achieved this as a manager?
For me, innovation is connected to the ability to successfully update the work process and to master and implement new technologies. In our field, technologies are crucial. No matter how good a dentist you are and now many years of experience and theoretical knowledge you have, the quality technologies that you use are key for the results that you provide. My understanding is that the use of the latest technologies is one of the most important things in the healthcare business.
Of course, I believe, too, that people are the most important resource for a company. We pay special attention to the selection of the professionals in our team. We take care to properly onboard each new member so that all rules of the clinic are observed. Thus our employees are guided by precise and clear work principles based on the latest scientific achievements in the field, and are helped by the use of the most advanced technologies and materials.
What inspired you to create Bulgaria's first Dental Care Center?
Prophylaxis is the most important part of healthcare. It is the cheapest part of it, but it is still crucial. When I created Dental Care Center, I was guided by the idea that it should serve the growing number of our patients who needed a place dedicated to the sole goal to adequately maintain the results of their treatment. The care after a particular procedure by specially trained professionals is crucial for maintaining proper results in sufferers of caries, periodontitis, dental implant treatment etc. Without quality post-treatment maintenance there are always risks of new complications.
Of course, Dental Care Center is open to all patients who want to take proper care of their health and dental hygiene. The team is experienced and is trained to work with specifically developed protocols for each main disease. This is how we determine how to perform the prophylactic examination and the cleaning. We also focus on constant trainings of our employees and the most advanced dental hygiene technology.
What are its advantages for patients and how does it work?
Usually, dental hygiene is not leading in a clinic's activity. Treatment is. At Medical Dent, for example, we have always worked on teaching our patients on how to take care of their teeth and to maintain proper dental hygiene. We also explain why prophylactic examinations and post-treatment maintenance are necessary. Still, Medical Dent is focused on treatment.
The specifically created Dental Care Center is focused on maintenance, hygiene and prophylaxis. This is the difference. Primary prophylaxis, or hygiene, prevents the appearance of a disease, like caries or periodontitis. When such a problem arises, secondary prophylaxis and treatment are needed. The tertiary prophylaxis is the treatment of a complication: when the caries has become a pulpitis, the root canal needs treatment, and a crown is needed, probably too. Another example is periodontitis causing tooth loss and the need of implant treatment.
As you see, the further we go from primary to tertiary prophylaxis, the more serious and expensive the treatment becomes. Dental Care Center literally saves you money – taking care of your teeth and gums' health is the cheapest thing you can do for them. This also saves you a lot of unpleasant manipulations and sensations.
What is the concept of TeethXpress?
In our hectic world we all want things to happen faster, to happen now. We want white and beautiful teeth here and now. The TeethXpress concept solves an important social problem for people who have lost, or are going to lose, all of their teeth. It is also for patients suffering from uncomfortable prostheses, loose teeth or a lot of missing teeth. In 24 hours they receive comfort and a solution for their problems. Modern technologies and work methods allow us to fix teeth on implants in mere hours. This can significantly improve one's quality of social life and confidence.
I believe that with this innovative treatment method we, dental professionals, also help the Bulgarian economy. Because a confident person is much better in their work and is more persistent in pursuing their goals. We, dental professionals, create added value for the whole society by restoring people's smiles and their abilities to live to the fullest.
Why is Smile Design an important step in dental treatment?
To put it figuratively: when you are building a house you need to see its project. It is the same with a smile. You need a preliminary project before starting any smile corrections.
Smile Design defines all steps necessary for a treatment: the need to correct the gum, to change a tooth's position or shape. The project of the future smile gives us a clear idea of all treatment stages we have to undergo to achieve the planned result. Smile Design is not only for designing a smile that needs veneers or crowns. It is applicable to full treatment and can include implant placing, orthodontic treatment or correction of the gums' shape.
What do Medical Dent patients experience in the clinic?
I have always strived that our patients feel comfortable with us; I have always aimed at sparing them any unpleasant sensations. We have eliminated pain from our work altogether. To patients who are more nervous and too afraid of a procedure, we offer treatment under sedation, which spares them a traumatic memory. For us it is important that at each step of their experience at Medical Dent our patients feel our individual approach and care, from the initial contact and examination to the communication of different healthcare problems, to the procedures and post-treatment maintenance. Then we provide precise and clear instructions on how patients can preserve the achieved results and how often they should visit us afterwards. We offer patients the least traumatic and pleasant experience possible.
To make life easier for patients, we have established closed treatment cycle. We have professionals in all spheres of dental care: an implantologist, a periodontist, children dentists, an orthodontist, endodontists, professionals in aesthetic dentistry, implants, crowns and bridges restorations, implant prosthetics, and trained dental assistants. We have all the needed technology for high quality treatment after world standards such as an X-ray and digital imprint technology. We have our own digital laboratory. With Dental Care Center we provide our patients with opportunities for both maintenance and prophylaxis so that the treatment cycle of all dental problems is fully closed.