Latest News from Blackhills Clinic

  • November 08, 2018


    Thanks to all our sponsors for the Blackhills Symposium 2018

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  • November 08, 2018


    Here is the programme with a great line up of presenters at the Blackhills Symposium 2018 at Perth Racecourse on Tuesday 20th November 2018.

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  • November 01, 2018

    Oral Cancer Action Month

    November is Oral Cancer Action Month.

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  • September 18, 2018


    Bookings now being taken for the annual Blackhills Symposium which is being held on Tuesday 20th November 2018 at Perth Racecourse.

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  • November 24, 2017

    We Won

    Blackhills Clinic won Business of the Year 2017 after being nominated and winning two awards at the Perth Chamber of Commence Business Star Award 2017.  

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  • September 27, 2017

    Healthcare Improvement Scotland Registration

    After many hours of hard work, we have achieved registration with Healthcare Improvement Scotland who are responsible for regulating independent hospitals, voluntary hospices, private psychiatric hospitals and independent clinics.

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  • August 02, 2017

    Supporting Children with Cancer

    Supporting Children with Cancer

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  • August 01, 2017

    Blackhills Clinic Sponsors Elite International Athletes

    Blackhills Clinic is currently sponsoring two Elite International Athletes representing Great Britain in the “Pas de Deux” at the Senior European Championships for Equestrian Vaulting in Austria this month.

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  • March 30, 2017

    Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic celebrates 10 years in business

    On the 1st February 2017 Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

    Take five minutes, grab a coffee and read this article which has just appeared in the Spring 2017 edition of the Living magazine.

    Smiles All Round

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  • November 21, 2016


    Read this lovely article about the importance of a radiant smile for that special day!

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  • June 14, 2016

    A patients experience of treatment at Blackhills Clinic

    Read about one of our patients experience when she attended Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic

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  • April 01, 2016

    Lorna Harley joins the Specialist team at Blackhills Clinic

    We are delighted to welcome Lorna Harley, Specialist Endodontist, who joined the team of Specialists in March 2016. Read more...

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  • November 25, 2015

    Blackhills Clinic - Finalist at Perth Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards

    Blackhills Clinic team members attended the Perth Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards on Friday 20 November 2015, as Blackhills Clinic had been selected as one of the finalists in the category of 'Excellence in Customer Care'.

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  • July 21, 2015

    Blackhills Clinic Dental Symposium 2015

    On Tuesday 17 November 2015, Blackhills welcomed dentists and their team members from 32 dental practices from Perthshire, Angus, Fife, Forth Valley and Lothian to the Blackhills Symposium 2015.   

    Delegates enjoyed a wide range of lectures, including clinical dental presentations, practice management and “core CPD” covering dental radiology, managing complaints and cross-infection control. The delegates enjoyed a great trade exhibition and we are grateful to all the companies who supported the event:

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  • October 21, 2014

    Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic fills Parlimentary role

    Perthshire-based Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic has been chosen to represent the private healthcare sector in this year’s influential UK Parliamentary Review.

    Helping to shape the future of key sectors, the Parliamentary Review will detail the achievements and challenges within private healthcare in 2014 for the first time ever.

    Blackhills Clinic in Aberuthven is the only dental practice and the only Scottish business to feature in this crucial blueprint for future reform.  
    Parliamentary Review

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  • October 18, 2014

    Blackhills shortlisted for Star Awards 2014

    Shortlisted Finalist 2014 for Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Star Awards

    Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic has been shortlisted for the Business Innovation award at the Perth Chamber of Commerce Star Awards which will be held at the Crieff Hydro on Friday 21st November 2014 supported by the Perthshire Advertiser.  Read more...

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  • September 18, 2014

    Blackhills Clinic Annual Symposium 2014

    Blackhills Annual Symposium 2014  -  Perth Racecourse  -  Tuesday 18th November 2014

    Bookings now being taken for this popular event.

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  • May 05, 2014

    Scottish Dental Show 2014

    Come along at visit our stand (D16) at the Scottish Dental Show 2014, Braehead Arena, Glasgow on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th May. Please come along and support this educational and trade show event.  One of our Specialists, Dr Marilou Ciantar, is presenting a lecture on Periodontics on Saturday.  Click on  link for more information    We look forward to meeting up with colleagues and friends. 

    The Scottish Dental Awards 2014 is on the evening of Friday 9th May at the Glasgow Science Centre.  Our manageress, The award for Business Manager of the Year 2014 will be presented by our Clinic Manageress, Trudie Imrie, who won the award last year.  Good luck to all those short-listed in the various categories and we are sure it will be another spectacular night to be enjoyed by those who have bought tickets to attend the event.

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  • March 10, 2014

    Paul Stone in Dentistry Magazine

    Read this article by Paul Stone regarding Straumann's Roxolid narrow implant material.

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  • February 10, 2014

    Blackhills Supports SCALP

    SCALP Retro Night - Sat 22nd March 2014 at Perth Racecourse - why not come along and support Blackhills Clinic chosen charity.  Read more for information and how to book tickets.....

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  • December 01, 2013

    Blackhills Symposium 2013

    After the success of the 2012 symposium we wanted to try and develop the event for 2013 so in November we once again hosted our symposium at Perth Racecourse to almost 200 delegates and over 20 trade stands.  This time there were three parallel sessions allowing dentists, hygienists, therapists, nurses, clerical staff and practice managers to benefit from lectures delivered by Blackhills specialists and invited speakers.  Read more....

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  • June 26, 2013

    Graeme Lillywhite Joins Blackhills Clinic

    Following the retirement of Ken Watkins, Graeme Lillywhite is the 8th Specialist to join the team at Blackhills Clinic.


    Graeme is a Specialist in Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry. Read more...

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  • May 23, 2013

    Trudie Imrie Wins Award

    Another award for Blackhills Clinic presented at the Scottish Dental Show Awards 2013 was for Dental Business Manager of the Year and it was won by our Clinic Manager, Trudie Imrie.  read more...

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  • May 22, 2013

    Blackhills Wins Best Referral Clinic

    Blackhills Clinic wins award for 'Best Specialist Referral Clinic' - read more

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  • May 22, 2013

    Blackhills Run Stand at Scottish Dental Show

    Blackhills Clinic exhibit at the Scottish Dental Show 2013  -  read more...

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  • January 01, 2013

    Brian Stevenson Joins Blackhills Clinic

    Brian Stevenson   8th Specialist for Blackhills Clinic


    Brian Stevenson is the 8th Specialist to join the clinical team at Blackhills Clinic.


    Brian is a Specialist and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Dundee Dental Hospital and will now also be working at Blackhills Clinic. He is also a registered Specialist in Endodontics works alongside the other Specialists at Blackhills to provide a highly regarded referral service to dental colleagues and their patients across Scotland and beyond.


    Brian graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2000 and spent the first few years of his career as a General Dental Practitioner in Edinburgh.  He subsequently completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh whilst working and teaching at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Dental Hospitals. He undertook an accredited five year training in Restorative Dentistry at Dundee and Aberdeen Dental Hospitals. He has been employed as a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at Dundee Dental Hospital since 2011.  


    Brian is happy to receive referrals for both restorative dentistry and endodontics.

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  • November 27, 2012

    Blackhills Clinic Host 2012 Symposium

    Paul Stone and Ken Watkins, Clinical Directors of Blackhills Clinic were delighted to welcome over 180 delegates to the first Blackhills Dental Symposium on Tuesday 27 November 2012.  The facilities and arrangements provided by Perth Racecourse were excellent and this proved to be a great opportunity for GDPs and DCPs to gain some free CPD.  The programme was designed to be relevant for all members of the dental team (clinicians, PCDs and management/clerical staff) and with a keynote presentation by Ashley Latter.

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  • September 09, 2012

    Focus on Periodontics

    It is well recognised that for the majority of patients, the maintenance of periodontal health can be managed by most GDPs (1998 Adult Dental Health Survey). However, periodontal disease is of insidious onset and its presence can easily go undetected, especially in less obvious cases, such as smokers.

    The survey also revealed that 60% of Scottish adults had visible plaque on their teeth, with 47% having periodontal pocketing of 4mm or more.

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  • September 05, 2012

    Blackhills Implant Maintenance Form

    As detailed in our recent Newsletter (No.4 - June 2010) - to download more copies of the Blackhills Implant Maintenance Form

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  • May 25, 2012

    Blackhills Clinic at Scottish Dental Show 2012

    Thanks to everyone who visited our stand last week and hope you found our information pack of use in your practice.

    Congratulations to Carol Kay, Dental Nurse at Stafford Street Dental, Edinburgh on winning the bottle of champagne!

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  • March 20, 2012

    Periodonatal Regeneration Meeting Called

    Evening Meeting - Tuesday 20 March 2012 - Blackhills Clinic


    Periodontitis results in destruction of the periodontal attachment leading to periodontal pockets which can be very deep. Non-surgical periodontal treatment will help resolve many of these lesions, but in some cases this on its own is insufficient. Periodontal tissue loss can also manifest as gingival recession, either as a consequence of periodontitis or due to toothbrush abrasion. If this occurs in the ‘aesthetic zone', the longer clinical crowns can be quite unsightly for the patient. Advances in periodontal regeneration have now made it possible to predictably regenerate lost periodontal tissues, helping to eliminate residual pockets and gingival recession.


    Every practice has patients who would benefit from periodontal regenerative treatment and the opportunity to see how you can integrate this into your daily clinical management should not be missed. The presentation will be given by our Specialist Periodontist, Dr Marilou Ciantar at Blackhills Clinic.



    The aim of the evening talk is to outline the indications for periodontal regeneration and discuss the mode of action of using regenerative materials such as Emdogain®. 2 hours verifiable CPD.



    If we have sufficient numbers interested we will arrange another date - please email Trudie Imrie to confirm that you would like to be informed if a further date is arranged (

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  • December 12, 2011

    Donald Thomson, Dental Radiology Specialist

    Donald graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1994. After working in practice in Edinburgh and the Dental Hospitals in Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow he trained in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology in Glasgow and Dundee. He has been a Consultant in Dundee Dental Hospital since 2006 where his main interests are the investigation of salivary disease and cone beam CT.

    Donald also has considerable experience teaching and examining undergraduate students and postgraduate dentists in the UK and abroad. He is a member of the British Society for Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology and the International Association of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology and a member of the central council of the European Academy of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology.

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  • January 07, 2011

    Julie Kilgariff joins Blackhills Clinic

    Blackhills Specialist Referral Clinic is pleased to announce that Dr Julie Kilgariff (Specialist Endodontist) has now joined their team and will be providing endodontic treatment for all suitable patients in a fully equipped, state-of-the-art endodontic surgery.

    Julie qualified from Dundee University in 2000 and held a number of posts within the dental hospital and in the salaried services. In 2005 she began postgraduate training in endodontics at Dundee Dental Hospital and gained registration on the specialist endodontic list with the General Dental Council in 2009.

    She currently works as a lecturer in restorative dentistry at Dundee Dental Hospital and also runs postgraduate endodontic courses; it is her intention to run similar courses at Blackhills Clinic.

    Julie is happy to receive referrals for all endodontic problems including: de novo cases, root canal re-treatment, cases with persisting signs or symptoms, calcified and blocked canals, open apices, perforations, separated instruments, posts/fractured posts requiring removal and periradicular surgery.

    Julie brings the total number of registered specialists at Blackhills to six and can be contacted to receive referrals by letter, email ( ) or via our website online referral form click here. Please include a periapical radiograph with the referral if possible.

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  • October 01, 2010

    Great Honour for Blackhills Specialist

    In October 2010, Paul Stone accepted the position of President of the European Association for Osseointegration. The EAO is one of the most highly regarded implant associations in the world and has members in over 40 countries. The EAO intends to be the "leading voice in Europe for implant dentistry" and with over 3500 attendees at the recent annual scientific congress in Glasgow is probably already a reality.

    Paul Stone EAO PresidentPaul was Scientific Chairman for this international event which brought together clinicians from over 65 countries and an invited educational faculty of speakers and moderators from all over the world (including Hong Kong, Australia and the USA). The theme of the congress was ‘Controversies in Implant Dentistry' and as Paul explained:

    There are now many different methods of treatment, some with very little scientific evidence to support them. As the Scientific Chairman, I was very keen to bring some evidence-based solutions to show how much more information we now have about the most predictable ways to treat our patients."

    Colleagues can therefore be assured that their referred patients will be treated in a specialist environment with the most appropriate and well-documented methods available.

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  • May 20, 2010

    Staff wowed by Ashley Latter

    Ashley Latter -what an experience!! We hope all who took advantage of the free 2 hour "taster" on Thursday night felt that Ashley gave a first night performance and moved everyone "out of their box".

    Ashley as some of you may know has been providing help for dentists for many years as an "ethical selling coach". His background is in sales and marketing and his previous experience includes being a senior training coach for Dale Carnegie prior to venturing into the dental market. His seven point plan enables an improved uptake of treatment plans for patients and is a win win situation for patient and dentist.

    His course held over two days for the team at Blackhills went through various scenarios and examples of how to approach patients to find out what they really wanted. He suggested solutions for difficult situations and we divided into groups for "role play" to help practice listening and questioning techniques.

    He was entertaining and informative and we look forward to welcoming him back in May 2011 for updates and more advanced training.

    Look out for details of this course being advertised early in February.

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  • May 03, 2010

    Blackhills Clinic Newsletter May 2010

    Blackhills Clinic Newsletter May 2010

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  • August 01, 2009

    Blackhills Clinic Newsletter Summer 2009

    Blackhills Clinic Newsletter Summer 2009

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  • May 30, 2009

    Latest Award for Blackhills Clinic Team

    The dental publications full of news of different ‘awards’, so readers might be pleased to hear of the recent accolade won by the Blackhills team. In May, as part of the ongoing Blackhills continuing training, the clinic was closed for three days while all the staff and clinicians attended the National Congress of the Association for Dental Implantology (Paul Stone was also a member of the Congress Scientific committee).

    At the Gala Dinner, the theme of ‘all things American’ brought extravagant fancy dress, but none as eye catching as the whole of Blackhills Clinic, who scooped the coveted prize of ‘Most Outrageous Fancy Dress: Team Award’.

    The deliberate avoidance of all ‘industry awards’ has been part of the Blackhills philosophy, but perhaps this award is one worth bragging about!!

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  • November 15, 2008

    Marilou Ciantar joins Blackhills Clinic

    Marilou Ciantar is our Specialist Periodontist at Blackhills and she is happy to accept referrals for periodontal treatment.

    She is prepared to help establish treatment plans for periodontal patients, where the referring dentist is involved in the 'shared care' of their patients. Marilou has extensive expertise in all areas of periodontal treatment and can make a significant difference to the long term prognosis for many teeth.

    To help introduce herself to dental colleagues, Marilou is willing to arrange 'Lunch & Learn' events with practices or groups of practices.

    For further information, please contact Marilou at Blackhills.

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  • July 02, 2007

    Blackhills Installs 3D Cone Beam CT Scanner

    The arrival of the latest generation of CT scanners (the first in the country) has brought about a fundamental shift in the diagnosis and treatment planning for all patients. Scans are obtained in the clinic and reconstructed in three-dimensions in just a few seconds. The radiation dose is the lowest of any equivalent scanner (approximately just one conventional OPG radiograph), but the quality and quantity of information obtained provides extraordinary detail. Patient monitor screens in all surgeries allow the visualisation and discussion of the images, together with ‘virtual surgery’ for implant placement.

    The Sirona Galileos CT Scanner ( has been a major capital expenditure for the clinic, but all who use it are impressed by the contribution it makes to dental care. Dental practitioners from other practices are now sending patients to Blackhills for CT scans to assist with complex treatment planning. No additional software is required for this, as the 3D images include the necessary ‘viewer’ and are copied to a disk for immediate use by the referring clinician. Blackhills can also advise on the use of a specialist imaging company, where a Radiologist will report on the scan data obtained and assist where reconstruction and templates are required.

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