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Dentistry Scotland reports on Duncan Robertson’s move to Clyde Munro.

Implant pioneer Dr Duncan Robertson, founder and leader of Fairmilehead Dental Practice & Implant Centre in the capital, has joined Clyde Munro, which now has around 50 practices.

Rapidly-growing dental group Clyde Munro has made a breakthrough acquisition. They aim to drive both its growth and plans to roll out greater implant expertise in Edinburgh and the east of Scotland.

Under pressure

Duncan saw the deal complete in just eight weeks. He will become a crucial member of Clyde Munro’s clinical development team for at least two years. The focus is on growing the group’s expertise in advanced dentistry and implantology across the east of Scotland.

He said dentists across the country are increasingly feeling the pressure of running their businesses in the face of greater regulation and compliance. At the same time, they are still trying to do what they really love – treating patients. Lockdown has exacerbated those issues.

The accomplished implantologist added: ‘I spoke to a number of dental groups to weigh up whether the practice could benefit from joining a larger organisation. 

‘Clyde Munro stood out for its ambition to provide a network of Scottish-based family dentists. All are given the support to provide the very best dental care while retaining their individual character. 

‘They were impressed by our expertise in providing a broad spectrum of quality and family dental care. Along with more complex restorative and implant treatments. We will now have a central role in implant treatments for other Clyde Munro practices in Edinburgh and surrounding areas. 

‘This is incredibly important to me. For 20 years I have been utterly fascinated by every aspect of this treatment. It has revolutionised dentistry and continues to do so.

Efficient process

Working with selling agents Christie & Co, which specialises in the sale of dental practices, the entire acquisition process took just two months, a timescale which has impressed many across the sector. 

Duncan added: ‘It’s a fantastic reflection on the efficiency and organisation of my practice team. The quiet months of January and February provided the ideal opportunity to most efficiently complete a process that normally takes much longer.

‘Many of the people who walk through the doors have become my friends as well as patients as we have treated them and their family members over the years.’

Fairmilehead Dental Practice & Implant Centre has been at its current location since 2003. It has 3,000 private patients and treats children on the NHS too. The team includes three dentists, two hygienists, six nurses and four receptionists and a practice coordinator.