Over the years dentistry has developed divisions. One of the greatest divides has been between traditional functional dentistry and so-called “cosmetic” practices. But do our patients want or expect just one or the other? I do not believe so and my experience is that our patients expect both to be delivered at the same time. We now have a population who want to look their best and keep their teeth for a lifetime and with the advent of new techniques and materials our patient’s goals can usually be met. We also need to realise that our patient’s dental needs are changing – as they keep their teeth longer, some dentitions are simply wearing out. Add to that a generation that has been “drilled and filled” and we have a difficult problem to solve. Wear, tooth surface loss, “occlusal disease” – however we choose to describe it – we must learn to diagnose and treat it in the same way we have learnt to evaluate traditional dental disease. A comprehensive assessment will allow more treatment to be carried out with longer – lasting, more predictable results. Happier patients and less stress all round!
Liverpool born Ian qualified from Liverpool University in 1985. He has over 30 years experience in general practice both in the Private sector and with the National Health Service. He runs an Interdisciplinary Practice in the picturesque village of Thornton Hough on the Wirral, Buckle Advanced Dental Care www.buckleadc.com concentrating on comprehensive reconstructive, aesthetic and implant dentistry.
Ian is Director of The Dawson Academy UK www.bdseminars.com and teaches dentists around the world the foundations of ‘Complete Dentistry’ as taught by The Dawson Academy founder, Pete Dawson. He is involved directly with the hands on courses of the Core Curriculum, seminars, & study clubs and provides continuing education to dental professionals across Europe.
He also lectures nationally and internationally on functional and aesthetic dentistry. He spends approximately two-thirds of his time in practice and the other third as an educator. He believes this balance keeps him on the leading edge of both disciplines.
He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), British Dental Association (BDA) and Association of Dental Implantology (ADI)
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