It’s not all about clinical treatment – Dr Richard Porter BDA Conference Dentistry Show

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  Posted by: Dental Design      1st May 2018



As important as it is to deliver clinically excellent dental treatment, there are other considerations involved. A patient’s reasons for seeking dental care might be more emotional than anything else and so establishing their motivations is key to ensuring their expectations are met.

This is something that Dr Richard Porter believes passionately in. Dr Porter is a private practitioner and a Consultant in Restorative and Implant Dentistry at St. George’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London. As a registered specialist in prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontology and restorative dentistry, Dr Porter has a wealth of experience in many different areas of dentistry.

He will be sharing his expertise at the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2018, where he will be speaking in the BDA Theatre on Friday 18th May. His session, entitled “Ethical restorative strategies which empathise and manage the psychological and emotional motivations of the patient”, will look beyond clinical indications for treatment.

“It is important to understand the emotions behind each and every patient’s request for treatment,” says Dr Porter. “Patients may enquire about cosmetic improvements, tooth replacement or improving function. The reasons for these requests may seem superficially obvious but the deeper motivations behind them may be highly emotive or unexpected. It is therefore vital – as part of consent and to provide the ‘right’ treatment to the desired level – that the real emotional wishes of each patient are understood.

“The main challenges that every dentist faces are managing time and money whilst never compromising on quality of care. Patient expectations are seemingly ever-increasing and other pressures on dentists are increasing at the same time. On top of all that there is no, nor has there ever been, any fiscal reward for extra kindness or compassion. We therefore need to find a way of ensuring these things are not lost.”

During his lecture in the BDA Theatre, Dr Porter will explore the balance between perfect dentistry and ethical care. He will share an array of clinical case presentations to demonstrate the power of appearance and discuss how to determine the ‘right thing to do’. Dr Porter adds:

“Regardless of what bureaucracy is introduced into dentists’ lives, what level of regulation, what pressures and whatever the media may say about the dental profession, the individual personal and professional relationship between a dentist and their patient is worth more than it all. Taking the time and effort to get to know and understand your patient offers a depth of professional relationship that is immune to external pressures. Patients who believe that they have been listened to and understood, offer loyalty and treatment outcomes are likely to be both more effective and more highly appreciated.”

Joining Dr Porter to complete the impressive speaker line-up in the BDA Theatre will be Didier Dietschi, Koray Feran, Siobhan Barry, Claire Field, Niek Opdam, Tidu Mankoo, Charlotte Stilwell, Mark Singh, Bhupinder Dawett and Arshad Ali. Make sure you don’t miss out and register today!


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The British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show 2018 will be held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with DTS.


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