Challenging the traditional dogmas of dentistry


  Posted by: Dental Design      13th May 2020

The prestige and class of the BACD Seventeenth Annual Conference will have to be seen to be believed. Dental professionals of all ages and experiences are invited to Edinburgh for an unmissable three-day event at the EICC. Here, delegates can pick the brains of industry experts during inspiring lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops. In addition, clinicians will be able to browse a fantastic exhibition, where members of the trade are available to demonstrate the latest and most innovative products and services on offer.

Friday evening of the Annual Conference will also provide the chance for delegates to relax and enjoy the splendours of the Gala Dinner. This exclusive event will take place at the National Museum of Scotland, with pre-dinner drinks giving you the opportunity to explore the exquisite artefacts displayed in the Grand Gallery. Live entertainment and a decadent dinner will follow, where you will be able to catch up with friends and colleagues, whilst networking with leaders from the profession.

Dr Anthony Mak is an esteemed clinician who will be crossing continents on his long journey from Australia to the UK for the BACD Annual Conference. He runs two practices in metropolitan Sydney that focus on modern and quality comprehensive care, including aesthetic and implant dentistry. He is a clinical consultant and key opinion leader for several global dental companies, with an interest in dental technologies and advances in materials and techniques. Dr Mak also has a unique understanding of CAD/CAM dentistry.

As one of the profession’s most sought-after speakers – particularly within the field of digital and restorative dentistry – Dr Mak has lectured extensively across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. His hands-on workshops have gained such popularity that they are almost sold out soon after registrations open. There’s no doubt that this will be a similar story with Dr Mak’s hands-on workshop at the Annual Conference.

During this session, Dr Mak will present a novel injection technique for composite restorations that provides a precise and predictable method for translating a diagnostic wax-up or a pre-existing diagnostic model into composite restorations by utilising highly filled flowable materials. This course will complement an insightful lecture that Dr Mak will also be delivering on the second day of the Annual Conference.

“Digital dentistry and the science of dental materials are evolving and improving at an exponential rate,” he says. “However, within a vast marketplace of digital technology and dental materials, finding the right workflow to use these solutions can be painstaking and very costly. I’m keen to outline the possibilities and share the options available to clinicians who are ready to dive into this new field. My ideology is that digital dentistry is not a tool or a piece of equipment – it is an approach to modern dentistry.

“Traditional dogmas of analogue dentistry will be challenged during my sessions at the BACD Annual Conference, where I will be exploring aesthetic restorations in anterior teeth. This will involve looking at how careful planning, modern technologies and good material selection can ensure a simplified workflow for delivering highly aesthetic results in what used to be considered a complex area of dentistry. The focus of my sessions will be on using direct composites and indirect ceramics in combination with digital dentistry to achieve excellent aesthetics.

“I hope delegates realise that aesthetic restorations can be achieved through conservative approaches that preserve the natural tooth structure. We should all be considering more minimally invasive approaches to restorative dentistry by using modern dental materials and techniques. I encourage delegates at the Annual Conference to have an open mind. It is always great to see how leaders within our profession can achieve amazing treatment results. However, to see what a fellow general dental practitioner can achieve will hopefully inspire delegates and demonstrate what is possible within the realm of general practice.”

The BACD is delighted to welcome other internationally-renowned speakers to the Annual Conference. These include Professor Daniel Edelhoff, as well as Drs Gurvinder Bhirth, Andrew Chandrapal, Amanda Seay, Ian Buckle, Minesh Patel, Elizabeth Bakeman, Miguel Stanley, Roberto Abundo, Mark Bowes, Howie Gluckman, Christopher Orr, Stephane Reinhardt, and Karla Soto.

“So far, I am very impressed by the BACD and how they have created a tailored, world-class educational programme for the Annual Conference,” adds Dr Mak. “This event will be the first I have attended, but I can already see that the education it offers will be amazing. I’m really looking forward to being part of the event, where I will be learning, sharing my knowledge, and making new friends among colleagues from within the profession.”  

Ticket booking for the Annual Conference is now open, so be sure to visit the BACD website to secure your place.


The BACD Seventeenth Annual Conference

‘Seeing Is Believing’

12th – 14th November 2020


Edinburgh, Scotland


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