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  Posted by: Dental Design      5th April 2024

Taking time to connect with colleagues, peers and new friends in a stimulating environment is a precious thing in today’s fast-moving world. Sharing clinical research, problem-solving techniques and practical knowledge can open doors, both professionally and personally. Networking can provide informal and formal learning experiences, and professionals can develop lasting relationships with peers, mentors and mentees. 

Highlights from the all-new BACD Aesthetic Theatre at BDIA Dental Showcase 2024

This spring, BDIA Dental Showcase presented another phenomenal opportunity for the best and brightest working in dentistry today to socialise, present new ideas, test products and learn from each other. The showcase didn’t disappoint, unveiling hot new products, exploring new research and offering enhanced CPD, all in the aid of raising standards of oral care.

This year, BDIA Dental Showcase was proud to present a schedule of informative lectures at the brand-new BACD Aesthetic Theatre, sponsored by the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD). The BACD has been a community of members, including dentists, technicians, other team members and students with a shared commitment to clinical excellence in ethical cosmetic dentistry for 20 years.

Highlights in the BACD Aesthetic Theatre included talks about immediate implant placement and loading by Dr Christopher Leech, anterior adhesive aesthetics by Dr Shiraz Khan, and the ortho-restorative workflow by Dr Jenni Rawes, among many others.

Trade Director for the BACD, Doug Watt, kicked off proceedings with an excellent introduction to best practice in digital smile design. Doug is a prize-winning restorative dentist with a special interest in digital dentistry, and he presented a comprehensive workflow for the best clinical outcomes, including ways to improve patients’ understanding of treatment options. Doug presented methods to ensure patients’ smile designs were aesthetically pleasing, discussing optimal ratios and axial inclination. He presented useful strategies to ensure patients are fully informed through visualisation techniques as well being able to physically experience options with the latest in 3D printing technology.

Dental surgeon and former BACD President, Chris McConnell (pictured left), continued the digital dentistry theme in an engaging talk about digitally guided veneers. Chris outlined the features of some exciting new materials available in the field, and, like Doug, stressed the advantages of digital dentistry in managing patient expectations, as well as securing patient participation and informed consent in the process of designing an improved smile.

Neil Gerrard (pictured right) is an award-winning dentist with a special interest in complex rehabilitation. He is a board-member, examiner and Fellow of the BACD, and spoke about predictable crown-lengthening for the GDP in daily practice. Neil demonstrated techniques in detail using clear and pertinent examples; including correction of biological width invasion, aesthetic treatment of microdontia, and creating level gingival margins. Throughout the lecture, Neil stressed the health benefits of crown-lengthening treatment as well as the profound improvement in aesthetics.

Rocio Lazo has been a Specialist Paediatric Dentist for over 20 years, and presented detailed information (with the help of a 1980s soundtrack and some stuffed animals), on the use of new bioactive materials in minimally invasive dentistry. Rocio investigated the use of exciting new biomimetic formulations that are effective in treating molar incisor hypomineralisation, and facilitate the regeneration of affected dentine to treat dental caries.

Responses to the talks were highly positive. As Angela Mohammed from Deddington Dental said:

“[Rocio was a] fantastic lecturer. I’ve been practising for 10 years, and I still learned so much!”

Another attendee said, praising the talk by Chris McConnell:

“Great talk…a good overall overview. Interesting to watch.”

Helen Paisley from Community Dental Services CIC praised the quality of the talks she attended as part of the BDIA programme, and was pleased by the stands and the venue. She said of the event:

“The venue is excellent. I have attended the event over both days and found the stands to be excellent, with brilliant networking!”

The BACD Aesthetic Theatre at BDIA Dental Showcase this year was a prime example of the benefits of affiliation with organisations that promote excellence. Not only did the programme offer valuable CPD delivered by experts, it enabled people to meet and discuss their interests, queries and concerns with like-minded people.

Save the date 

BDIA Dental Showcase 2025

14th-15th March

ExCeL London



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