Posted on 17th September 2020
After graduating from the University of Otago in New Zealand, Ben moved to Sydney to work as a general dentist. “It was during this period of time I fell in love with prosthodontics, especially aesthetic dentistry, which is why I pursued a Masters in Prosthodontics at the University of Sydney,” Ben recalls. “After I graduated, I was very fortunate to find jobs with prominent clinicians in Sydney who become my mentors, and under their guidance I started practising as a prosthodontist.”
Ben will present his Prosthodontic Problems? Plan to Prevent Them! CPD course via Zoom on October 14.
In his course, Ben aims to share the common problems he sees in his own clinical work and in referrals.
“I thought it would be a great topic to discuss and focus on the common problems seen in everyday dentistry and then use that as an entry point to discuss what could have been done better or differently to prevent these problems from happening,” he explains. “What people can expect from the course is a good understanding of all the common problems in prosthodontics, the real causes behind these problems and what we can do to prevent them from happening.”
The course will cover patient assessment, tooth assessment, aesthetic assessment, occlusal assessment, parafunction management, bridge design and material selection – all with a learning outcome of improving risk factor analysis.
Ben says dentists want a predictable outcome when they treat a patient, because any rectification of a case takes time and comes with patient dissatisfaction. “Some patients are already anxious and scared enough of coming so I think a lot of dentists want a high level of predictability. The aim of the course is to learn from past mistakes and to improve predictability when carrying out those procedures,” he says.
Learning is clearly a passion for Ben, who juggles being an honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney, in addition to his CPD lecturing schedule, with his work at his referral-based specialist centre.
According to Ben, what he enjoys most about lecturing is the process of sharing. “At the end of the day, we are all products of our mentorship along the way,” he explains . “We have all been significantly shaped by people we aspire to, whether a clinical mentor or in our lives. I certainly have greatly benefited from my mentors and people who inspire me, so I want to share with others what I have learnt along the way and hopefully they can reduce or avoid some of the mistakes I made so it will improve the lives of their patients in a more predictable manner.”