An example of case management of restoration of a failing dentition with fixed teeth using dental implants
to pick up the tab for cheap botched work and there has to be some recognition there. I’ve had patients come to me that have paid something like 20 or 30 per cent of the standard cost of, for instance, comprehensive veneers and expected me to put it right. On the domestic stage, we are also seeing high street stores offering limited dental services – tooth whitening, for instance. There needs to be greater regulation in that regard. Often these places aren’t licensed nearly as much as they should be, and the products they’re using are potentially catastrophically damaging. The rising demand for cheaper procedures, I think, we can blame in part on social media. Just as it creates unrealistic ideals with regards to body image, so does it affect people’s relationships with how their teeth look. Undoubtedly the largest concern with patients of today, however, is just how few people actually go to the dentist. In the UK, latest estimates are as low as 50 per cent. That’s just staggering. No ifs, ands or buts: that needs to change if the dental health of our nation is to improve. A closer relationship with medicine We are working closely with Warwick University on designing a dental diagnostic initiative, and we have a patent pending on a piece of specialist
dental equipment we can’t go into further detail about. There is no doubt, however: as technological change continues to quicken, dentistry and medicine will be more closely entwined than ever before. One thing I hope will change is how human-centred general dental practice is. Historically, it’s been about fitting people into processes – really, that should be the other way around. Patients should get dental treatment at their pace, and their experience should be an essential part of how the sector operates. At Mark Tangri Dental Excellence, we say that we’re “putting the mouth back in the body”. We’re trying to kill that old-school “drilling mentality” and we know that prevention is better than cure. It saves everyone a great deal of time and money – and with our patients alone, we are seeing the state of things improve rapidly.
Patients should get dental treatment at their pace, and their experience should be an essential part of how the sector operates
2019 graduation from Harvard Medical School in surgical leadership