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UK Dentistry Moving Ahead

October 16th, 2007 · No Comments

Last Wednesday, I flew to the UK and spoke to the British Society of Occlusal Studies (BSOS). Roy Higson runs the group and has almost single-handedly provided occlusal courses in the UK for the past 25 years.

Ten or 15 years ago, in the US, cosmetic dentistry emerged, and we had Dawson, Pankey, and other educational institutions that focused on traditional occlusal-based training. In the past 5 years, occlusal educators have begun to offer cosmetics – and on the flips side, cosmetics teachers now offer courses on occlusion. This is just happening in the UK, with cosmetics emerging over the last 5 years. However, they have already implemented a comprehensive approach involving both cosmetic and occlusal principals.

I’ve been to the UK many times to teaching dentists primarily interested in esthetics, but this was my first opportunity to speak to experts on occlusion. Their interest and energy is great. The BSOS is inline with what we teach at Dawson and Pankey – a centric relation/anterior guidance approach that is predictable and works well. The UK will implement more of the cosmetics into treatment plans with an occlusal focus, so I doubt they will have the learning curve we had in the states.

Along this line, the Dawson center is now considering offering hotel courses with Seminar I & II in the UK. We may even open a facility to provide hands-on training – so stay tuned.

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