Please allow me to introduce myself. I qualified as a general dentist in 1980, some 42 years ago. After some time in general practice both in the UK and other parts of the world, I began to look at the way I practised dentistry and ask myself “how can I get a better outcome?”. From the patient’s point of view, I think these days that there is a range of outcomes we can offer and my job as your dentist is to employ all our diagnostic resources to arrive at an agreed approach to deliver your desired result.
In my practising experience of 42 years, I have seen a great many developments and changes to the way dentistry is delivered. Of all of these, I think there are two that stand out. Dental implants and adhesive dentistry.
For more than twenty years dental implants have been standard practice in dentistry. I placed my first one in 1993. Before then the choices to replace missing teeth were either removable dentures or fixed bridgework. These choices are still valid, but most people wishing to replace a missing tooth want something solid, and so for most people these days the fixed dental implant has become the first choice.
Adhesive dentistry allows us to literally stick materials to the usually wet surface of the tooth, the enamel, so effectively that the material or the tooth will break off before the bond fails. Of course, the skill in using these materials lies in controlling the forces that act on them so that neither the dentistry nor the tooth is overloaded.
In the year 2000, I obtained a distinction in the Diploma of Restorative Dentistry at the prestigious Eastman Dental Institute in London.
In 2004 we moved to Australia and in time I established a modern dental practice in Townsville serving all elements of the community. It was here that I did my best work and developed the skill to use the modern system of digital dentistry using dental restorations milled from solid ceramic blocks that are then bonded to the tooth structure. Perhaps you will have heard of it as “Cerec”. This requires another totally different technique. Now we can create a total mouth rehabilitation using this technique in a fraction of the time and discomfort and at less cost than used to be required.
I very much look forward to meeting you.
Dr Nick Cliff