Dental Asia Mar/Apr 2019

Under the Spotlight MARCH / APRIL 2019 DENTAL ASIA 19 P rosthodontics has continued to evolve as a multidisciplinary field of dentistry which involves fixed and removable prosthesis, ma x i l l o f a c i a l p r o s t he s i s , implants and aesthetic dentistry. Nowadays, modern prosthodontics utilises all innovative solutions to meet all patients needs. Dental Asia sat down with one of our advisory board members, Dr.ChristopherHo,aleadingSydney-based prosthodontist, to know more about his beginnings, advice for practice owners, his thoughts on digital dentistry, his advocacy on continuing education and how he balances work and life. Dr. Christopher Ho is a prosthodontist and the founder and principal of CARE Dentistry. He has completed his Bachelors of Dental Surgery with first class honours, a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Implant Dentistry), Doc t o r a t e i n C l i n i c a l Den t i s t r y (Prosthodontics) from the University of Sydney, and also a Masters of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) with Distinction from Kings College London. He is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, a national and international lecturer. Dr. Ho has held faculty positions with the University of Sydney, the Global Institute for Dental Education, Academy of Dental Excellence and is a Visiting Lecturer at Kings College London. Working in a referral-based practice in implants and prosthodontics, Dr. Ho is a highly active member of the dental community, and was a former Oral B (Proctor andGamble)MediaSpokesperson in Australia. He has published in dental journals and several chapters in textbooks, and is the editor of the Wiley-Blackwell textbook ‘Practical Procedures in Aesthetic Dentistry’. Kindly discuss your beginnings as a dental professional. Did you always dream of being a dentist and why? During my teenage years, I wore braces and spent a lot of time visiting my orthodontist and grew to know him well. His practice was busy, he had great taste in art and it seemed he enjoyed his profession with the constant and numerous interactions he had with his patients, myself included. My family always had the highest respect for dentists and I always remembered my visits with our family dentist, who had a great demeanour - this influenced and shaped my career inspirations. With this in mind, I originally wanted to be an orthodontist but eventually chose to specialise in prosthodontics as it is the specialty where clinicians lead a treatment plan as the so called “captain of the ship”. Oftentimes, dentistry involves a multidisciplinary treatment and the prosthodontist directs other specialties while working various other stages of treatment. Hence, cases that are referred to prosthodontists are normally more complex or ones that have gone wrong and we not only help in restoring patient’s function and smile but also give back their self-esteem and confidence. For me, transforming patients’ lives is one of the most rewarding experiences in practice. Aside from prosthodontics, I have a great interest in surgery. About 90% of my practice is related to implant therapy which entails a significant amount in implant surgeries. I like to incorporate perio-plastic surgery in my approach to enhance my final results with soft tissue aesthetics which I have learned from my colleagues, who are periodontists, as I strive to continually achieve perfection in my practice. Being established in the dental industry, what advice could you give other practice owners? Budding practice owners should focus on building a great team and getting systems in place to provide a high level of service to their patients. I have always considered that the little things count, from ensuring how a greeting is made on the phone to how patients are introduced to the practice. Good examples are how airlines or fine hotels address their patrons and deliver a great service. Furthermore they need to have a marketing plan in place to bring patients through the door to experience a level of dentistry they have not been used to. One of my tips is to provide patients something that they have never experienced before. Maybe this might be an intra-oral camera, or using intra-oral DSLR photographs and sitting patients up rather than supine in non-threatening manner, where patients can sit and discuss treatment. It might be the use of smile design applications that allow patients to visualise treatment, or the use of Wand local anaesthetic that can provide a virtually painless injection. Interviewed by Ms. Jamie Tan PASSIONATELY STRIVING TO BE THE BEST IN DENTISTRY - Dr. Christopher Ho Specialist Prosthodontist, Founder of CARE Dentistry