Dr Frank Spear at BACD Annual Conference

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BACD Annual Conference 2022: ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’

The organisers of the BACD Annual Conference 2022 say: “The BACD is delighted to announce an exceptional, world-renowned clinician as the headline speaker for this year – Dr Frank Spear. Dr Spear has earned both his dental degree from the University of Washington in 1979, and an MSD in periodontal prosthodontics in 1982.

“He has also been rewarded with numerous accolades, including the Christensen Award for Excellence in Restorative Education from the Chicago Dental Society, the Saul Schluger Memorial Award for Excellence in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning from the Seattle Study Club and the first ever Charles Pincus – Ronald Goldstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Esthetic Dentistry.

“He’ll be presenting his talk, “Integrating Minimally Invasive Concepts in Complex Treatment Plans”, for the whole day.”

Here Dr Spear shares his insights about the event and his talk.

Typically, when we think about minimally invasive concepts, we think about tiny burrs or no-tooth preparation or minimal-tooth preparation. But I’m not going to be talking about that, instead I’m taking the overall concept that drives minimally invasive dentistry.

The person who I think distilled it the best for me was a dentist who was a hero for many people in the US in the 60s and 70s, named Bob Barkley. Bob was a preeminent restorative dentist, and he wrote this wonderful book which contains my favourite quote, ‘The goal of dentistry is to make the patient worse at the slowest possible rate’.

I really think this is the core goal of introducing minimally invasive concepts, asking ourselves the question, how do we treat patients who have more complicated problems, but make them worse at the slowest possible rate?
We’re going to be talking about topics like significant apical resorption, internal resorption, external resorption, ankylosis and horizontal root fracture.

I’ll also be discussing patients who have existing maxillary anterior fixed partial dentures – in this scenario, the abutment teeth have already been prepared and the question is do you consider converting them to an implant and single crown, or do we give them another fixed partial denture? And how do we make these kinds of decisions?

So, these are the kinds of topics that I’ll cover throughout the day – it’s going to be a really fun day for me to present and I’m very excited. We’ve also been joking a bit back and forth about playing some golf at The Celtic Manor Resort, and whether to have a mini dental Ryder Cup of US vs UK, but I think we’ll wait and see what the weather will be like. I look forward to seeing you all at this year’s event.

Don’t forget to mark the date – 10th-12th November 2022 – and to take part in one of the most highly-anticipated dental events of the year visit www.bacd.com