BACD Accreditation: The keys to success – Julian Caplan

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  Posted by: Dental Design      1st October 2018



As a world-renowned expert in CAD/CAM dentistry, Dr Julian Caplan utilises this technology in all aspects of day-to-day dentistry he provides for his patients. He is excited to be joining Dr Oliver Harman on stage at this year’s British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) Annual Conference, where they will provide professional insight on the benefits of becoming BACD Accredited.

“There are many reasons as to why it is worth going through the process of BACD Accreditation,” says Dr Caplan. “As practitioners know, the General Dental Council (GDC) is very keen on reflection following a learning programme. Reflection is one of the key aspects of BACD Accreditation, as the process involves presenting five specific cases to examiners, prompting candidates to focus their attention on a number of different treatment elements.

“These range from research-led treatment planning options and recognised treatment techniques, to organisational challenges and the practical collation of all the information into the format required by examiners. This may seem too large a hurdle to jump, but during our session at the BACD Annual Conference, Dr Harman and I will look at a range of cases and provide delegates with easy-to-follow guidelines on how to be successful.”

As a leading authority in the dental community, Dr Caplan is one of a handful of dentists in Britain who remain a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has travelled the world to attend several dental courses, learning from grandmasters of cosmetic dentistry in the USA and across Europe. Having lectured at the World Aesthetic Conference and across the globe on the benefits of CEREC dentistry, he is keen to share his knowledge on how to use revolutionary CAD/CAM technology in order to fabricate crowns and veneers in a single patient visit.

Dr Caplan lectures internationally and mentors other practitioners throughout the UK – helping them refine their skills in smile design and cosmetic dentistry. Being one of few dentists to achieve BACD Accreditation, Dr Caplan is ideally placed to offer delegates professional advice and guidance on the subject.

Speaking about his upcoming session at the BACD Annual Conference, he adds: “Delegates will gain up-to-date information on the protocols involved with Accreditation and the essential skills required in order to complete certain cases successfully. Dr Harman and I will look at how candidates should analyse faults in their work and how to complete reports correctly, especially in regards to referencing. We will also explore a range of photographic techniques that will enable examiners to accurately assess the quality of work presented.

“The key to this is to have a standard photographic protocol to help in recording initial presentation, treatment planning, presenting the proposed treatment plans to patients, communicating with dental technicians, and recording results achieved at the end of treatment. This photographic skill will have a positive effect on achieving greater patient acceptance, providing a bank of beautiful before-and-after photographs that can be used to demonstrate what is possible. Hopefully, this will motivate patients and lead to a substantial improvement in business profits.

“Motivated practitioners all aspire to reach ‘the next level’ within their careers and as part of everyday practice. BACD Accreditation is a wonderful programme that enables dentists to do this and to improve their confidence so that they are able to reach the heights of clinical excellence.”

Speaking about the BACD and its celebrated Annual Conference, Dr Caplan says: “I have been involved with the BACD for fifteen years and in that time, my peers and I have made substantial progress within clinical practice. We have also come on leaps and bounds from a business position and a management point of view – thanks to the support of the BACD community. Discussing issues we have at social events should not be underestimated as one of the most useful aspects of BACD membership. As an organisation, the Academy is very inclusive and everyone is welcome, whether they are an experienced practitioner, professor, dental student, or someone in between.

“As there are so many dental conferences held throughout the year, it can be difficult to choose which ones to attend. However, the BACD Annual Conference provides an astounding educational programme that is practical and research based, offering dentists the tools to improve patient care and extend the services that they are able to offer patients. If you want to reignite your passion for dentistry, the BACD Annual Conference helps foster a positive mental attitude for the challenges that may follow in the year ahead.”

Get involved with an exciting programme of hands-on workshops, engaging lectures, an exclusive Gala Dinner, and the chance to explore a diverse tradeshow. Visit the BACD website today to book your ticket to one of the dental calendar’s most anticipated events – you won’t want to miss out.

The BACD Fifteenth Annual Conference 2018
‘The Functional Smile: Start With Why…’
8th – 10th November 2018
Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Kensington, London

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