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through the keyhole
Dentists spend most of their waking hours working in practice, and don't
get many opportunities to see inside other dentists' surgeries.
DentaltownUK's recurring feature takes you through the keyhole into
surgeries in the UK and around the world. You'll meet the dentists and their
teams, see the practices and learn about what has made it work for them.
THROUGH THE KEYHOLE-SURGERY: HOME (LEICESTER)
ABOUT THE DENTIST:
Introduce yourself and tell us
about what made you pursue
a career in dentistry.
I'm Dr. Alif Moosajee, the principal
dentist at Oakdale Dental in Leicester. I wrote
a book called The Smiling Dentist, a jargon-free
guide for patients to help them understand
their mouths better. (All proceeds from the
book go to dental charity Bridge2Aid.)
As with all young Indian lads, my parents
decided that I was either going to be a doctor
or a lawyer. When I was in year 10 we did
work experience, and it was arranged that
I'd have one week at a magistrate's court and
one week at a doctor's practice. They weren't
able to get me into a GP surgery, so they
must've thought, 'Just put him in a dental
practice-he'll never know the difference!' I
absolutely loved it. That day, I set my sights
on becoming a dentist.
If you hadn't become a dentist, what
job would you have had?
Just before A-level results day, I remember
convincing myself that I wasn't going to
get the requisite grades for dental school. I
decided that my fallback would be chemical
engineering, because I quite enjoyed doing
chemistry. I only very recently found out
that chemical engineering doesn't really have
that much to do with chemistry!
Which university did you study at,
and what qualifications do you
I studied at Birmingham and graduated
with a BDS in 2004.
What are your particular interests
and skills in dentistry?
I love digital dentistry and implant
Who has had the biggest
influence in your career?
My parents have been massively influential. Neither of them is a dentist; my dad is
a teacher, but his thirst for knowledge and
pursuit of self-improvement set me upon a
path where I question everything and seek
to find knowledge for my own improvement.
About 10 years ago I came across a
fantastic oral surgeon, Dr. Colin Campbell, in
Nottingham when he was speaking at one of
the dental shows for Carestream. I've stalked
him, asked questions of him relentlessly and
quite frankly made myself a bit of a nuisance
to him, but I am massively grateful for all
that I've learnt from him.
What could you not work without?
My Cerec machine and my loupes. About
a year ago, I bought myself 5x magnification, and I cannot see your teeth properly
What's your favourite
procedure to carry out?
I love doing Cerec procedures, no matter
if they're tooth-bourne restorations, implantbourne restorations or planning guided
implant surgery. I just love using it!
Are you involved in any
organisations or societies?
I am a massive believer in dental education
and converted the top floor of my practice
into a purpose-built educational facility. Since
then, I've become the study club director
for Dentinal Tubules in Leicester and for
the International Team for Implantology.
What's the biggest problem or
challenge in dentistry today?
One of the two biggest challenges we
face is being trapped either in or around an
NHS system that continues to want more
for less. The other problem is the current
medicolegal climate where the game is been
FEBRUARY 2018 // dentaltownuk.com
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of DentaltownUK February 2018
Mike Gow: Contracts & the Hit Man
Message Board: Predictable Marginal Ridge
Dr. Harry Singh’s Financial Freedom Formula
Private Removable Prosthetics
Message Board: Large Composite Restorations
Quiz: Name that Oral Lesion!
The Boxing Dentist
Don't Make Assumptions
A Combined Digital Orthodontic and Restorative Approach
To Fill or Restore?
Back to Birmingham: BDC & Dentistry Show 2018
Spin Me Right Round: Crown Preparations
Through the Keyhole-Dr. Alif Moosajee
Wish List-Dr. Yogi B. Savania
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Cover
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - Mike Gow: Contracts & the Hit Man
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Howard Speaks
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - Message Board: Predictable Marginal Ridge
DentaltownUK February 2018 - Dr. Harry Singh’s Financial Freedom Formula
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - Private Removable Prosthetics
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - Message Board: Large Composite Restorations
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - Quiz: Name that Oral Lesion!
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - The Boxing Dentist
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - Don't Make Assumptions
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - A Combined Digital Orthodontic and Restorative Approach
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - To Fill or Restore?
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - Back to Birmingham: BDC & Dentistry Show 2018
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - Temporomandibular Joint
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - Spin Me Right Round: Crown Preparations
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - Through the Keyhole-Dr. Alif Moosajee
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DentaltownUK February 2018 - Wish List-Dr. Yogi B. Savania
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