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  Posted by: The Probe      1st May 2020

Even the most beautiful paintings need a frame. This is the finishing touch to any work of art and the element that completes and elevates it, presenting it to the audience in the best possible light. If the Mona Lisa was framed by cheap plastic, would we think it as beautiful as if it were presented in an elegant and ornate frame? This same concept applies within cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Some practitioners focus on treating the teeth (the white) and overlook the gingiva (the pink), but both of these elements need to be considered in order to achieve the best aesthetic outcome.

Dr Elizabeth Bakeman will be exploring this topic in depth at this year’s BACD Annual Conference, which will take place at the EICC in the heart of Edinburgh. Dr Bakeman maintains a full-time private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the Kois Centre in Seattle, Washington. She is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. Moreover, she is an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), of which she is also currently President.

With a commitment to helping other practitioners achieve clinical excellence, Dr Bakeman has been the Section Editor for Compendium and the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, and continues to serve on several other editorial boards. In addition, she publishes and lectures on comprehensive dentistry and periodontal plastic surgery in the aesthetic zone. As the recipient of the AACD’s 2013 Award for Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry Education, Dr Bakeman makes a fantastic addition to the speaker line-up at the BACD’s Seventeenth Annual Conference. She will be exploring how to evaluate and manage soft tissue architecture in order to achieve optimal aesthetics.

“Over the past few decades, aesthetics has increasingly motivated patients to seek treatment,” she says. “Aesthetics is also the criteria under which many patients evaluate treatment outcomes. Practitioners with knowledge and a solid skillset in relation to the restorative/periodontal interface are best placed to satisfy patients’ increasing aesthetic demands.

“Healthy, ideally positioned and symmetrical gingival architecture enhances beautiful dentition. With proper diagnosis, treatment planning and minor orthodontic and surgical training, the restorative dentist can predictably deliver the best results. Knowing where to place restorative margins in order to avoid open cervical embrasures, red and puffy gingival tissues, as well as exposed margins is key to optimising the treatment outcome. Providing this standard of care enables the restorative dentist to refine his or her diagnostic skills, maintain greater control over treatment and increase patient satisfaction.”

Through research and case examples, Dr Bakeman will look at the key principles for managing soft tissue architectures that facilitate highly aesthetic, natural-looking restorations. She aims to engage with delegates about the advantages and disadvantages of different techniques available for manipulating soft tissue in cosmetic and restorative cases.

“I will be providing information that is helpful for every dentist and dental technician to know in order to increase treatment predictability and reduce stress,” she says. “Ultimately, pink aesthetics matter!”

Dr Bakeman will be among many other incredible speakers at the highly anticipated BACD Annual Conference. Here, delegates will be treated to a phenomenal three-day programme of lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops, combined with the chance to explore an eclectic tradeshow, where many leading brands will be demonstrating the latest dental technology and materials available. Held at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday evening of the event, the exclusive Gala Dinner will also provide the ideal space for delegates to relax with friends and colleagues, whilst networking with some of the industry’s most distinguished professionals.

The wide range of social and educational opportunities at this prestigious event will allow delegates to sample cutting-edge products, explore new ideas and concepts, and share their passion for beautiful cosmetic dentistry among likeminded individuals. The Annual Conference ultimately embodies the BACD’s goal of creating a highly inclusive and dynamic learning environment.

“I have heard great things about the BACD and know some of the esteemed Academy members who also attend the AACD’s Annual Scientific Session,” adds Dr Bakeman. “I haven’t yet attended a BACD Annual Conference, but I’m looking forward to this year’s event, where I will be able to network with knowledgeable, motivated delegates. It’s an honour to be invited to speak here.”

Open to dental professionals of all backgrounds and levels of experience, the BACD Annual Conference offers a truly outstanding educational platform. Book your ticket to this unmissable event via the BACD website – Academy members benefit from preferential booking rates!

The BACD Seventeenth Annual Conference
‘Seeing Is Believing’
12th – 14th November 2020
Edinburgh, Scotland

For further enquiries about the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, visit

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