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  Posted by: The Probe      14th April 2021

The chance to connect, seek support and share ideas is more invaluable than ever before. That’s why many dental professionals are looking forward to joining this year’s BACD Annual Conference, which will be held at the EICC in Edinburgh. This exciting event is a welcome opportunity for you to not only expand your knowledge and hone your skills, but also to catch up with friends and colleagues within a safe, COVID-secure environment. As always, delegates will be treated to a fantastic line-up of speakers that includes world-renowned clinicians, Professor Nitzan Bichacho and Dr Mirela Feraru.

Prof Bichacho is Past President and a Life Member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED). He has published and lectured extensively worldwide in the field of dental implantology, fixed prosthodontics and innovative treatment modalities within aesthetic dentistry. From his private practice in Tel Aviv, Israel, Prof Bichacho collaborates with multinational clinicians and dental technicians. 

Having joined Prof Bichacho’s clinical team in 2009, Dr Feraru has gained an in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in perio-prosthetic aesthetic dentistry, focusing on restorative and perioplastic surgery treatments. She, too, publishes and lectures internationally on complex restorative procedures, as well as interdisciplinary perio-prosthetic concepts and treatments. Dr Feraru is also the author of the bestselling book, Dental Visualization, which was published by Quintessence Publishing in 2018.

Prof Bichacho and Dr Feraru make an exceptional speaker duo for this year’s BACD Annual Conference, where they will be leading a lecture entitled, “State-of-the-art Complex Esthetic Dental Treatments – Where Do We Stand?”. This presentation will detail the entire workflow for challenging aesthetic cases in the smile zone, from substrate evaluation and the decision-making process for appropriate material selection, to the proper adhesion protocol for different clinical situations.

“In the last few years, the aesthetic significance of dental treatments has become more important and plays a more central role in patients’ expectations,” says Prof Bichacho. “New materials and techniques have been developed to accommodate increasing aesthetic demands. Therefore, it is essential that every practitioner providing treatment in the smile zone is aware of and understands the available options, as well as the limitations of modern restorative procedures.”

During Prof Bichacho and Dr Feraru’s lecture, model-based restorations and cervical contouring will be thoroughly explored as fundamental tools when dealing with challenging aesthetic cases. Surgical and restorative approaches will also be discussed through case examples to ensure delegates develop a comprehensive understanding of the current limitations and the various options available in order to maximise the successful results of restored teeth and dental implant-based restorations in the smile zone.

“By the end of the lecture, delegates will have learned practical tips that can be implemented immediately in practice the next day,” says Dr Feraru. “We hope that delegates come to understand that in order to achieve the desired outcome, it is essential to plan the result and workflow before starting treatment.”

Prof Bichacho and Dr Feraru’s presentation promises to bring an insightful and inspiring close to the BACD Annual Conference. However, thought-provoking lectures will not be the only highlight of this highly anticipated event. Delegates can look forward to hands-on workshops and the chance to browse an eclectic tradeshow as well, where the latest and greatest products from industry-leading manufacturers will be available to sample.

An exclusive, black-tie Gala Dinner will also be taking place at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday evening of the Annual Conference, providing additional opportunities for delegates to network with likeminded individuals. Here, you will be treated to pre-dinner drinks in the Grand Gallery, followed by dinner and live entertainment with access to a free bar. Delegates are encouraged to book early for the Gala Dinner to avoid disappointment.

Reflecting on what he and Dr Feraru are most looking forward to about this year’s BACD Annual Conference, Prof Bichacho adds: “We are excited about the opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, share knowledge and enjoy the warm hospitality and impeccable education that the BACD has to offer.”

Dentistry has certainly faced its fair share of challenges since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. The BACD Annual Conference offers dental teams the chance to take a well-earned break from busy practice life to re-connect with peers and get up-to-date on the latest industry news and developments. To make sure you don’t miss out, visit the BACD website to secure your place – BACD members benefit from preferential booking rates.


The BACD Annual Conference

11th ­­– 13th November 2021


Edinburgh, Scotland


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