Richard Esgate, digital and laboratory specialist at Dental Directory, has been appointed to the International Digital Dental Academy (IDDA).
Esgate was selected from thousands of dental professionals to join the IDDA’s Dental Technicians Committee.
Founded by Dr Adam Nulty, Dr Chris Lefkaditis and Dr Patrik Zachrisson, the IDDA is made up of lecturers and trainers who specialise in the field of digital dentistry and aims to provide the very best expertise to its members.
Esgate, as a committee member, will now be available to share his experience with members through its training tools.
He said: “I was selected by the IDDA as one of only 30 professionals worldwide to join the committee. It’s quite an honour. Dental professionals from around the world can go to the IDDA and ask for advice on any aspect of digital dentistry, from what equipment to buy and how they can develop their offering through to general advice.
“It’s a great way to dispel the myths surrounding digital dentistry – there are quite a few – and offer peer to peer support. There are no sales pitches involved.”
Dr Adam Nulty, implant dental surgeon and one of the founders of the IDDA, said: “Before being asked to be a committee member for the IDDA, Richard has continually impressed us with his open, honest and fact-based advice he shares in person and on social media. He has an excellent knowledge of the materials and tools within digital dentistry and he will no doubt be eager to help formulate guidelines, protocols and general advice to dentists, technicians and auxiliaries alike.
“Beyond his knowledge, Richard is a genuinely nice and approachable person, an important personal strength needed to communicate well with those who are nervous about purchasing equipment that is generally quite an investment. Members of the IDDA will have Richard amongst those they can contact for advice and we are pleased to have him on board.”
Esgate brings to the IDDA more than 17 years of experience working within digital dentistry, a HND in Dental Technology and time served as a CAD CAM dental technician a Dental Directory’s facility PDS Dental Laboratory before joining the dental supplier in 2016 as a specialist advising customers.
Esgate added: “Digital dentistry is still considered cutting edge even though the technology has been around over 30 years.
“My role at Dental Directory, and now as a committee member of the IDDA is to breakdown some of hesitation dental professionals have about digital dentistry and show just how valuable it can be to their practices and their patients.”