A message from our President….

May I begin by saying that it is a great privilege to have recently been appointed as the President of the Society- this is a position in which I am both humbled and honoured to hold.

This role comes at a time of great transition and transformation, as we collectively attempt to increase the Society’s profile whilst enthusing graduates and other younger members of our profession. Throughout my term, I will strive to do all I can to infuse this new generation with the Society’s ideals.

This is most relevant following the recent and welcomed announcement from the FGDP (UK) that it is to become an independent organisation and will therefore leave The Royal College of Surgeons. We as a Society can now be fully supportive of the Faculty’s intention to become an autonomous entity and move towards becoming a College of Dentistry.

Moving forwards, I hope that as a Society, we can employ our unique mix and knowledge to lobby for a register of suitably trained, mentored, dental implantologists with demonstrable audit and peer review.

We should also educate General Dental Practitioners and dental teams so that they understand the technology, feel competent and are empowered to engage in maintenance and monitoring, whilst developing a monitoring index similar to the BPE, to give them the tools to do so. These themes should drive the BSAD committee over the coming two years and form the theme of the next conference.

Most of all, we must focus on the fact that, if we stick with tradition, we will wither on the vine. To grow the society, we must attract new members- and to do that, we need to project our own enthusiasm and constantly challenge tradition. I very much look forward to being the President during a period of the Society’s history when such important steps in development, promotion and progression are made.