I was delighted to be asked to guest edit a BDJ edition focusing on minimum intervention in dentistry, as it’s a topic I feel passionate about and I hope the articles will be useful to all dentists out there.
Minimum intervention: Why should you be interested?
Advances in minimum intervention dentistry are happening at a fast rate – I predict it won’t be long before MI becomes the norm, rather than just one approach we consider.
New technologies in clinical operative techniques and advances in restorative biomaterials are now enabling oral healthcare teams to deliver MI successfully.
As the BDJ’s own editor in chief Stephen Hancocks recently put it: “…I have come to appreciate that (MI) it is not merely a fancy term for cutting smaller cavities and charging more for it but a fully thought through discipline which melds together the full range of our knowledge and skills and applies it to patient care.”
The significance of MI to the future of dentistry is becoming increasingly apparent in relation to dental contract reform, and to the coming into force of the Minamata Convention on mercury this week (16 August), which will lead to a phase-down in the use of dental amalgam.
What articles are in this specially themed-BDJ?
In this specially themed edition of the BDJ, I’m delighted to present articles from ten different national and international leaders in their fields, ranging from risk assessment, patient behaviour management, remineralisation technologies, selective caries removal protocols, managing child and older patients and information on developing your business practice, as well as the medico-legal aspects.
What are the issues?
There are some concerns about how to implement MI clinical care logistically within the current NHS and other regulatory contract frameworks. The practice of managing caries has evolved and today requires an ‘alternative profession skillset to be appreciated fully and used effectively.
Patient expectations have changed, and they are now much better informed of the caries process and the restorative options available. But MI is also about encouraging patients to take responsibility to control and prevent caries – behaviours need to change and patients need to be willing to take agency in this.
I hope these articles will help inform, inspire, and hopefully, ignite in you a passion for MI and help us to drive dentistry into a new age.
Avijit BanerjeeProfessor of Cariology at King’s College London and member of the BDA’s Health and Science Committee
This blog has been adapted from Professor Banerjee’s guest editorial piece in the BDJ 223.
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