Embracing modern-day dentistry

Dr Suchada Kongkiatkamon, assistant director of Dental Wellness Clinic at BDMS Wellness Clinic in Thailand, specialises in cosmetic dentistry and digital treatment planning. She is one of the many modern-day dentists who is experiencing the full benefits of digital dentistry, and remains confident in providing precise and efficient treatments to her patients despite the pandemic.

What are some of the factors that influence your choice of career in the dental field?

Coming from a medical family background, I was influenced to pursue a career in healthcare even at an early age. I consider it as a natural progression to enter the field. My student years in dentistry at the Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand was an informative journey where I learned a lot of the conventional practices in the field.

Why did you specialise in prosthodontics and implant dentistry?

I completed a prosthodontics and implant dentistry residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago, United States, as well as a post-graduate speciality programme in prosthodontics with my passion for planning and working on the details from the beginning to the end. In fact, I also obtained a Master of Science in Oral Sciences at the same university. I find it fulfilling to work closely with patients for long-term dental management.

How do you ensure that you meet the patient’s expectations in their treatment?

I am a firm believer that listening is the most valuable tool. So, I listen carefully and thoughtfully to the patient’s demand. Considering their lifestyle, I personalise each case by selecting appropriate tools, as enhanced by digital dentistry.

What are the training and seminars you had to go through to achieve expertise in contemporary dentistry?   

As an avid student and educator at the same time, I continuously strive to grow my expertise and skills by joining seminars frequently. But as an educator, I receive better exposure to new concepts and technology in tune with the latest industry developments. Various trainings that I am regularly involved in is: training tools, maintenance, digital dentistry as well as protocol workflow involving treatment plan, instrument, and material.

What are your criteria in choosing the brand to partner and invest in when you equipped your office with the latest technology?

Our team is selective and not influenced by brand affiliation. We choose equipment according to its usage, benefits and quality. BDMS Wellness Clinic is always on an endeavour to utilise the latest technologies. Recently the dental clinic installed Primemill and Primescan from Dentsply Sirona to help us produce crowns easily and quickly.

Continue reading here. Published in Dental Asia July/August 2021 issue.