Welcome to What I Wish I Knew by Dental Head Start. This is a podcast where we learn from people that have been there, made the mistakes, learnt the lessons and have developed into the accomplished dental professionals they are today.

It’s your weekly mentoring session.

Hosted by Dr Cigdem Kipel

Ever heard of verti-preps? There was no mention of it in my dental school. But Dr Bez Shokouhi wishes he’d learned about it earlier in his career because it’s a game changer for the way he approaches some heavily damaged teeth. 

Basically, it’s a type of crown preparation that has NO horizontal margin, meaning you can preserve a lot more tooth structure. This is possible thanks to properties of materials like zirconia that can perform well with a knife edge margin. Verti-preps allow for the creation of more subgingival ferrule and salvaging of teeth deemed otherwise unrestorable by traditional restorability standards.


Dr Bez Shokouhi

Dr Bez Shokouhi attained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery with first-class Honours in 2006 from King’s College London. He is a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons and the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has also completed 2 further university degrees, the King’s College London Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic Dentistry, and the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Dental Implants, plus a ridiculous number of other courses and seminars.

Bez is passionate about dentistry and is an ever-learner, a tinkerer and an experimenter by nature, and as such he finds himself constantly innovating ways to tweak and improve his dentistry. He practices the full gamut of dentistry including complex restorative and aesthetic dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery, and dental implants.

He has been involved in teaching at King’s College London and University of Sydney and is an examiner for the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Dental Implants. Bez is a mentor to many young dentists who regularly reach out to him online and visit him at his practice on the Northern Beaches for observation.

Bez runs a popular Facebook page (Dentistry by Dr Bez Shokouhi) and Instagram page (@dr.bez.shokouhi) where he regularly posts detailed step-by-step dentistry cases.


Clinical Aligner Excellence

Aligners are becoming an integral part of private practice. Whether you are new to aligner therapy or an experienced practitioner, the opportunities are vast. But how do you do it at a high standard, efficiently and profitably?

Dr Geoff Hall and Dr Jesse Green have come together to help with these key problems through Clear Aligner Excellence – their latest education platform.

Visit clearex.com.au for more information. You can expect a wealth of knowledge to help improve your practice as well as huge discounts on major aligner therapy companies and lab fees.


Principle Practice Management Software 

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Cloud based dental software, rethought from the ground up for 2021 and beyond. Finally, an intelligent platform that optimises every process and workflow from scheduling to treatment planning to account management.

Designed for intuitiveness, Principle offers seamless interconnectivity between patients, appointments, staff, tasks, notes, meetings, labs and more. This means fewer clicks, fuller books, faster communication, nothing slipping through the cracks and greater business transparency. 

Principles of best practice embedded in software design to keep your team lean and your time productively occupied.

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