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Doing aesthetic dentistry is fun, creative and rewarding. However we’ve all had that patient that no matter what we do, we can never quite meet their expectations. The mirror is 1cm from their face, and you’re doing your 3rd provisional for them. These patients can turn a rewarding case into a draining one very quickly.

Here today on the podcast to hopefully help save us from getting ourselves into these situations,  we have Dr Bharat Agrawal. Bharat is probably someone any of us on facebook or instagram have seen or heard of before, he is a talented general dentist with a focus on aesthetics as well as a generous educator. From spending a lot of time doing aesthetic work Bharat knows that screening patients for aesthetic dental work goes beyond the clinical exam.

We had a really interesting chat delving into the topics of body dysmorphia, picking red flag patients early and some tips on which patients are great to do your first aesthetic cases on.

Key Tips to Takeaway for Tomorrow:

  • Introducing body dysmorphia 
  • Red flag patients
  • Using technology and good records to be more objective
  • Its okay to say no
  • Tips for picking your first aesthetic case

Resources Bharat mentions:

Rodríguez, Carolina & Judge, Roy & Castle, David & Phillipou, Andrea. (2018). Body dysmorphia in dentistry and prosthodontics: A practice based study. Journal of Dentistry. 81. 10.1016/j.jdent.2018.12.003. 


James, M., Clarke, P. & Darcey, R. Body dysmorphic disorder and facial aesthetic treatments in dental practice. Br Dent J227, 929–933 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-019-0901-7


Dr. Bharat Agrawal

Dr Bharat Agrawal is a general dentist working in private practice on the Gold Coast, with a focus on aesthetic dentistry.  He has completed his Masters in Aesthetic Dentistry with Distinction (MSc AesDent) through King’s College in London. He is passionate about the paradigm shift towards minimally invasive approaches to comprehensive smile make overs. And has presented on tooth whitening, digital workflows, the alignment-restorative interface and the provision of Invisalign with a key focus on minimally invasive aesthetic Dentistry globally. 

You can see some of Bharat’s amazing work on instagram @dr.bharat.agrawal or learn some of the tricks of the trade through one of his courses (you can find them, along with many other courses here! )

Also, look out for more tips from Bharat coming out on the “What I Wish I Knew” Podcast soon!

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David is a recent graduate dentist working in private practice in regional NSW, Australia. Read more at www.dentalheadstart.com/meet-david/

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