My name's Paul Baker. I'm one of the Principals at Number 65. I studied dentistry at Guy's Hospital in London, ended up coming to Cornwall and I fell in love with surfing, fell in love with Cornwall and never left, and I still completely enjoy it 20 years later.
Primarily, dentistry is a rapidly advancing and changing part of medicine really. There's lots of new things, new innovations. I'm always somebody who enjoys learning those new things. It keeps me interested and it benefits my patients. It allows us to do things better, more precisely, more quickly, which ultimately is the best thing for our patients really.
I've always been a practical person. I've always built things, made things. Even as a child I was always making things, and so dentistry is something which is different every single time you do it.
I think the additional side of treating and making people better, fixing people on top of that, is really what keeps me interested in it and enthused in doing it. Being able to transform somebody's self-confidence through recreating, or their smile, or something that they had years ago is a really nice thing to do for patients.
I think first and foremost our approach to patients in the practise from the moment they walk through the door is very much patient-driven. We try to create a very calm and controlling environment. We have TV screens on the ceilings of our surgeries and try and create a relaxed and calming environment. For most patients that seems to work, actually.
Above and beyond that, there are forms of sedation we could consider, but we have a very large emphasis on showing the patient what's going on in their mouth, so digital photography, digital X-rays and 3D imaging is really kind of ... We have some fantastic tools nowadays to educate our patients. I much rather a patient completely understands what's going on and is able to make an educated decision process and get involved in the discussion and what we're going to do to their mouth, than a patient who has no idea what's going on.
My particular interest for the last 14 years has really been implant-driven, but with implants comes cosmetic dentistry. What really enthuses me nowadays is the reconstructive, rehabilitative work on patients whose mouths really are failing them. They've lost so many teeth, their mouths don't work. They don't work from a smiling point of view, they don't work from an eating point of view, and to be able to fix people like that and give them the self-confidence and the ability to eat and smile and function again is a very satisfying thing to do.
65 Molesworth Street, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7DS
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