Dr. Ratnadeep Patil, M.D – Smile Care Expert, Dental Centre speaks to Afternoon DC about how dentistry has changed as a profession and what makes it an exciting career path to go on
When he started out his career in dentistry 28 years ago, Dr. Ratnadeep Patil felt he was lucky. "The new trends in dentistry already started emerging a couple of years before that," he said. "During then, all the advancements and dynamism did not reach India but I was associated with some of the very progressive practicing dentists who had introduced modern technologies here in those days," he added.
Having opened his own academic dental centre in Smile Care, Dr. Patil and his team have trained more than 30,000 dentists in the past 22 years. "Smile Care is not just clinical dentistry," he said. "It is backed by a superlative research group that has been conducting research since 20 years for multiple companies, from oral healthcare to dental products. Along with contributing tremendously to the development of new dental products, we also have a dental education wing," he added.
Dr. Patil feels that what distinguishes Smile Care from others is that the treatment protocols they conduct are completely authentic, documented and evidence based. "We are a comprehensive group with more than 10 specialities of work. This is what differentiates us from others," he said.
In a flashback about his own dental career, Dr. Patil said, "My dental career started with Bombay Hospital and from there I got an opportunity to travel to New York to further my studies. By the late 80’s I did gain good insight of dental technology and techniques which were highly unique and beneficial to the Western world at that point of time and I brought these innovations to India at the right time."
Speaking of Dentistry as a career, Dr. Patil said, " Back in the days, dentistry was not in the mainstream of education. Most of the students who wanted to join medical schools were disappointed due to unavailability of admission and would reluctantly join dentistry with an expectation that hopefully there would be some dropouts in the medical schools, for them to get an opportunity to further explore medicine."
"Today dentistry has become one of the most esteemed professions in the world where through superior skill levels, a lot of alternatives can be given to the patients. Cosmetic dentistry, braises and Orthodontics today are some of the emerging avenues," he added.
Giving his views on new trends in dentistry, Dr. Patil said, "The new technologies coming in are more digital in nature, for example making impressions for teeth to make crowns and bridges. Another instance of oral healthcare being technologically advanced is using lasers and manufacturing CAD and CAM units which can be done within no time in the clinic itself."
"3D printing that can be used to craft enamels is another outstanding example. Novel innovations like reconstruction of teeth and prosthetics which are designed to replace teeth and bones, will be of great help to a lot of patients," he added.
On Smile Care's plans for expansion, Dr. Patil said,"We have recently expanded with this new centre called Edu Hub (educational hub) which we have uniquely designed for doing live surgical programs for dentists and developed various teaching models." "We have been working with New York University containing dental education for the last twenty years and are now working with Columbia University for their dental programmes in India," he added.