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LONDON, UK: Described as a prize to recognise future stars in dentistry, the Young Dentist Endodontic Award has been given since 2012 to young clinicians who have performed outstanding clinical work. This year, the jury recognised Dr Satnam Singh Virdee from Cardiff for his treatment of a case of chronic periapical periodontitis due to an infected root canal in a 36-year-old male patient.
The 26-year-old dental core trainee was awarded first prize, competing against fellow clinicians Dr David Bretton from Huddersfield, who took second place with a routine, but highly well executed endodontic case, and Dr Jasneet Gulati from London, who submitted a case of an 18-year-old treated with mineral trioxide aggregate for apical closure.
As the winner, Virdee took home an X-Smart iQ WaveOne Gold starter kit with dual cordless motor and an iPad mini from Dentsply Sirona.
“His was the most technically challenging case,” explained Dr Julian Webber, dentist at the Harley Street Centre for Endodontics in London and founder of the award. “The tooth had been treated before, but poorly, and the canals were curved with apices close to the maxillary sinus.”
“This was the kind of case for which a specialist referral would normally be warranted,” he added.
Webber and his co-judges, Dr Trevor Lamb, another London-based endodontic specialist, and Pro-Vice-Provost at University College London Prof. Andrew Eder, selected the winning entries from dozens of contributions submitted by dentists from all over the UK during the last six months. Deciding who should take the first three places was very challenging owing to the high-quality of the treatment, according to them.
“As we looked through these entries, supported by extensive references and a highly rigorous approach, from diagnosis and presentation of options to the shaping, cleaning and obturation of canals, at every stage using the correct technique, we had to keep reminding ourselves that these young dentists were effectively still in training. They are rising stars in the field of endodontics and a credit to their teaching hospitals and tutors,” Webber said.
This year marked the fifth time that the award was given to young professionals in the field of endodontics. Those who would like to compete will have their chance when the next competition begins in spring next year. Further details will be announced through the British Endodontic Society website.