UK dentist wins Swedish prize for minimally invasive dentistry
ADDLESTONE, UK: UK dentist Dr Tif Qureshi and his colleague from Oslo, Dr Erik Svendsrud, have recently received the Sverker Prize, which is awarded in memory of Dr Sverker Toreskog, an internationally renowned clinician in the field of minimally invasive dentistry. The Sverker Prize recognises an individual’s commitment to conservative and effective dental techniques.
Qureshi and Svendsrud have been working closely together at IAS Academy, an international faculty that provides mentored education for general dentists. Qureshi is the company’s clinical director and Svendsrud is an IAS mentor for Norwegian dentists. The Sverker Prize jury recognised the continuous efforts of both men to achieve functional smiles in patients without severely damaging the teeth. Both Svendsrud and Qureshi focus on minimally invasive aesthetic dentistry.
“I’m honoured to receive this prestigious award,” Qureshi said. “I have always sought to promote minimally invasive dental techniques and much of the IAS Academy’s teaching focuses on this. Therefore, it is amazing to receive international recognition for this with the Sverker Prize.”
In a recent article, the Scandinavian press cited Toreskog’s admiration for Qureshi’s clinical skills and highlighted his focus on minimally invasive dentistry with the align, bleach and bond concept. Qureshi’s dissemination of these dental techniques was one of the reasons he won the award.
Toreskog, the man behind the Sverker Prize, qualified as a dentist in 1960 in Sweden and consequently continued his education at Indiana University in the US for two years, where he first learnt the new concept of metal-ceramic crowns. Toreskog then brought this technique to Scandinavia in 1964. After 1985, Toreskog switched from using metal-ceramic crowns to using thinner bonded porcelain shell crowns, owing to their aestheticism, minimal invasiveness and fewer biological complications.
After his long and successful career as a clinician, Toreskog died of cancer in February 2013. A couple of weeks before his death, he recorded a video at his hospice which summarised his life. By means of this video, he hoped to inspire dentists to change to less invasive procedures.