The art of dentistry – with Andrew Wilson
Andrew Wilson, previous winner of Best Young Dentist – London at the Private Dentistry Awards, talks us through his career so far. As well as his two online projects, The Online Dentist and The Art of Dentistry, which he is using to share information and ideas.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
My family are from Yorkshire but we moved to Devon for my Dad’s job when I was very young. I grew up in Torbay by the sea. It’s very different from where I live now in London so it’s always nice to go back and visit. Although I don’t go as often as my mum would like.
What or who made you choose a career in dentistry?
My dad was an engineer and my mum was a German teacher. There wasn’t anyone medical in the family but it was my mum’s idea to choose dentistry. At the time, I went along with it because I didn’t have any better ideas and five years of dental school seemed like a lifetime. I couldn’t ever imagine actually being a dentist. Now, I feel so lucky to have done it.
Tell us about your practice, the sort of patients you see and the main types of dentistry you carry out.
I work in a lovely, little practice in central London. We’re opposite the law courts so we mainly see barristers and lawyers. I have a great group of patients. On the whole, they don’t want anything fancy. They want high quality, general dentistry done well, restoring and saving teeth. That’s what we aim to provide.
What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your work?
I love the relationships that you can build with patients. For me,…