Dr Bikram Sethi – Specialist Dentist (Periodontist)
I am a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the Specialist Field of Periodontics, in addition to being a member of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists and the Australian Dental Association.
I regularly undertake professional education both in Australia and overseas.
Life for me is all about caring, nurturing and developing relationships. It is also about using natural talents to contribute to people’s well-being.
I was fortunate to find my calling as a dental practitioner early in life. Having grown up in Canberra, my professional journey began in 1997, when I commenced a Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide.
For several years I worked as a general dentist. While I enjoyed the work and the satisfaction of helping patients, I felt a sense of unease within me. I knew I had a lot more to offer. To expand my knowledge, I enrolled at the University of Melbourne where I completed a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry.
While serving patients, I was surprised to see so many Australians with Periodontitis, a common condition resulting in destruction of periodontal tissues and eventually tooth loss. So I decided to make this field my speciality.
To those of you who may not be aware, a Periodontist is a board registered dental specialist who has undertaken specialist-training focusing on the placement of dental implants and the treatment of periodontal (‘gum’) disease.
The training was intense and took a lot of time and effort. I had to undergo 3 years of intensive university and hospital based training where I learnt about dental implants and periodontal treatments at an advanced level. I also had to undergo written and clinical examinations to receive my specialist qualification. I couldn’t agree more with the stringent requirements, as it an assurance that your treatment by us will be of the highest quality.
What I find most remarkable is how contributing to the well-being of patients raises their self-esteem. Many patients have been delighted with the transformation in their lives as a result of the treatment. They experience a new sense of confidence. During their follow-up appointments I feel as if I am meeting someone new, because they look different and are so much happier. Some of them look so amazing that I have to rub my eyes in disbelief to make sure they are the same people who were so disheartened when they first approached me.
This is the story of why I enjoy being a periodontist. I attribute my success in life to helping patients using my talents and in cultivating life-altering relationships. Life for me is about skill, harmony, self-expression and enjoyable relationships.
This is what I believe in and live to follow. I strive to contribute in many ways, apart from serving clients. I have served on various professional committees for the Australian Dental Association and given lectures to other dental professionals at both the local and national level in addition to acting as a mentor to dentists in the field of dental implants.