Dr Dipesh Parmar of Acorn Dental is an internationally-renowned cosmetic and reconstructive dentist and dental educator.
What is your favourite part of the job? Although doing routine dentistry can be satisfying, especially when you are relieving the patient of pain or fixing a broken tooth, the more complex cases are far more rewarding as we are changing patients’ lives. Complex cases usually involve different aspects of dentistry, and being able to coordinate the whole case together to create a dental masterpiece is somewhat special.
What is your least favourite part of the job?
I don’t have a least favourite part, but the most stressful times are when I have dentists themselves in my chair! I am privileged to be the dentist for many dentists, but I’ve lost many hairs in the process!
Where did you study?
I qualified from the University of Birmingham under the tutelage of some great dentists. Having an older brother, Dr Manoj Parmar, as a dentist and another, Hit Parmar, as a dental technician gave me a springboard at University, so I feel I got more out of it and I thoroughly enjoyed the training.
What other qualifications do you have?
My interests have always been in Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dentistry, meaning all dentistry should look natural and complement the patient, their personality and their health.
Traditionally, cosmetic dentistry has always been about placing veneers, but now there is huge focus on Orthodontics and composite bonding to achieve similar outcomes at reduced biological and financial costs to the patient. Often teeth are not in the correct position and traditionally they were drilled and covered with a veneer or crown (“cap”) to camouflage the tooth into a new position.
It makes more sense that if a tooth is in an incorrect position, it should be moved into the correct position. This will help us create a healthier bite, that looks better for longer.
Orthodontics is all about moving teeth and I currently have Diplomat status in Orthodontics from the University of Warwick, and am currently finishing a Master of Science degree in Orthodontics. I am also a qualified Invisalign provider and a Graduate of The Dawson Academy for Complete Comprehensive Care.
What has been your proudest moment in your professional life?
This is a tough one, but I would say it was when I won Best Aesthetic Dentist UK and my dental technician brother Hit won Best Aesthetic Technician UK at the 2018 Aesthetic Dentistry Awards. We were up against the country’s finest dentists, and to win the whole lot together was very, very special. Other proud moments were when I won Best Young Dentist at the 2017 Private Dentistry Awards, awards at the 2015 Aesthetic Dentistry Awards and 2012 Smile Awards.
When did you set up Acorn Dental?
My brother, Dr Manoj Parmar, took over Acorn Dental in Moseley in 2000, taking over one of the longest-established practices in Birmingham and we joined forces in 2010. We expanded it into a four-surgery centre of dental excellence, and in March 2019 we took over Barnt Green Dental Centre as our first satellite branch. We are getting many patients travelling from around the country to see our dentists so we need to branch out.
What services do you offer?
I focus on bespoke aesthetic and cosmetic reconstructions, including composite bonding, ceramic veneers and crowns, smile makeovers, treatment of tooth wear, management of the failing dentition and restoration of dental implants. I also do a vast amount of Orthodontics from simple to advanced cases, using Invisalign and conventional fixed braces.
My brother, Dr Manoj Parmar, is a fantastic implant surgeon. From single implants to full mouth reconstructions with dental implants, he can handle all cases, allowing us to work really well with each other.
Our other dentists at both practices can provide general dentistry, root canal treatment, gum treatments and non-surgical facial aesthetics. We like to treat everything in-house so we are in full control of final outcomes.
Are your treatments very expensive?
Our aim was never to be the cheapest in town, but the best. Dental treatment is not expensive either, however neglecting your teeth can be – hence the importance of regular dental check-ups and hygienist visits. The fees have remained the same since we acquired the practice. Our price list can be viewed on our website www.acorndental.co.uk. Finance options are available.
What do you do when you are not doing dentistry?
More dentistry! Unfortunately I do not get much time outside dentistry. If I’m not in the surgery fixing teeth and making smiles, then I spend a large amount of my time travelling the globe lecturing and teaching at some of the world’s most prestigious dental conferences. I am also clinical director of the UK’s most successful composite bonding educational course for dentists, Mini Smile Makeover. Once a month I teach 30 UK and international dentists minimally invasive aesthetic and cosmetic dental techniques. Otherwise it’s family time!
What are your future plans?
We have plans to extend and renovate the Barnt Green centre, which will hopefully be starting this year. I am also constantly being asked to set up a clinic on Harley Street so we are looking into that too, and my education programme for dentists is also going to be widened with more courses here and abroad. All our dentists are constantly working on personal and professional development; it doesn’t seem to end!
22A Hewell Road, Barnt Green B45 8NE
Tel: 0121 447 7300
Free parking for 3–4 vehicles. Access is via a private drive at the side of Savoir Faire boutique.