Celebrating Smiles | 20 January, 2021

From The Dentist’s Mouth – Dr Ben Guest

Ben Guest has recently joined the team at Lumino Silverstream after practising in the Wellington Region for the last year.

What made you decide to get into dentistry as a career?

My childhood dream was to be an architect. I loved art and design but wanted to help people, so progressed to a career in healthcare. I am able to implement aspects of design in the mouth while treating patients daily 

How long have you been practising dentistry?

I graduated from the University of Otago in 2020, and have been practicing in the Wellington region since.

What is your most memorable case to date?

An extremely anxious patient that had a bad history with dental care. We were able to implement plans for her to save remaining teeth and utilise the rest to restore her smile. We combated her fears of the dentist by talking about procedures in depth and utilising methods to reduce anxiety.

What do you love most about your job?
The problem solving and providing long-lasting solutions for patients

What are your special interests in dentistry?
Oral surgery and crown and bridgework

What is the main piece of advice you give your patients?
Prevention is key. By altering home care routines and reducing sugar in the diet, teeth are able to be kept for life.

Where would we find you outside of the practice?

Mountain biking on Makara Peak or trying out some new dishes at home (or in town!)

Book an appointment with Dr Ben Guest at Lumino Silverstream today.