What made you decide to get into dentistry as a career?
I’ve always enjoying using my hands, whether it’s drawing, playing music, or cooking. Using my hands to help people with their oral health seemed like a logical career path and I’m happy with my career choice.
How long have you been practising dentistry?
I’ve been practicing for 8 years.
Tell us about your career background?
I’ve worked in a wide variety of practices across the country in both permanent positions and more temporary locum positions; from the Far North to Christchurch. This has allowed me to gradually figure out what works and what doesn’t when it comes to managing dental care; I prefer a way that informs patients of all of their options and facilitates their decision making for the best long term outcomes.
What is your most memorable case to date?
That would be bringing a patient back from the brink. We initially suspected that we would transition into full dentures, but with careful planning, we managed to save some teeth, replace some, and overall provide a functional and aesthetic result.
What do you love most about your job?
That would be a difficult choice between getting patients out of pain and improving their self-esteem via improving their smile!
What are your special interests in dentistry?
My preference in dentistry is looking at the whole picture and integrating knowledge from different fields of dentistry for a more comprehensive outlook. I enjoy working towards long term stability for my patients, and enjoy providing functional and cosmetic improvements where they are indicated. I also find relieving pain and saving teeth to be very satisfying. Specifically, my interests in dentistry are: prosthodontics (crowns, bridges, implants, dentures), endodontics (root canal therapy), and orthodontics.
What is the main piece of advice you give your patients?
The most cost-effective way of managing your oral health is to attend your regular checkups. Detecting problems early usually leads to less complex and less costly treatment, and sometimes can lead to a preventive approach with little to no treatment.
Where would we find you outside of the practice?
Usually, you’d find me doing one of Wellington’s great day hikes, practicing guitar, or learning a new cooking technique.
Terms & Conditions
Offer is for new Lumino patients only, with Dr Bashar Al Kadhi at Lumino Woodward Dental Wellington.
This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
This offer cannot be applied retrospectively.
Full payment is due at the time of service.
Available for a limited time.
Offer includes bitewing x-rays only. Panoramic x-rays are not included and if required will be an additional cost.