Thursday, August 24, 2017

Do you want to better manage patients’ cosmetic concerns and align expectations?

Did you know that an estimated 15% of patients presenting for cosmetic procedures suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)? Patients with symptoms of BDD are more likely to be dissatisfied with the outcome and pursue further treatment.

The eviDent Foundation has teamed up with The University of Melbourne to conduct vital research into this alarming trend, with the aim of identifying patients with increased symptoms of BDD before irreversible prosthodontic or cosmetic treatment is carried out. Identifying these patients and recognising their expectations could lead to better treatment outcomes – and reduce the likelihood of future litigation!

You can take part in this critical research! Participants in the BDD Project can be any practising general dentist or prosthodontists who have an interest in cosmetic dentistry or prosthodontics.

With your help, the BDD Project’s research findings will lead directly to improving treatments for your patients by:
  • Raising awareness of the meaning and implications of BDD 
  • Training dental practitioners to have a conversation with their patients about BDD or other mental health issues 
  • Validating a questionnaire for clinicians to identify patients who present with BDD symptoms 
  • Improving collaborations between dental practitioners and community psychologists 
  • Developing collaboration and referral pathways between health professions to better case for patients with BDD.
Register your interest by calling Dr Carolina Perez Rodriguez on 03 9035 8402 or emailing

Learn more about the project.