Dr Christopher Barker
B.D.S., B.Sc.Dent. (HONS I), D.Clin.Dent. (Perio), FRACDS
Dr Chris Barker is a Queensland-based periodontist who specialises in the full scope of specialist periodontics treatment methods. He graduated from dental school at the University of Adelaide in 2004 and was awarded First Class Honours for completion of an honours research program in 2005. He completed his Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry, specialising in
Periodontology, at Griffith University in 2014. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and was also recently awarded an honouree fellowship to the prestigious Pierre Fauchard Academy. Chris has completed the Long Surgical Course Certified from the International Team for Implantology (ITI). He is currently the president of the Australian Osseointegration Society (AOS), a former president Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP) and is the director of Sunshine Coast branch of the International Team for Implantology (ITI). He is also a member of the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP) and the Australian Dental Association (ADA). Before setting up his practice, Chris worked in government and private practice roles in Adelaide,
Brisbane and regional Queensland. He still frequently travels to regional Queensland to provide periodontal treatment to patients living in rural and remote areas. Chris lives in Brisbane with his wife Wendy, and they have three
young children. He enjoys getting outdoors and has a keen interest in
rugby, slow roasting and mountain trekking.
Implants: what are the actual economics?
The pressures to deliver services at competitive rates is now clearly visible in all aspects of dentistry. With regards to dental implants, this is perhaps even more true. However, when the actual accounting of the placement, restoring and maintenance of implants is reviewed, there are some significant differences in where the profit margins vs the risk of procedures having adverse consequences. This lecture looks at what it really costs to utilising the option of the dental implant and perhaps what aspects have been ignored to the clinicians peril.