Dentistry student wins second national award

A dentistry student from UCLan has won an award for the second year in a row from a national dental society.

Danny Watts beat off competition from dentistry students across the country to win a prize from the British Society of Prosthodontics (BSSPD) only a year after winning an award in 2015 from the British Society of Periodontology.

The BSSPD Heraeus-Kulzer Undergraduate Award is presented annually for the best critical review related to prosthodontics, which focuses on reconstruction and replacement of damaged teeth, with the recipient receiving £250 and certificate. Danny’s essay focuses on fixed partial dentures and the factors affecting the decision to support them with teeth or implants.

The idea for Danny’s essay derived from a patient he was treating while on placement at the Blackpool Dental Education Centre (DEC) the place he has been based for the last three years.

The final year student stated: “I’m really pleased that I’ve managed to win two national awards from two different dental societies in a short space of time. I’d like to thank the staff for their support, particularly our clinical tutors who are always very approachable.”

UCLan Senior Clinical Teacher and Clinical Coordinator of the Blackpool DEC Ian Burn said: “I want to offer my congratulations to Danny who is a thoroughly deserved award winner. I’m sure he is destined for a distinguished academic career.”

Danny will finish his degree this summer and has already secured a dentistry job in Norwich where his family now lives. He will be presented with his award at the British Society of Prosthodontics Annual Conference later this year in Manchester.

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