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UK dentist wins prestigious Swedish prize for minimally invasive dentistry

Published: 11/22/2019 12:00:00 AM

The Sverker Prize is awarded in the memory of Sverker Toreskog, an internationally renowned clinician within the field of minimally invasive dentistry. The prize recognises an individual’s commitment to conservative and effective dental techniques.

Sverker Toreskog was a General Practitioner practising in Gothenburg, Sweden. After he qualified as a dentist in 1960, he continued his education at Indiana University for two years, where he learnt the new concept of metal ceramic crowns. He brought this technique to Scandinavia in 1964.

In 1985, he changed from the metal ceramic crown to the thinner bonded porcelain shell crown, which was more aesthetic, less invasive and had fewer biological complications. Sverker died of cancer in February 2013. A couple of weeks before, he recorded a video at his hospice to summarise his life with a hope that more dentists would change to less invasive procedures. You can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RXWVlLFgKU&t=9s   

UK dentist, Tif Qureshi, and his fellow IAS Academy instructor from Oslo, Erik Svendsrud, recently received the Sverker Prize. An article in the Scandinavian press cited Sverker’s admiration for Tif's clinical skills, his focus on minimally invasive dentistry with the Align, Bleach and Bond concept, and his way of spreading knowledge about these techniques as a reason for Tif’s achievement, while Erik was commended on his dedication to continuing Sverker’s teaching.

For both Tif and Erik, the Sverker Prize jury mentioned their continuous effort to help patients achieve a functional smile without massive tooth destruction. Like Sverker, Erik has also long cooperated with Bjorn Zachrisson, focusing on minimally invasive aesthetic dentistry.

Tif commented, “I am honoured to have received this prestigious award. I have always sought to promote minimally invasive dental techniques and much of the IAS Academy’s teaching focuses on this. It is amazing to receive international recognition for this with the Sverker Prize.”