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Dr Shaam Shamsi

Raising Awareness in Clinical Record Keeping for Dental Implantology

Shaam Shamsi

At a time when we see increasing litigation in the profession, just as dentistry has become more sophisticated over the years, the conversations we have with our patients also need to become more sophisticated especially in a field of high risk such as dental implants.

We all know that dental implants have become the ‘gold standard’ of tooth replacement; however, practitioners must dedicate more time to the ‘risk assessment’ and ‘treatment planning’ of patients considering dental implants otherwise deficiencies in this planning may make the practitioner more vulnerable to medico-legal risk.

Very often, we find it is our clinical records that let us down despite meticulous planning and it is essential our clinical records are an accurate reflection of the discussion, planning and delivery of treatment.

This session will look at how we can meet these requirements to minimise our risk.

Learning Objectives

  • To look at what constitutes the essential components of dental record keeping material to dental implantology
  • To highlight the importance of well-organised dental records which will aid continuity of care and ensure good practice
  • To understand how to reduce the risk of harm to patients by ensuring all the relevant information has been recorded
  • To understand how to contribute to clinical care and correct sequencing of treatment through effective record keeping
  • To highlight the importance of accurate and up-to-date dental records for both patient care and professional defence thus reducing the risk of receiving a complaint due to poor record keeping


Shaam Shamsi qualified from the Royal London in 1994 and is the Principal & Clinical Director for Horizons Dental Centre. He has an interest in oral surgery and dental implantology. As a former lecturer in the restorative department at Manchester Dental School teaching final year students, he continues to instil this ethos of learning in his current practice and to his students.

Shaam has been involved with Dental Foundation Training since 2001, teaching and mentoring new graduates in practice. In 2008, he was appointed to the post of Training Programme Director in Health Education West Midlands and is responsible for running the training schemes at Stafford County Hospital.

Shaam sits on the Local Dental Committee panel in North Staffordshire and is also heavily involved in examining. He is a former examiner for the Faculty’s MJDF examination and now currently examines for the ORE and LDS in London, and the MFDS in Edinburgh. He has clinically mentored GDPs who have had FTP allegations brought against them. In 2006, he acquired a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Ethics and Law and has worked as a Clinical Panellist for the GDC’s Dental Complaints Service.

His current role involves sitting as a panellist for the GDC’s fitness to practise procedures, adjudicating matters on clinical and professional misconduct. Shaam was also appointed as Specialist Advisor to the CQC and plays a pivotal role in practice inspections ensuring Quality Assurance standards are maintained.

He has a passion for teaching and delivering education at Postgraduate Level and lectures for many authoritative bodies such as HEE, for BAIRD (British Academy of Implant and Restorative Dentistry), ADI (Association of Dental Implantology), Practical Implantology and Dental Protection on Risk Management Workshops.

Outside dentistry he enjoys sport, travelling, the gym and spending time with his wife and three children.

Qualifications: BDS (Lond), LDS RCS (Eng), MFGDP RCS, PGCTLCP, FGDP Pg Cert Appr, Pg Cert BAIRD, Pg Med Eths & Law