Training Background David was born and educated in Gisborne prior to completing his Dental Degree at Otago University in 1978. Following a year as a Hospital Dentist for the Wellington Hospital Board he commenced Oral Surgery training at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch in 1980. This was continued with appointments at Sydney University and St Thomas' Hospital in London with intervals in Private Dental Practice in Gisborne and Canberra.
David obtained Fellowship by examination in Oral Surgery from the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons in 1982 and the Irish Royal College of Surgeons in 2000.
David commenced practice in Tauranga in 1984 and enjoyed a blend of General Dental Practice and Oral Surgery until 1995 when he restricted his practice to full time Oral Surgery. David was joined in practice by John Bridgman in 2004 to form Tauranga OMS.
Professional Activity David has held a consultancy position at Tauranga Hospital since 1986 and operates in the hospital weekly, together with an after-hours on-call commitment. He is an active member of the New Zealand Dental Association, the New Zealand Society for Sedation in Dentistry, the Waikato Maxillofacial Audit Group and the Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
David has been teaching sedation techniques to Dentists annually since 1990 and lectured Nationally on his implant practice. David maintains a strong commitment to ongoing education and travels extensively to attend post graduate conferences and additional training meetings.
David's practice satisfies the credentialling and registration requirements of the Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the New Zealand Dental Council, together with maintaining a current resuscitation certification.
Interests & Scope of Practice David enjoys all aspects of Specialist Oral Surgery Practice, including:
Dental extractions in medically compromised or anxious patients
Surgical removal of teeth, including impacted wisdom teeth
Placement of dental implants and associated tissue grafting procedures