The history of the Besfords

Dr John Besford

Dr John Besford

Dr John Besford is a retired Harley Street dentist, famous for his specialism in prosthodontics.

Dr Besford qualified as a dentist in 1964 at Manchester University, UK, having acquired a love for denture prosthetics. After obtaining a PhD in Bacteriology in 1970, he returned to dentistry to teach removable dental prosthetics full-time at London University, and in 1987 opened a referral practice limited to removable and implant prosthodontics.

Dr John Besford

He is the author of Good Mouthkeeping, Or, How to Save Your Children’s Teeth, and Your Own Too While You’re About It, published by Oxford University Press (1984).

Good Mouthkeeping: A Parent’s Guide to Dental Care, John Besford, Debeli Press, 1 February 1980

He later divided his time between his specialist practice and freelance postgraduate teaching around the world.

Besides restoring functional dentitions, one of Dr Besford’s goals in working with patients who have suffered major tooth removal is to rekindle their feelings of attractiveness and self-esteem, usually by painstakingly recreating their own individual dental appearances using photographic and other personal records.

Dr Besford co-designed the Enigma Denture Teeth and Denture System, which won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category in 2004.

The John Besford Dental Practice was located at 97 Harley Street, London, W1G 6AG.

Dr John Besford at his dental practice on Harley Street

In 2010, a group of dental professionals was established, named the Besford Club. It bears Dr Besford’s name with the aim to inspire new generations of dentists to aspire to his outstanding levels of excellence.

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3 responses to “Dr John Besford”

  1. I recommend my dentist in every regard. I have had several veneers put on that still look like they did when I first got them approximately 12 years ago!

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