Innovation shines through at dentistry symposium

The two-day symposium, held on 3 and 4 July in London, provided dental team members with the opportunity to hear leading speakers discuss restorative dentistry, endodontics and new equipment that has transformed the way modern dentistry is practised.

Among those speaking on the Thursday was Dr Chris Orr, one of the UK’s most prominent cosmetic dentists. His first presentation covered a structured approach to aesthetic treatment planning and delivery, as well as knowledge of simple risk management examination tools that can be applied chairside. Dr Orr also discussed modern posterior composite and indirect restorations, covering indications and techniques to achieve successful restorations without amalgam. Finally, Dr Orr addressed the two adhesion strategies that are at the heart of today’s bonding agents, in addition to sharing how to avoid the common problems and pitfalls.

Professor Robbie McConnell, an authority on new dental materials, covered a review of enamel and dentine bonding systems, including which bonding techniques work best for both conventional fill and bulk filling techniques. In addition, he offered guidance on simplified preparation and placement techniques for anterior and posterior composites. Following the lecture, participants had the opportunity to place a class two composite restoration using Sonicfill.

Professor Robbie McConnell covering a review of enamel and dentine bonding systems

Dr Gianluca Gambarini, professor of endodontics at the University of Rome Dental School, showed the latest improvements in nickel titanium instrumentation, describing a new approach – TF Adaptive. The advantages of the new technique were shown and the key features explained. The creation of an endodontic glide path with reciprocating stainless steel (SS) instruments was also presented and discussed.

Meanwhile, focusing on the modern dental hygienist, Tracey Lennemann’s thought-provoking and fast-paced presentation challenged her audience to look at how they influence patients’ oral and systemic health, along with presenting possibilities of how to update, optimise and improve periodontal treatment and maintenance. In a separate session, Tracey also shared with delegates the possibilities for increasing profits, productivity and patient satisfaction through team support and integration of sales, communication, and customer service.

Tracey Lennemann focusing on the modern dental hygienist

Getting hands-on

On the Friday, dentists were able to attend restorative and/or endodontic hands-on sessions worth three hours of verifiable CPD (continuous professional development) at Henry Schein’s Marble Arch showroom. These interactive sessions allowed participants to perform various cutting-edge techniques, developing skills of immediate use in the dental practice.

In addition, there were live demonstrations throughout the two days and plenty of opportunities to get hands-on with the equipment.

Speaking about the event, Claudio Massoli, country manager for Kerr UK, commented: ‘We couldn’t be happier with how the symposium was received by delegates. We achieved everything we hoped to, including helping dental professionals to improve their understanding of materials and equipment available in the 21st century, allowing for superior results to be achieved.’

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