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Spring 2002 Report

Scientific Programme

The well practiced speakers tackled their subjects in relation to the theme of the conference with ease. All used their wisdom and practical experience, with Evidence Based Practice whenever possible, giving a sound platform for all delegates continued professional development.

Professor Ibbetson set the tone for the meeting. Who better, than such an eminent postgraduate tutor to reflect What goes around comes or never went away?' A humorous reflection of his maturation from lowly Eastman MSc student to Professor in Edinburgh was delivered. The bottom line was that crown and bridge both will inevitably fail. He summarised the literature and explained that with close adherence to ideal preparation, angles and margins and with appropriate use of materials, the longevity of the restorations can be increased.

A change of Specialiality to endodontics allowed Simon Cunnington to enlighten the delegates that many of the problems faced in endodontic practice have been solved by technological revolutions. The routine use of microscopes, endosonic instruments and apex locators have made endodontics and better for your health. There certainly Light at the end of the

Karl Bishop, Consultant at Morrison Hospital, concluded the first days programme, with a refreshing look at tooth wear. Quite how video clips of Viagra and the Welsh Rugby s memorably triumph over England, related tooth wear, we all shall continue to wonder, but we enjoyed them anyway! His presentation was backed up with a wealth of evidence. We were left with the conclusion that occlusal vertical dimension is not as sacred in the dentate patient as we have been taught.

The following days programme was opened by Professor Palmer of GKT. Despite the free flowing drinks and a late night, the auditorium was full. As would be expected, Professor Palmer gave a superb account of the prognostic factors in periodontal disease and implants. The biggest take home message was improve oral hygiene and stop them from smoking!

s Professor of Restorative Care of the elderly, Fraser McCord continued the theme of implants. He spoke with certainty that the demanding clinical skills required by the prosthodontist would still be as equally important in the implant retained prosthesis. Many of the similar problems needed solving.

The important role of the technician in restorative dentistry was not forgotten. Anthony Laurie, principal of a futuristic Central London laboratory was the next speaker. He gave a comprehensive view of the problems faced by the technician, or as he preferred to call them, the challenges. The delegates were educated in the laboratory procedures of the computerised laboratory. The message was that good clinician-technician dialogue will is of paramount importance even with technological advances.

Dental s Kevin Lewis gave a humorous run down of litigation hot spots around the world and Top areas of litigation in Dentistry. We are apparently lucky in not being one of the most litigious regions in the world. Therefore Dental Protection is able to predict these trends by monitoring the litigious hot spots in the world.

The final speaker was Professor Trevor Burke, from Birmingham. He brought the programme to a close with his talk on adhesive advances. He presented evidence that adhesive dentistry is very definitely here to stay. He assured us that our dreams would be answered with a non-shrinking composite being available in the next few years.

Social Programme

Any serious scientific programme is never complete without an equally full social programme. A drinks reception started the evening. The setting was sipping champagne on board Maid of the with a gentle sea breeze and the sun were we in England?

Nada Al Nahi, Sohaib Safiullah, Richard Palmer, Dela Laverick aboard the Maid of the Harbour

Annual Black-Tie was nothing less than a gourmet four-course meal. Each course accompanied by a specially chosen wine by the President Leon Ellis.

Leon Ellis making his after dinner speech

Guests of the Society included Dame Margaret Seward, Dr Andrew Hyatt, President of the British Endodontic Society, Dr Peter Likeman, President of BSSPD and Professor Nairn Wilson, President of the GDC.

The end of dinner seemed only to be the beginning of the night for many. The usual culprits, they know who they are, then entertained the Hotel bar staff well into the early hours. Some seemed so determined to make the most of the idyllic setting; they stayed up for the sunrise of the next day.

Trade fair

A conference is never complete without the opportunity to mingle with the Dental Trade (For list of sponsors and see what is new. There was good support from the sponsors.

Sponsors: Astra Tech Ltd, Ceramic Systems Ltd, CMA Ltd Diama Dental Burs, Cotene/Whaledent Ltd, Denplan Ltd, Denstsply Ltd, G. C. UK Ltd, General Medical, Heraeus Kultzer Ltd, J & S Davis, Kavo Dental Ltd, Kerr UK Ltd, Nobel Biocare Uk Ltd, Optident Ltd, Panadent Ltd, Philips Oral Healthcare, Prestige Dental, Quintesence Publishing Co. Ltd, Schottlander, Ventura Oral Systems Ltd, W & H (UK) Ltd, Walton Dental Arts Ltd.

Andrew RJ Elder
Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, Barts and the London NHS Trust

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