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Restorative Dentistry Professorial Talks And Workshops 2017

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  Invited Speakers


Dr. Paul Brunton,

Professor, Restorative Dentistry,
Faculty of Dentistry,
University of Otago New Zealand

Operative Dentistry
Prof. Brunton graduated from the University of Leeds School of Dentistry in 1984 and obtained his MSc in restorative dentistry in 1992 and his PhD in 1996 from the University of Manchester.  He was granted his fellowship in dental surgery from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1995 and subsequently was awarded Fellowship ad eundem of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2005 and of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2009.  He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry University of Otago.

Lecture: Posterior Composites: The secrets for success.

In this lecture and hands on course the secrets to successful placement of posterior composites will be explored. Topics to be discussed will include: Case and material selection, an update on enamel and dentine adhesives, placement and finishing techniques and what to do with problem cases. The lecture will also dispel some of the myths associated with the use of resin composites posteriorly.


This workshop will focus on the successful placement of anterior and posterior resin composites. Practical exercises will include the preparation, placement and finishing of resin composite restorations.

In addition, hints for successful restoration placement and how to deal with commonly encountered difficulties with the use of resin composites will be discussed.

Dr. Warwick Duncan,
Professor, Periodontics and Oral Implantology,
Faculty of Dentistry,
University of Otago, New Zealand


Prof. Duncan’s primary research activities involve the fields of Periodontology and Dental Implantology. His expertise is in the use of animal models for testing therapeutic strategies in these fields, including clinical, microbiological, histomorphometric, and radiomorphometric analysis of peri-implant, periodontal, and maxillofacial tissues. He supervises postgraduate studetnts in Periodontics, Dental Implantology and Forensic Dentistry.

Lecture 1.  Surgical considerations: immediate placement versus socket regeneration and delayed placement.

Replacement of unrestorable teeth using titanium dental implants to support fixed prostheses has become the gold standard for oral rehabilitation. Following tooth extraction, up to 50% of the alveolar ridge width is lost, with 2/3 of this occurring during the first three months. This creates significant issues for accurate three dimensional positioning of implants in order to achieve a functionally and aesthetically acceptable outcome. If significant resorption occurs, preparatory or concomitant bone regeneration using particulate xenografts or block autografts may be required. Without this, buccal malpositioning outside of the alveolar arch may predispose to later infective and inflammatory sequelae such as peri-mucositis or peri-implantitis. Two strategies have been suggested to deal with this problem: immediate implant placement at the time of tooth extraction, and socket bone replacement grafting followed by delayed implant placement. This presentation will discuss the indications, contraindications, decision making and pitfalls associated with these contrasting approaches.

Lecture 2. Peri-implantitis - what to do when it all goes wrong.

Most clinicians want the dental implants that they place in their patient, to last for the lifetime of that patient,. Certainly that is also the expectation of our patients. However, we now understand that implants may be even more vulnerable to infective-inflammatory events (peri-implantitis) than the patient’s own natural dentition. The dimensions of the problem are unclear - there are conflicting reports within the literature as to the prevalence and frequency of peri-implant diseases. However, most implant surgeons can expect at some stage to encounter a patient who has suppuration, bleeding and pocket formation around their otherwise well-integrated dental implant. What do we do then? What is the standard of care? What is the prognosis? What are the ideal diagnostic tools for quantifying peri-implantitis? When do we give up and remove the implant, and what are the considerations if this becomes the treatment plan? This presentation will attempt to answer some of these questions.

Dr. Hugh Devlin,

Professor, Restorative Dentistry,
University of Manchester,
Manchester United Kingdom


Prof. Devlin is a Registered Specialist in Prosthodontics (GDC Specialist List). He has published 115 refereed research journal articles and is author of two textbooks  (Restorative Dentistry and Implantology). He has £4.33 million obtained in competitive grants as a principal or co-investigator. In 2011, He received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award (Research in Prosthodontics and Implants Award). He is Associate Editor for both the Journal of Prosthodontics (2007- present) and Gerodontology Journal (2012 - present). He is the Programme Director for the MSc programme in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry.

Lecture: Smile design and occlusal adjustment of teeth

The lectures will include aspects of smile design and guidance on occlusal adjustment of teeth when occlusal interferences exist.

Occlusion Workshop

This workshop is designed for those who wish to know more about occlusal analysis of the dentition; whether they are at a beginner’s level or are at a more advanced stage.  The lecture in the morning will include aspects of smile design and guidance on occlusal adjustment of teeth when occlusal interferences exist.

For the beginner:  the purpose of this workshop is to encourage attendees to be confident in occlusal examinations of their patients.  After the workshop, they should feel confident about recording the retruded contact position (or centric relation = CR) and providing mounted models of your patients in this position.

A series of activities are planned:
  • Working in pairs, you will take facebow recordings of each other.  We will demonstrate how to record centric relation.  Again working in pairs you will do this on each other, to produce appropriate occlusal recordings.
  • We will show how you can record a patient’s existing anterior guidance on the articulator so that it can be copied in future restorations.
  • We will demonstrate how to produce selective adjustment of the teeth to provide an even occlusion in CR.

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