FoD, RCSI Autumn Course schedule

Following a request from the FoD, RCSI we are happy to let you know about the FoD’s Autumn/Winter 2018 Postgraduate Dental Education Programme & Specialty Paediatrics Programme which will re-commence in September 2018.

The purpose of these programmes is to provide a learning opportunity for dentists and their team members who wish to update their knowledge on current concepts relative to general dental practice, and also for those who wish to pursue additional postgraduate qualifications. Complimentary registration is available for all 2018 modules. To register see the FoD website – or contact Ms Mary Brennan ( in the Faculty office.

Spring Scientific Meeting Sat 21st April – Review

The re-scheduled IFPDC Spring Scientific Meeting was held on Sat 21st April in the DDUH.

Despite the inconvenience of having to commit to the same meeting TWICE, and stiff competition from rugby, holidays, holy communions etc. there was strong attendance and a full array of top class speakers.

A special word of thanks is due to Dr Mark Condon who pulled out the stops at short notice and gave a really practical, highly informative talk on “Restorative Emergencies in daily Practice”. His tips on hassle free crown/bridge repair, emergency removal of fixed restorations, temporisation etc. were exactly on message for general practitioners and the audience went away with some real gems of information which can be applied straight away. Our sincere thanks to Mark.

Drs Mark Condon and Aodh MacGrainne at the Spring Scientific Meeting

Dr Tom Thayer also willingly travelled from Liverpool and gave two excellent talks. The first talk focussed on enhancing the effectiveness of LA. Tom’s second talk was on TMD – in all its’ guises!

Our thanks are also due to Drs Hal Duncan and Justin Moloney who also stepped up to the plate despite competition from family (Hal) and a GA session (Justin). Hal’s ground-breaking talk on minimally-invasive RC treatments was a real winner – are we about to see a revolution in endodontics?! Justin, through the use of excellent videos from his own practice and his own patients, gave practical advice on instruments, surgical set-up, access, LA etc. He demonstrated techniques that could simplify surgical situations that occur unplanned but need to be dealt with decisively.

Dr Michael O’Sullivan, Postgraduate Dean, DDUH gave an update to the audience on the Masters in General Dental Practice which is being run by the DDUH/TCD. He outlined the structure of the Top-up Masters Programme – the modules and thesis – and encouraged people with a Dip Clin Dent or equivalent qualification to apply for the next intake in Sept 2018. The application deadline is 31st July and information is available on the TCD Postgraduate website. Full details and application at the following link:

Dr Barry Hillery, who runs a single-handed general dental practice and is currently doing the Masters, gave a short presentation on his experience. He highlighted the many positive aspects to doing the Masters and that with a bit of planning and forethought it is very achievable for general practitioners.

Dr Hal Duncan speaking at the IFPDC Spring Meeting

IFPDC Donation

Dr Peter Mc Gonigal making a €3,000 donation on behalf of the IFPDC to Bro Kevin Crowley of the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless people and Dr Pat Cleary and Miriam of the Dental Volunteer Service.

Pictured (L-R) Bro Sean O’Donoghue, Dr Pat Cleary and Miriam, Bro Kevin Crowley and Dr Peter McGonigal.



Paediatric Dentistry Workshop – review

Dr Eleanor McGovern’s Table Demonstration on Prevention at the Paediatric Workshop on 7th Oct
Presenters at the Paediatric Dentistry Workshop


Hot Topics and Top Tips in Paediatric Dentistry

The Irish Division of The European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and The Irish Faculty of Primary Dental Care jointly held a very successful Workshop on Paediatric Dentistry on Sat 7th Oct 2017 in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin.

Topics covered :

1. Behaviour management
2. Age one dental visit
3. Caries diagnosis
4. Treatment planning
5. Fluoride varnish, Silver Diamine Fluoride, and Fissure sealants
6. Hall crown technique and indirect pulp therapy
7. Managing the working field
8. Rubber dam – simplified
9. Space maintainers
10. Mouth guards

Dr Evelyn Connolly, Senior Clinical Dental Surgeon, HSE Dental Services, Cavan/Monaghan
Dr Eleanor Mc Govern, Consultant Paediatric Dental Surgeon, Temple Street, Children’s University Hospital, Dublin
Dr Kirsten FitzGerald, Consultant Paediatric Dental Surgeon, Our lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and Dublin Dental University Hospital
Dr Margaret Tuite, Practice Limited to Paediatric Dentistry, Mount Merrion, Dublin
Dr Paddy Fleming, Associate Professor and Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Our lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and Dublin Dental University Hospital
Dr Rona Leith, Assistant Professor in Paediatric Dentistry, Dublin Dental University Hospital.