IFPDC Donation to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA)

In December 2019 the IFPDC made a donation of €3,000 to the IMNDA. The donation will go towards providing specialised equipment such as wheelchairs, beds, hoists, and communication aids, and will help fund much needed home-care hours.

The donation will help  the more than 390 people suffering from Motor Neurone Disease in Ireland to lead active and independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible.

Dr Kevin Dunne, Treasurer IFPDC pictured donating a chque for €3,000 to Ms Jackie Martin, Fundraising Executive, IMNDA

Spring Scientific Meeting, Sat 21st March 2020

The IFPDC Spring Scientific Meeting will be held in the Large lecture Theatre, DDUH on Sat 21st March 2020.

 There is an exciting line-up of speakers

Dr David McReynolds, Assistant Professor Restorative Dentistry, DDUH will speak about practical applications of Digital Dentistry in General Dental Practice and CBCT scanning for the GDP

Dr Susan Butler, Specialist Prosthodontist, Galway will give a presentation on Minimally Invasive Clinical Strategies for Discoloured Teeth

Dr Noel Kavanagh, Education and Engagement Lead (Ireland), DPL will address consent and the general dental practitioner (one DPL Risk Credit available)

Mr John Tuffy HIQA Regional Manager (Ionising Radiation) will give some insight into HIQA’s first involvement in dentistry – dental radiology.


Further details and booking advice to follow shortly

Hands-on Crown Preparation Course – Sat 29th Feb 2020



Waiting List now open for additional date. If interested please email info@ifpdc.ie



Hands-on Crown Preparation Course

Venue: Skills Lab, DDUH                             Date: Sat 29th Feb 2020                  Tutor: Dr Susan Butler

Fee: IFPDC members €180;  non-members €295

Application Form – Hands-on Crown Preparation Course Sat 20th Feb 2020

Full crown coverage, specific to different restorative materials, compatible with Minimally Invasive Dentistry. Clear the confusion associated with the vast array of dental materials used in crown and bridge work and the amount of preparation required.

The course will give participants an understanding of outcome based crown preparation and design, beginning with the end in mind. How to be as conservative as possible for full crown preparation. Using the most appropriate tooth reduction dimensions to achieve the desired outcome. Exploring the digital workflow for full coverage crowns.

Confined to 14 places.

Dr Susan Butler, BDS, MGDS, MSc

Susan graduated from UCC in 1996. She has worked for the NHS, for the public dental service and in private practice. Her post graduate studies include MGDS from the RCSI and MSc in Conservative Dentistry from the Eastman Dental Hospital (UCL). She currently works part time in a prosthodontic referral practice, teaches at DDUH and has recently opened her own practice limited to restorative dentistry and prosthodontics at the Oranhill Dental Suite in Oranmore, Co. Galway.

Winter Scientific Meeting Sat 16th November 2019 – Review

The IFPDC Winter Scientific Meeting was held on Sat 16th November 2019 in the Large Lecture Theatre, DDUH. 


The keynote speaker was Dr Andrew Shelley, Specialist Prosthodontist, Manchester, who guided attendees through the different evidence-based approaches to restoring the broken down tooth, the broken down restoration and the broken down mouth.
Dr Caitriona Ahern, GDP and part-time lecturer in Oral Radiology in UCC, gave a practical and informative presentation on radiographic interpretation.
Dr Conor Barry, Consultant Max-Fax surgeon, St James’s Hospital, provided valuable tips on minor oral surgery in general dental practice.
There was excellent evaluation feedback from attendees on the quality and practicality of the presentations.

Orthodontics Course Sat 21st Sept 2019 – Review


Review of recent Orthodontics Course : ‘OLD PRINCIPLES MEETS NEW TECHNOLOGIES’.

The Orthodontics Course held on Sat 21st Sept was a very enjoyable day with Dr Paul Dowling reviewing orthodontic treatments and systems. The attendees were a cross section of GDPs, some of who were already providing orthodontic treatment and others with no experience.

Paul opened the session by demonstrating various items of useful kit including the NOLA appliance and the iTero scanner.

He reviewed the principles of orthodontics and post treatment retention.

He stressed the importance of a thorough examination, photos and records before we had an interactive diagnosis and treatment planning session. This was a valuable and informative part of the day, as Paul demonstrated his knowledge and patience!

Paul also gave an overview of consent, treatment risks and the importance of case selection.

He examined the current options offered by short term orthodontic systems and new technologies that are coming on stream.  He stressed that teeth will move, variously affected by pressure and time.

Spring Meeting Sat 9th March 2019 – REVIEW

The IFPDC Spring Scientific Meeting was held on Sat 9th March 2019 in the Large Lecture Theatre, DDUH.

The keynote speaker was Dr Serpil Djemal Consultant in Restorative Dentistry and Lead for Dental Trauma, King’s College, London.

Dr Djemal gave three presentations on the management of dental trauma. She gave attendees the benefit of her wealth of experience as the Lead for Dental Trauma in King’s College. She outlined the simple classification system she uses when faced with traumatic injuries of different complexities, and identified the emergency and immediate treatments appropriate to different types of traumatic injuries in mature and immature teeth.

Dr Brenda Barrett and Dr Gus Papathomas, who have recently been awarded the MClinDent from TCD, used the evidence based information they collected during their Masters studies to deliver presentations  on ‘Management of Deep Carious Lesions’ and the ‘Effectiveness of Mandibular Advancement Devices in Sleep Apnoea’.

Following these presentations Dr Mairead Harding, Deputy Director of the Oral Health Services Research Centre in UCC issued an appeal for help in devising information materials to  be used by general dentists to publicise evidence about the relationship between fluoride and dental health. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Mairead on  021 4901103 or email info@ifpdc.ie

The final speaker on the day was Prof Brian O’Connell who  outlined the risks and benefits of  Digital Dentistry. Prof O’Connell gave practical and pragmatic advice on the purchase of Digital Equipment, he outlined the current state of play  and recent developments in Digital Dentistry, and he identified likely future trends.



The OHSRC (UCC) and the General Dentist

Oral Health Services Research Centre (OHSRC) UCC and the General Dentist

The OHSRC needs you

Researchers in the Oral Health Services Research Centre (OHSRC), University College Cork (UCC), working on the HRB funded Fluoride and Caring for Children’s Teeth (FACCT) study (https://www.ucc.ie/en/ohsrc/research/facct/) have secured funding through a Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme (KEDS) award. The award supports the dissemination of the results of the FACCT study to General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) and ultimately their patients.


Why do we need you?

GDP’s are extremely busy and productive with a wealth of ideas, we wish to have this input to develop a meaningful resource for GDPs, with minimum interference with your day-to-day work. Through the FACCT study a wealth of information relevant to children’s oral health and oral health behaviour now exists and we would like to increase awareness of this information.


What do we want to do?

The research team would like to work with a small number of GDPs to ensure that the results of the study are communicated in a way that is appropriate to GDPs and their patients. The researchers wish to collaborate with approximately four GDPs.  


What involvement is required?

The GDPs will form part of a steering group and assist in the development of an educational resource for GDPs to  ultimately benefit patients and oral health.  The dentist group will participate in a structured workshop where the outline content of the resource will be formulated. The FACCT research team will then work towards developing the resource with input from the steering group via email or teleconferences. Although developed for GDPs, the completed educational resource will be freely available to Oral Health Promoters, dental nurses, dental hygienists and the general public.


How to get involved?

The OHSRC UCC would love to work with you and develop a resource what works best for the busy GDP in promoting health and preventing disease. For further information about this project please contact Dr Mairead Harding, Oral Health Services Research Centre, Cork University Dental School and Hospital, Wilton, Cork.
Email m.harding@ucc.ie tel 021 4901103.