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

The IFPDC Winter Scientific Meeting will be held on Sat 16th November 2019

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, DDUH

Fee: Free to IFPDC members; Non-members €150

This course has been awarded 6 verifiable CPD points

Book a place directly (electronically) through the website


download the Application Form below and forward it along with the appropriate fee, if applicable, to the IFPDC



10.00 – 10.45 ‘The broken down tooth’
          Dr Andrew Shelley, Specialist Prosthodontist, Manchester UK
10.45 – 11.30 ‘Radiographic Interpretation for the Dental Practitioner’
          Dr Caitriona Aherne, GDP and Part-time Lecturer in Oral Radiology, CDUH
11.30 – 12.00 Coffee
12.00 – 12.45 ‘The broken down Restoration’
           Dr Andrew Shelley, Specialist Prosthodontist, Manchester UK
12.45 – 1.00 Questions
1.00 – 1.45 Lunch
1.45 – 2.30 ‘Oral Surgery and the GDP’
           Mr Conor Barry, Consultant Max-Fax Surgeon, St James’s Hospital
2.30 – 3.15 ‘The broken down mouth’
           Dr Andrew Shelley, Specialist Prosthodontist, Manchester UK
3.15 – 3.30 Questions and close
3.30  AGM



Dr Andrew Shelley, Specialist Prosthodontist, Manchester

Dr Shelley will give an update on the restoration of endodontically treated anterior and posterior teeth and the broken down dentition.

Attendees will gain an understanding of :-

  • how to restore endodontically treated teeth without weakening the base structure
  • how to understand and manage failure of restorations such as bridgework, including some aspects of occlusion.
  • the life changing dental conditions where patients have few remaining teeth, a collapsed occlusion or total loss of function.  This would include consideration of overdentures, dental implant therapy and fixed v removable solutions

Dr Caitriona Ahearn, General Practitioner, part-time Lecturer CDUH

Dr Ahearn will give an update on the use of radiographic imaging to aid diagnosis

Attendess will gain :-

  • a better understanding of dental imaging
  • increased awareness of typical and atypical anatomic features
  • increased awareness of radiographic signs of dental disease
  • a better understanding of new regulations and their impact on the GDP

Dr Conor Barry, Consultant Max-Fax Surgeon, St James’s Hospital

Dr Barry will give an update on how to deal with the difficult extraction and it’s sequelae

Attendees will gain awareness of :-

  • Appropriate surgical removal of bone during difficult extractions and appropriate instrumentation
  • case selection and referral
  • how to deal with post-extraction complications and polypharmacy

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.

Masters in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) – September 2020

Masters in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) – September 2020

The Dublin Dental University Hospital with the support of the IFPDC is offering a new-format  Masters Degree in General Dental Practice – Masters in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) – for September 2020.  The Masters qualification is awarded by TCD.

This new format involving additional modules relevant to General Dental Practice will commence in September 2020. The course will be part-time blended learning, and suitable for practitioners to continue in their daily working practice.

Application and further details will be available in late Spring 2020 via the Postgraduate Dean’s Office, DDUH.