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.

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.