Preliminary Notice – Joint IFPDC/EAPD Paediatric Workshop Sat 2nd Feb 2019

Hot Topics and Top Tips in Paediatric Dentistry

Date: Sat 2nd Feb 2019

Fee: €195 for IFPDC members; €295 for non-members

Numbers strictly limited

The IFPDC is delighted to partner the Irish Division of the European Association of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) in organising this Workshop and to avail of the first class expertise the EAPD has to offer. The programme will cover common presenting complaints and problems unique to under 12 year olds that present to general practice.

The Workshop format is didactic and hands-on table demonstrations.

Further details to follow.


Congratulations to the 2018 MClinDent Masters candidates

Congratulations to the eight general practitioners who successfully completed the inaugural MClinDent (Masters in General Dental Practice) course.  The eight practitioners took the time out from their practice, or their HSE work, to successfully complete two didactic modules,  24 hands-on days, and a Dissertation.

Congratulations and a heartiest ‘thank you’ to Dr Michael O’Sullivan and his team in the DDUH who made this Masters possible.

On Sept 7th each candidate gave a short presentation of the main findings of their respective Dissertations. The topics covered were all relevant to general practice and everyday dentistry, and all were highly praised by the visiting Extern Examiner.

The following Dissertation topics were covered  by the 2018 Masters group:

“The effectiveness of mandibular advancement devices in the management of sleep apnoea”

“A review of the safety of dental local anaesthetics”

“A systematic review of the importance of keratinized tissues around implants: can they help in the prevention of peri-implant diseases?”

“What is the total amount of money spent per capita on dental services by people living in Ireland, compared with Scotland and England? A Health Economic Analysis”

“Bonding of Resin-Based composite restorations to pathologically altered dentine”

“Management of deep carious lesions: A literary review”

“A review of the performance of single unit all – ceramic posterior restorations, with a special focus on three ceramics manufactured chairside using CAD-CAM technology”

“What are the pain assessment tools available to assess/diagnose orofacial pain in people with severe dementia”


Dr Gus papthomas presenting his Dissertation Topic ‘The Effectiveness of Mandibular Advancement Devices in the Management of Sleep Apnoea.’


Dr Helen Walsh presenting her Dissertation topic "A review of the performance of single unit all – ceramic posterior restorations, with a special focus on three ceramics manufactured chairside using CAD-CAM technology."
Dr Helen Walsh presenting her Dissertation topic “A review of the performance of single unit all – ceramic posterior restorations, with a special focus on three ceramics manufactured chairside using CAD-CAM technology.”

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