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.


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

Dr Margaret Tuite demonstrating isolation techniques


Hot Topics and Top Tips in Paediatric Dentistry


The IFPDC was 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 covered common presenting complaints and problems unique to under 12 year olds that present to general practice and HSE clinics.

The workshop format was very well received by all attendees, with excellent evaluation feedback. The morning consisted of a series of presentations on a range of topics relevant to children’s dentistry. In the afternoon attendees participated in table demonstrations which complimented the morning presentations.

Dr Rona Leith demonstrating the  Hall Technique

Sincere thanks are due to the following Paediatric Consultants and Specialists who delivered their chosen topics with great enthusiasm and expertise.

Behaviour management Dr Abigail Moore
Age one dental visit Dr Kirsten FitzGerald
Examination and caries diagnosis Dr Aifric Ni Chaollai
Prevention – Fissure sealants, Fluoride, SDF Dr Eleanor Mc Govern
Hall crown technique and indirect pulp therapy Dr Rona Leith
Working environment Dr Margaret Tuite


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.”