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

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.