Clinical techniques showcased

17 February, 2020 / indepth

Prominent UK dentists and experts in leadership share their insights

Members of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners Scotland celebrated ten years of hosting their annual Study Day at the Glasgow Science Centre in December. Nearly 400 delegates gathered to hear presentations from Professor Avijit Banerjee and Professor Tara Renton, of King’s College London, as well as talks on leadership, and to network and socialise.

The FGDP(UK) Scotland Study Day has been held every year since 1992 and is now one of the leading events in Scotland’s dental calendar. At the latest gathering, dentists who graduated from Glasgow in 1984 and 1989 joined their colleagues during the day before an evening reunion meal. At the same time, the full cohort of BDS5 students from Glasgow Dental School and the majority of their predecessors in VT (Foundation Year) joined a group of established dentists and recent MJDF graduates to represent the full spectrum of the dental community. Avijit Banerjee’s talks outlined the modern management concepts for treating the deep carious lesion in an adult. He described the use of some of the clinical operative techniques and bio-interactive materials available to restore teeth and provided appropriate clinical tips.

In Tara Renton’s presentation on nonodontogenic pain, delegates were encouraged to consider patients holistically. Her second talk was a thorough review of the evidence and techniques for local anaesthesia providing a compelling case for infiltration dentistry whilst avoiding systemic and localised complications.

The presentations concluded with the Caldwell Memorial Lecture on Leadership with Faculty board member, Sami Stagnell; NHS Lanarkshire’s clinical director of general dental services, Laura Milby; and Major General Ewan Carmichael, founder of the Air Assault Medical Regiment, each providing their take on the subject.

This year’s Study Day is on Friday 4 December at the Science Centre and features Professor Iain Chapple, Head of the School of Dentistry at Birmingham University; Professor John Whitworth, of the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University; and Steve Bonsor, Senior Clinical Lecturer at Aberdeen University’s Institute of Dentistry, who will deliver the Caldwell Memorial Lecture.

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