‘We’re back!’

The biggest one-day dental event in Scotland returns with a new name and focused on a return to high-quality dentistry

20 October, 2021 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

The Faculty Study Day, as so many of dental professionals know it, is an institution; thousands having attended since its inception in 1992. It has featured some of the legends of dentistry, from Van Haywood and Gordon Christensen to Didier Dietschi and Serpil Djemal. Arguably the most social event in dentistry, it caters for 400 attendees and culminates in a drinks reception overlooking the Clyde.

After a COVID-induced break in 2020, the Study Day is back but under a new guise. 

Tricia Thomson, West of Scotland dentist and CGDent Council Member, explained: “In July 2021, the Faculty of General Dental Practice of the RCS England evolved into the independent College of General Dentistry. The College will build on the strong foundations of quality CPD, professional standards, and Fellowship of Practice that has been achieved over the last three decades by FGDP. Following the necessary protocols, in time, it is hoped that it will be awarded Royal College status.”

In the West of Scotland, a new independent organisation affiliated to CGDent will support the principles and ethos of the College, especially with its proposed career pathway for dental professionals. This will provide many opportunities for mentoring and tuition to foster dental careers in Scotland with both organisations supporting each other.

All members of the practice team are welcome to join the College which offers a range of benefits – including discounted rates for the Study Day itself.

Tricia added: “The Study Day on the 3 December marks our first meeting under the banner of CGDent. We are delighted that we will have the historic first elected President of CGDent, Abhi Pal, in attendance for the day. In particular, we are also thrilled to be hosting the first major face to face dental meeting in Scotland since the start of the pandemic.”

Safety will be paramount with lateral flow tests and vaccine status requested alongside mask wearing in certain settings. For those who would prefer not to attend in person, live streaming will be available.

Focusing on a return to high quality dentistry

The Study Day will bring together three of the UK’s most experienced educators. 

Iain Chapple will discuss the relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic non-communicable diseases based on current evidence, and the role of the dental team in the medical management of their patients. He will detail the diagnosis of early peri implant disease, the consequences of late diagnosis, and review the evidence for long term survival of implants versus periodontally involved teeth, before discussing the success rates and risk factors for implants and the associated legal issues.

Carol Tait will continue the theme by discussing pulpal and periapical disease and assessment for endodontic treatment, delivering clinical tips on the way, before moving on to complex endodontic problems and techniques, and likely treatment outcomes and methods to increase success rates.

The day will finish with the Caldwell Memorial Lecture delivered by Steve Bonsor, General Dental Practitioner and lecturer at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, who will deliver a stimulating address on modern dental materials in an engaging and informative manner.

Dental team members can book their places by visiting the CGDent Scotland website at cgdent.scot.uk

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