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Dawood and Tanner Study Day

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Versha Miyanger reports back from the Dawood and Tanner Study Day, which took place recently in London.

Last Friday saw the ninth Dawood and Tanner Study Day Programme at the Wellcome Collection in Euston. The theme of the day was ‘Core Values’ and the lectures focused on topical issues of interest to all dental professionals.

Andrew Dawood and Susan Tanner are a husband and wife team who for 25 years have run the highly successful Dawood and Tanner Specialist referral practice in London, renowned for their dental implant and restorative treatments.

The whole team at Dawood and Tanner are passionate about education, providing in-house courses, lectures and seminars. Once a year, they hold their preeminent study day with a selection of well-known and respected invited speakers, along with members of the Dawood and Tanner team.

This year, despite the heavy snowfall, the morning session kicked off to a full house with an introduction from moderator Dr Mark Rampersad. The first lecture was from specialist periodontist and dental implant surgeon Dr Fiona MacKillop, who along with Dr Susan Tanner is a founder of the British Woman’s Society of Implant Dentistry, promoting women in the field of implant dentistry. Her engaging presentation on soft tissues and improving tissue health, aesthetics and longevity for periodontal and implant patients was met with great interest by delegates.

Next, speaker specialist endodontist Dr Shanon Patel, gave a pragmatic approach to managing dental trauma and the challenges that are faced. He provided practical advice on the early management of the patient who presents with acute or recent dental trauma in general practice, and subsequent management in specialist practice. He then outlined methods for the definitive restoration of traumatised teeth.

Dr Almas Husain, specialist orthodontist, presented some avoidable diagnostic mishaps that have repeatedly found their way to her referral practice, and made suggestions for improved management. She showed some treated cases where an integrated orthodontic and restorative approach was a crucial aspect of the managment.

Specialist knowledge from specialist speakers

Following the morning session, the delegates flowed into the main room where sponsors were eagerly waiting to demonstrate new products and introduce services. It was a relaxed and informal atmosphere of dentists networking, sharing opinions and insights, enjoying delicious refreshments and pastries.

After the coffee break, partners Dr Andrew Dawood and Dr Susan Tanner lectured together with great humour and charm, as they discussed simple solutions to complex implant problems. They presented impressive case studies and reviewed some of the complications raised by their referring colleagues over the past year. They highlighted some of the major causes of frustration, and potential barriers to the uptake of implant treatments by patients, and offered some suggestions and techniques that they use to simplify treatment and expediting outcomes.

The charismatic Dr Raj Rattan closed the morning session with a brilliant presentation outlining why patients complain, and how, if complaints are not effectively managed they can damage your practice more swiftly and insidiously than one would think. Dr Rattan demonstrated the psychological aspects of complaining and reviewed the theoretical and practical aspects of complaints management. His entertaining yet serious lecture covered risk management and offered guidance on how to avoid escalation.

After a relaxed buffet lunch, delegates were treated to four more lectures. The afternoon began with prosthodontist Dr Saoirse O’Toole’s lecture on the aetiology and non-operative management of erosive tooth wear. Dr O’Toole emphasised that this has become an ever-increasing issue within the population due to the lifestyle changes that have occurred in recent decades. She covered diagnosis, underlying medical diseases; co-morbidities and medications that may exacerbate tooth wear.

Restorative consultant Dr Matthew Garrett’s presentation discussed the operative management of extensive tooth wear. His lecture covered the treatment methods and materials used in treating extensive tooth wear, and made calls for caution in clinical decision making. Illustrated using a series of clinical cases, Matthew looked at the contemporary evidence for the expected survival of each of the restorations discussed, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of materials and techniques used.

Dr Caroline Pankhurst lectured on the problems associated with the over-use of antibiotics and the increase in antimicrobial resistance. She outlined methods for dental practitioners to optimise patient treatment outcomes by appropriate use of antibiotics when necessary.

The closing lecture of the day was given by consultant in oral medicine Dr Pepe Shirlaw who covered different oral ulcers ranging from the simple traumatic and aphthous ulcers to oral manifestations of systemic disease and carcinoma. She gave many examples of the types of ulcers that a general dental practitioner might encounter in practice.

Many of the delegates were enthused, and said it was one of the best dental conferences they had attended, gaining new tips and ideas to reflect on, with the added bonus of CPD hours.

All in all, it was a thoroughly informative day with plenty of sound advice and specialist knowledge from the speakers.

The next Dawood and Tanner Study day will be held on 7 February 2020. In the meantime, there are plenty more courses available through the Dawood and Tanner Academy. See www.dawoodandtanneracademy.co.uk, call 020 7487 8970 or email office@dawoodandtanneracademy.co.uk.

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