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New Techniques in Managing Caries

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Dental Academy

This hands-on course will look at simple ways of diagnosing dental caries, using sound observational techniques, with diagnostic cleaning regimes using bioactive glass air abrasion.

It will then give food-for-thought on how much decayed tissue needs to be removed during cavity preparation.

New (and old) techniques for caries removal will be introduced and assessed.

Finally, the interactions occurring between remineralising materials such as Biodentine and the prepared tooth will be explored.

The hands-on element will include the use of bioactive glass air abrasion and the handling and placement of Biodentine.

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30th November 2017
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Professor Tim F Watson BSc BDS PhD FDSRCS, is Professor of Biomaterials and Restorative Dentistry and Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at King’s College London Dental Institute, Guy’s Hospital. Much of his research is based on the microscopic imaging of new operative techniques and adhesive restorative materials, with extensive publications in the fields of microscopy, dental materials and operative dentistry. Twenty PhD students have graduated under his supervision over the last 19 years. He has worldwide lecturing commitments and his research group has attracted over £6M in research grants from Government, Charity and Industrial sources. He worked in the same private practice at weekends for over 30 years. His other hobbies are model engineering and industrial archaeology.


The techniques, described in this course, are at the cutting edge of the science of caries. They will enable practitioners to explore the use of modern ideas, to be able to restore advanced tissue destruction without the use of laboratory work. This will enable the practitioner to test advanced restorative work, without the need to move to destructive crown and bridge work, improving patient comfort, yet controlling costs.


By attending this course you will:

  1. Understand the mechanisms which produce carious lesions in enamel and dentine.
  2. Understand how different preparation techniques can be used to produce more conservative interventions.
  3. Understand how restorations can be made to bond and seal caries affected tissues.
  4. Appreciate the principles of biomineralisation as produced by new remineralising materials and their use in management of the pulp in deep cavities.

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