British Academy of Restorative Dentistry (BARD) Conference 2016 Review

Delegates listening to Prof. Paul Tipton during his lecture at BARD Conference 2016

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The BARD Conference 2016 was held at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club on 3rd and 4th June. Friday (the first day of the event) was kicked off by an address from The President, Professor Paul Tipton and Conference Chair, Dr Adam Toft, followed by a day of lectures in various topics by speakers from all over the World culminating with a live patient demonstration. Rishi Patel spoke on the failing of Anterior restorations and how to manage these cases, this was followed by an entertaining talk by James Pritchard giving useful tips and tricks on 3D cleaning of roots canals, making you look at endodontics in a different way. The Equipoise denture system is a concept that has been around for some time and Kevin Lochhead gave a speech about the concepts and design of these dentures. Linda Greenwall came straight to the conference from the airport to give an enlightening speech on the Tooth whitening journey and when and how to treat cases that conventionally would not be treated in this way. Periodontal Litigation and Tooth wear are both increasingly problematic and Hatem Algrafee and Ken Hemmings gave new insights into these subjects. When people think of Facial aesthetics they usually relate it to beautifying treatment, Timothy Elridge opened a few peoples minds on its uses in dentistry and how it could fit into everyday practice. The day ended by Eugene Marais and Victor Cubillos from Spain, captivating everyone with their Arton4 implant Prosthetic concept and demonstrating how easy it is to fit a fixed Arton prosthesis on a live patient who they placed implants on the day before. The patient was delighted about his treatment outcome and gave a brief statement which gave a touching view on the experience.

The British Academy of Restorative Dentistry (BARD) is an organisation whose core purpose is the education of dental clinicians, aiding in the improvement of Oral Health by offering them a flexible learning pathway.

These pathways can lead to MRD via PG certificate, Diploma, MSc and MClindent. Members are encouraged and given the opportunity to improve their skills in all aspects of dentistry from the very basic principles to advanced treatments and concepts. Our members are not limited to just dentists, dental technicians are also part of the BARD Family.

After the success of the first day the second day concentrated more on new ideas and materials, starting with a look into the digital world with a talk on Cerec by Julian Caplan. Carlos Moura Guedes travelled from MALO Clinic in Lisbon to discuss the new possibilities for high performance polymers in the MALO Clinical approach. Whereas Bernd Siewert came from Spain to talk about high performance polymers uses in full arch implant prosthetics giving another view and use of the same material. There were an entertainingly informative speech by Dr Gary Unterbrink on Occlusion, who showed how to approach treatment in clinical cases and scenarios which initially could be daunting. The presence of dentists in the media is growing and Tony Kilcoyne gave guidelines on how to talk to the media and more importantly what not to say! Carl Fenwick a clinical Technician spoke about BPS dentures and the stages of production as well as how dentists and technicians can work together well. The conference ended with Sharif Khan sharing his knowledge on making dentistry comfortable not only for the patient but for the dentist too. Travelling from Dubai, Crawford Bain shared his wisdom on maintenance of the ageing dentition and the main point he shared was to plan for failure at time of treatment planning. Over the two days all the speakers directed their talks to dentistry in everyday practice, giving pointers on a more one-to one level during the extended breaks which was appreciated.

The BARD conference is intended to be more than just an educational experience. It is also designed to be unforgettable and enjoyable, especially when it comes to social evenings. The Saturday evening started with a drinks reception where everyone was amazed and baffled by an illusionist, there was a few “how did he guess that, just by looking at me?” comments. This reception was followed by a Charity dinner supporting The Vine trust Amazon Hope Programme which looks towards promoting health and dental care in Peru, supported by volunteers from the medical world. A considerable sum was raised via auctioning various items memorabilia and an unconventional game of ‘Heads and Tails.’ Followed by various unorthodox moves on the dance floor. The BARD family is growing year by year and the members are friendly and approachable creating a good network of clinicians, making social events like this more enjoyable. The night ended with new friends, laughter and some sore feet.

Sponsors of the event made a fantastic contribution, the response and support exceeded expectations. There were an array of exhibitors offering the latest in materials, products and innovative technology designed in making the clinical practice more economical, effective and efficient. The exhibits tied in with the lecture topics making their presence more valuable. The focal point was the Juvora stand where there were demonstrations of a new non-metal Polymer PEEK used for fixed/removable dental prosthesis. There was allocated time during the extended breaks and lunch for delegates to visit the exhibitors. Looking over the two Sponsor’s area during this time, there was a bustle of activity, with discussions of Implants (Osstem, Nobel Biocare, Arton System/Bioner), dental products/equipment (DMG,NSK, Henry Schein, Ivoclar Vivadent, Optident, GC, Dentsply, Kerr, Periproducts and Dental Air) as well as Loupes (Orascptic and Lemonchase). Over at the Tipton Training Booth, attendees could sign up to a range of theory and hands-on courses. Demonstrations of digital scanning and restoration production could be seen with Cerec. Allport & Vincent, core 3D and Swift dental talked about and showed the good quality work they produce, which gave the delegates a rare chance to discuss different approaches and treatments with lab technicians on a face to face basis. Braemar Finance provided their valuable knowledge in all things money/investment. There were dental experts from The Luke Barnett Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, an opportunity to talk to Porsche and sit in a Tesla. All in All there were products and services to suit everyones dental and some non-dental needs.

by Dr Nisha Sisodia (BARD)
Article originally published here

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