Townsville Orthodontic Specialists Clinical Education Event 2018

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Mercure Hotel Townsville

166 Woolcock Street

Townsville, Queensland 4812


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The team at Townsville Orthodontic Specialists will be hosting a complimentary interdisciplinary CPD event in 2018. Please mark this date in your calendar, as we would very much like to see you there.


Dr Michael Lewis - Prosthodontist

Michael graduated from undergraduate dentistry in 2003 with Honours and a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics at the University of Sydney in 2010.

During his specialisation program at Westmead Hospital he received extensive training in aesthetic and implant dentistry, conventional crown and bridge, denture prosthetics and orofacial pain management. He is the proud recipient of the John H Wilson prize for proficiency in Prosthodontics and the Campbell Harry Graham prize in Prosthetic Dentistry.

Michael enjoys a casual educational role with University of Queensland, Griffith University and the University of Sydney in addition to maintaining a full-time private practice in the Brisbane CBD with Dr Ambereen Khan. Michael also currently serves as the president of the Australian Prosthodontic Society and vice president of Vardiman Dental Study Club.

Dr Desmond Ong - Orthodontist

Desmond is a Clinical Academic in the Discipline of Orthodontics at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry. He presents lectures regularly on behalf of the Australian Society of Orthodontists and the ADAQ. Desmond is a past winner of the Young Lecturer Award from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Desmond assists in the development and delivery of the Undergraduate Orthodontic Program at the University of Queensland and also remains involved with the Postgraduate DClinDent (Orthodontics) Program.

Desmond is a reviewer for the Australasian Orthodontic Journal, has published clinical orthodontic articles in the Australian Dental Journal and is a regular contributor to the ADAQ News on behalf of the Australian Society of Orthodontists.

Lecture Topics and Synopses

Dr Michael Lewis

Lecture 1: Restoration of the worn dentition

The principles of oral rehabilitation remain the same, however the materials and fabrication techniques at our disposal are Iimited.

Traditional prosthodontic approaches such as crown and bridge tend to be subtractive, however, with the advent of new dental ceramics and improved material properties, additive approaches are becoming more and more popular. This lecture will discuss the transitional and permanent options available to restore the worn and eroded dentition.

Lecture 2: Restoration and Replacement of “Little Teeth”

Little teeth always pose a problem for replacement and restoration. To start there is not very much of them, therefore any subtractive procedure tends to compromise the strength of what remains. Secondly, such teeth are also commonly missing in the dental arch. This poses potential issues when patients have remaining growth potential. The lecture aims to explore through illustration treatment modalities to replace and restore little teeth during the transitional and permanent dentition.

Lecture 3: I Did It My Way! Preps, Impressions, Bites and Temps

It's been a long hard day. You’re overworked, underpaid and last thing you want on your weekend is a lecture on statistics and references!

If the above scenario strikes a chord then this lecture is for you! The longevity of our crown and bridge is as much related to the treatment planning and material properties as the skill with which the procedures are carried out. This lecture is jam-packed full of clinical videos to improve our techniques for crown and bridge prosthetics along with explanations of the rationale behind those decisions.

Dr Desmond Ong

Lecture 1: Space Maintenance and Space Management in the Mixed Dentition

The best space maintainer is undoubtedly a patient’s natural primary tooth. If a primary tooth is lost prematurely, there are many factors that may influence the clinician’s decision whether or not to provide a space maintainer appliance.

Space management may involve regaining space that was previously lost or considering the utilisation of leeway space for future crowding resolution. Any form of interceptive orthodontic treatment must be carefully evaluated from the cost-benefit perspective. This presentation will outline the important patient-related factors to consider for mixed dentition patients with space issues and aims to provide a balanced overview of the potential benefits and limitations.

Lecture 2: Real World Orthodontics

Orthodontics is arguably one of the most fascinating and frustrating disciplines of dentistry. Despite improvements in modern technology, comprehensive diagnosis, informed consent and evidence-based treatments are still of paramount importance.

Increasing patient expectations require increasing clinical competency and awareness to avoid the pitfalls in practice.

If you require additional information, please contact Jessica Spinelli (Practice Manager) via phone on 07 4775 4433.

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