Chris McConnell, principal of St Piran Dental in Cornwall, talks about The Dentistry Show
Providing two days of education through lectures, live demonstrations and interactive on-stand sessions, The Dentistry Show hosts a line-up of national and international speakers and covers a huge range of topics with programmes tailored to each member of the team, including dentists, dental nurses, dental hygienists and therapists, practice managers – and dental technicians in the co-located Dental Technology Showcase (DTS).
Chris McConnell, Principal of St Piran Dental in Cornwall, will be among the speaker line-up in the BACD Aesthetic Dentist Theatre. He explains why his topic is particularly relevant for professionals today.
“Due to increased awareness about minimal preparations, additive cosmetic dentistry and the amalgam phase out, composite dentistry is currently seeing a huge surge in popularity. With the advent of digital dentistry in the last few years, all our composite materials have evolved significantly, but our understanding of the different aspects involved has not. Nowadays, the more aesthetic composites are digitally enhanced, and without understanding what has happened and how the handling has changed, practitioners risk walking blindly into the unknown.
“I think another common pitfall is the misunderstanding about curing lights and their compatibility with aesthetic composites. I hope my lecture will raise awareness about the areas where changes have occurred to help these composites perform better.”
Chris continues, “I always believe in being straight to the point. If I attend a lecture I want to get something out of it. Thanks to massive changes in composites’ composition, many dentists are making errors without knowing because we haven’t been told about the property changes. The topics covered in my lecture will highlight these issues, allowing delegates to implement changes to their practice immediately with minimal or no outlay.
“It is essential that my lecture provides dentists with the information they need to improve their handling of composites, increasing both productivity and profitability while reducing stress. The lecture will review the latest concepts on etching, bonding, light curing, and the advances of the new dual wave lights. I will also discuss the new photo initiators being found in the more advanced composites and how these could affect treatment outcomes.”
Chris concludes, “The Dentistry Show is a phenomenal resource. It is an annual one-stop-shop for everything dentistry. There is no other event or place where you can get that much information in one place, in one day. It’s also a great place to meet friends. Furthermore, I am looking forward to the awards evening – which I think is a great idea.”