CPD ACTIVITIES

  • Progressive Smile Design, the Align Bleach bond Technique:An important concept in modern dentistry

    ABB (Align, Bleach and Bond) technique is the most important concept to c ome along in dentistry in the last decade.  it is applicable to both cosmet ic and functional dental treatments. It is also suitable for every dentist t o provide and can be used for a variety of indications. This, combined with its minimally invasive foundation, makes the concept a very useful tool in t he modern general dental practitioner's (GDP) armamentarium.  Execution of every step of the ABB technique is critical to attaining a result that can be favourably compared to more invasive cosmetic techniques. When performed correctly, it can prevent progression of tooth wear to a level where more ch allenging and/or expensive dentistry is needed.   The United Kingdom is l eading the way but the concept is spreading rapidly. The ABB technique there fore offers a more attractive solution to patients, in turn resulting in hig h treatment acceptance and enhanced outcomes. In addition, it enables clinic ians to practise the ethical and conservative dentistry they desire, while s till taking into account long-term function as well as aesthetics. The ABB technique is a step away from traditional smile design protocols which are based on strict proportions and rules, ABB allows patients to make their ow n smile as beautiful as possible and makes ceramic makeovers less invasive i f the patient chooses to proceed down that route.  Many of the studies tha t conventional smile design principles were created from actually show a wid e variation on what dental professionals and members of the public view as a esthetic or unaesthetic. The ABB technique allows the patient to see how be autiful their own smile could look after treatment, in a manner that is prog ressive and conservative. This can help to manage their expectations as it c an clearly demonstrate any limitations of treatment, and therefore increases the likelihood of patient satisfaction with the outcome. The patient can al so choose their own treatment endpoint, which may be far short of the textbo ok ideal but still delivers on what they want to achieve.  The progression of treatment involves simple anterior alignment using aligners or fixed app liances. The teeth are then whitened at or near the end of alignment to impr ove the colour using chairside or take-home tehcniques . The next step is a simple chairside mock-up of the composite edge bonding that could be perform ed to complete treatment. This last stage enables the patient to visualise h ow this will look and to choose how many teeth, if any, they would like edge bonding added to. In some cases, patients prefer to progress to ceramic res torations for their ideal aesthetic outcome.  The digital and 3D printed p reviews involved in the ABB process, and the progressive nature of the treat ment execution, mean that the patient is in complete control of the final r esult. This encourages an exceptional level of patient understanding.  The ABB concept also opens up elective treatment for dentists and patients who are not comfortable with ceramic smile makeovers. It is common for both the cost and the inherent invasiveness of traditional alternative treatment opti ons to prove inhibitory. There are still some challenges to be overcome in this area, especially with regards to anterior alignment. Many GDPs appear t o feel uncomfortable with alignment techniques since so little is taught at undergraduate level. In fact, the majority of new dentists are qualifying af ter only having attended a few hours of orthodontic lectures throughout the whole five-year programme. It is therefore no wonder that some dentists lack the confidence to offer orthodontic treatment to their patients without und ergoing further training.   Many clinicians also lack confidence in using composite effectively, which is often the ideal material to restore the dam age caused by previous tooth wear. Following alignment to improve the occlus ion and address the original cause of wear, composite facilitates the buildi ng up of the natural dentition previously worn in a completely non-invasive way.  The presentation will cover the main points of the progressive smile design and ABB concepts.

    Credits:10.00 Expires:18 October, 2019

  • Progressive Smile Design

    The ABB technique is a step away from traditional smile design protocols whi ch are  based on strict proportions and rules, ABB allows patients to make their own smile as beautiful as possible and makes ceramic makeovers less in vasive if the patient chooses to proceed down that route.  Many of the stu dies that conventional smile design principles were created from actually sh ow a wide variation on what dental professionals and members of the public v iew as aesthetic or unaesthetic. The ABB technique allows the patient to se e how beautiful their own smile could look after treatment, in a manner that is progressive and conservative. This can help to manage their expectations as it can clearly demonstrate any limitations of treatment, and therefore i ncreases the likelihood of patient satisfaction with the outcome. The patien t can also choose their own treatment endpoint, which may be far short of th e textbook ideal but still delivers on what they want to achieve.

    Credits:5.00 Expires:18 October, 2019

  • Knee Dislocation, Patella Fractures 5/8/19

    Knee Dislocation, Patella Fractures 5/8/19

    Credits:3.00 Expires:05 August, 2019

  • X-ray Review 6/8/19

    X-ray Review 6/8/19

    Credits:3.00 Expires:06 August, 2019

  • Rheumatology

    Rheumatology

    Credits:3.00 Expires:26 September, 2019