HANDS-ON TRAIN­ING FOR 30 LO­CAL DEN­TISTS

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Thirty lo­cal den­tists re­ceived hands-on-train­ing on bone preser­va­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion yes­ter­day from den­tal ex­pert Dr John Gi­b­lin.

The pro­ce­dures taught will en­able lo­cal den­tists to have more op­tions af­ter a patient’s tooth is ex­tracted, such as a bridge, a den­ture or im­plant.

The train­ing, the first of its kind in Fiji, was part of the Fiji Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion’s 47th Annual Con­fer­ence.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Dr Vikash Singh said pa­tients who were not can­di­dates for den­tal im­plants pre­vi­ously be­cause there was in­ad­e­quate bone would now be able to have those pro­ce­dures.

“It’s a socket pre­serv­ing pro­ce­dure and it also deals with de­fects that would have pre­vented any such im­plants from be­ing placed where a tooth had been ex­tracted.” Dr Gi­b­lin, who con­ducted the train­ing, has spent 44 years in den­tistry and he in­vented the tech­nique of ex­trac­tion and bone re­gen­er­a­tion

back in 1999.

Dr Gi­b­lin said the par­tic­u­lar pro­ce­dure was not yet taught in den­tal schools any­where in the world so it was a very good learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for the den­tists par­tic­i­pat­ing.

“It is a bone preser­va­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion work­shop for clinical sit­u­a­tions where you do not have enough bone to place den­tal im­plants,” he said.

“The par­tic­i­pants had mod­els to work on and ex­per­i­ment so they should be able to con­duct the pro­ce­dure on their own and of­fer more op­tions to pa­tients in terms of re­gen­er­a­tion.”

Photo: Simione Har­a­vanua

Den­tal ex­pert Dr John Gi­b­lin (sit­ting third from left) and den­tists dur­ing the Fiji Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion Annual Con­fer­ence at the Hol­i­day Inn, Suva, on Au­gust 4, 2019.

Photo: Simione Har­a­vanua

Den­tists un­dergo hands-on-train­ing on bone preser­va­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion dur­ing the Fiji Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion Annual Con­fer­ence at the Hol­i­day Inn, Suva, on Au­gust 4, 2019.

Photo: Simione Har­a­vanua

Den­tists un­dergo hands-on-train­ing on bone preser­va­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion dur­ing the Fiji Den­tal As­so­ci­a­tion Annual Con­fer­ence at the Hol­i­day Inn, Suva, on Au­gust 4, 2019.

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