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Dr Sally Hibbert

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Is It Worth Restoring Primary Teeth?

Saturday, 15 September - 9:50am

Recent years have seen a paradigm shift in caries management, particularly with regard to the primary dentition and the suggestion has even been made that it is not worth restoring the primary dentition at all. Should we, therefore, be rethinking some of our treatment plans and restorative techniques, particularly when the level of cooperation is poor? Evidence suggests that intra-coronal restorative techniques in the primary dentition often fail and there is also a considerable amount of research suggesting that complete caries removal is not necessary. So are there reliable and valid techniques, worthy of teaching, which could help dentists often struggling to manage children, without access to sedation or anaesthesia? This presentation will examine the current evidence regarding restorative techniques for the primary dentition and weigh up the evidence for current restorative techniques and whether primary teeth are indeed worth restoring.

Sally is employed as a Staff Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Westmead Centre for Oral Health. She was born in the UK and completed her BDS at Liverpool in 1986. Having completed her Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, she was employed as a lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Liverpool, a post that she held until moving to Sydney in 2002. Sally has lectured widely on the issues of management of anxiety in children and use of hypnosis, dental trauma, and care of the primary dentition. Current research interests include the dental management of children with complex medical co-morbidities and craniofacial deformities.

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