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Annual Conference 2024

Prosthodontics at the Interface - Art & Science

Dates: Thursday 18th April 2024 to Friday 19th April 2024

Venue: Royal College of Music & Drama, Cardiff

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I am delighted to welcome you all to the 2024 BSSPD conference in Cardiff. We have a wonderful venue lined up at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama right in the heart of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.

Cardiff is a young, vibrant, cosmopolitan hub where the historic castle and museums sit alongside state-of-the-art sport, retail, and hospitality facilities. The main city centre spreads down to the newer Cardiff Bay development, created around the old historic and culturally diverse ‘Tiger Bay’ docks, now a centre of hospitality and recreation. It is also home to the Welsh Parliament (Senedd) and The Wales Millenium Centre.

The conference venue is the newly developed home of the renowned Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama situated next to the castle. The college houses two full size concert theatres that can seat up to 400 and 200 delegates respectively. There are large atria for catering, trade show and prize presentations. There are onsite bar and catering facilities and the building has a large terrace that looks out over the beautiful Bute Park and River Taf.

The theme of the conference is ‘Prosthodontics at the Interface - Art and Science'. We have assembled a fantastic line up of speakers from across the UK and Europe to address the conference theme in both breadth and depth. We will look at the many interfaces of prosthodontic treatment and technologies. On day one after Professor Tim Newton has set the scene looking at how patient psychology often determines outcomes, Dr George Michelinakis gives the first of his two-part presentation on the role of digital technologies in delivering precision prosthodontics. Professor Wendy Turner will give the first of the dental specialties interfaces when she discusses how prosthodontic and periodontal planning go hand in hand. After lunch we look at how prosthodontics interfaces with multidisciplinary teams to facilitate patient rehabilitation. Dr Matthew Thomas assesses options for hypodontia patients, Dr James Darcey will take us through trauma treatment options, while the session ends with Dr Nathalie Vosselman looking at complex surgical oncology oral rehabilitation.

The close of day one will lead straight into the evening social event with an informal food and drinks reception in the conference venue with musical entertainment provided by The Welsh College of Music.

Feel free to mingle with other delegates and the trade show both inside and out onto the terrace (weather permitting!) while enjoying the refreshments and light musical entertainment.  Following this the adventurous may wish to explore the nightlife of Cardiff just a short stroll away in the city centre!  

Day two begins with an in-depth session on the ‘Art and Science’ of removable prosthodontics. Drs Finlay Sutton, Charlotte Stilwell and Michael Gregory will look at how Hygienic Scandinavian design, strategic single implant placement and sound impression technique can all transform removable prosthodontic outcomes. The session will also see the awarding of the Schottlander Research Prize and the presentation of the winning project.

Following lunch on day two, the final session again explores our prosthodontic interfaces. Professor Shakeel Shahdad illustrates how prosthodontic principles drive implant success and Dr Massimo Giovarruscio looks at how loss of vitality, root canal therapy and sustainable restorations are related. Dr Michelinakis will also give the second part of his comprehensive digital prosthodontic perspective.

If that was not enough on day two there will also be a parallel session run by the Institute of Maxillo - Facial Technologists and Dental Technologist Colleagues to give further educational options.
A packed programme both educationally and socially and one not to be missed - please join us in Cardiff next spring!