IDA Annual Conference

This year the IDA Annual Conference is at the Radisson Hotel in Galway. The theme is ‘Dentistry into the Future’ and IDA President Elect Dr PJ Byrne is delighted to be welcoming delegates to an exciting event. 

The conference takes place from April 21-23 and will feature a range of talks on new dentistry procedures such as future trends in restorative dentistry and 3D imaging in orthodontics. Along with the lectures and workshops, there will of course be a big social programme, including the golf competition, annual dinner and trade show opening party.
As always, there will be an array of topics covered by many speakers in different workshops and lectures across the three days. The AGM of the IDA and IDU will take place on Thursday, April 21 at 6.00pm in the Inis Mór Suite.
Sessions have been approved for CPD points. Instead of holding separate sessions for nurses and hygienists, dental team members are welcome to attend all sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Exhibitors and Organisers

Pre-conference programme
The pre-conference programme on Thursday will feature lectures and courses on topics such as anterior composites and endodontic canal preparation. Dr Charles Goodacre will discuss in a full-day lecture whether a tooth should be saved through root canal treatment or extracted and replaced with a dental implant or denture.
Delegates can attend a compliance workshop in infection prevention and control on either the morning or the afternoon hosted by Dr Nick Armstrong, Dr Jane Renehan and Ms Siobhan Carrigan.
A second workshop will focus on medical emergencies and is also available in either the morning or afternoon. This workshop will show dental professionals how to manage patients suffering from a medical/cardiac emergency while awaiting paramedics.

Mary Aiken

Lecture programme
The conference will have two halls with lectures running from morning to evening in both. On Friday in Hall 1, Dr Patrick Palacci will give his insights into precision in implant placement. Professor Tara Renton will look at third molar surgery in practice and Dr Pat Cleary will give his five keys to clinical success. Professor Brian O’Connell will look at some ground-breaking techniques in restorative dentistry.
In Hall 2, Dr Marielle Blake will kick off Friday’s proceedings with a look at interceptive orthodontics. Later on, Dr James Mah gives us an overview of 3D imaging in orthodontics, and the Journal of the Irish Dental Association lecture, on the psychology of cyberspace, will be given by Mary Aiken.
The events continue on Saturday in both halls. Dr Michael O’Sullivan explains how to manage a hypodontia patient for optimum results. Composites: how do we get the best results in practice? This is the question Dr Paddy Crotty will answer in his lecture. Dr Conor Barry closes the day’s proceedings in Hall 1 with a look at oral cancer diagnosis and treatment. In Hall 2, emerging issues in local anaesthesia and pain control in dentistry will be explored by Dr Dermot Canavan. Drs James Mah and Bob Genco deliver lectures in new concepts in the management of bruxism and the periodical systemic link, respectively. Dr Garry Fleming will advise delegates on dental materials for the present and future.


Clinical workshop
As always, delegates can attend sessions for continuing professional development (CPD) points. Forms will be available for the morning or afternoon sessions at the accreditation desk in the conference registration area. For each session you attend, a separate form must be signed and your accreditation number included.

Social programme
The conference offers the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge, but also to relax.
Our social events kick off on Thursday with the President’s golf competition at Galway Bay Golf Club. Tee time will be at 2.30pm and green fees cost €35. Anyone busy with pre-conference events on Thursday has the option to play on the Wednesday instead. Accompanying persons and trade delegates are also welcome to play but only registered delegates are eligible for the President’s Prize.
On Thursday night the trade show opening party will take place directly after the AGM in the trade show area. Association President Dr PJ Byrne will be on hand to open the Dentistry into the Future trade show at around 8.00pm. All delegates and trade show sponsors are welcome to attend and enjoy the music and drinks provided.
The black tie annual dinner takes place on Friday evening. The evening will begin with a drinks reception at 7.30pm with dinner and dancing afterwards. Tickets cost €85 and are available from IDA House. The music will be provided by Brass and Co. and all delegates, trade members and friends are welcome.
On Saturday morning the 5k dental team fun run will take place around the historic streets of Galway. Entire dental teams are encouraged to get involved with prizes for the best team. All proceeds go to St Vincent de Paul.
Finally, the Annual Past Presidents’ Lunch will be held in Raw at 1.00pm.


Dr Joe Moloney Award
The Dr Joe Moloney Award is given to an outstanding Irish presenter/lecturer at the Conference and is chosen by the delegates. Sponsored by the Dental Health Foundation, the award will be given on the final day of the Conference when all delegates will have the chance to nominate their favourite lecturer of the Conference for the award.

Dr Tony Costello Memorial Medal
Dental students from across the country get the chance to show what they have to offer general dental practice. Each of our three dental schools can enter a team of two people to give a table demonstration or poster presentation.

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