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Paul V. Abbott, B.D.Sc., M.D.S.


Paul Abbott is an Emeritus Professor of Dentistry at The University of Western Australia. He is a Specialist Endodontist. Prior to taking a full-time University position in 2002, he spent 17 years in private specialist endodontic practice and he also held part-time academic positions at The University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne. He was Dean and Head of the School of Dentistry at The University of Western Australia and Director of the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia from 2003-2009. He has presented over 1000 lectures and courses in 50 countries. He has published over 232 articles in refereed journals, 25 textbook chapters and 47 Newsletter articles. From 2015-2022, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Dental Traumatology. Prof. Abbott’s main research and clinical interests revolve around dental traumatology, tooth resorption, the diagnosis and management of pulp, root canal and peri-radicular conditions, with particular emphasis on pain control and disinfection of the root canal system. Prof. Abbott has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and service to the dental profession, particularly in education and research. In 2015, the Governor-General of Australia appointed Prof. Abbott as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) – one of the highest honours in Australia – “For distinguished service to clinical dentistry, and to higher education, as an academic, researcher and author, to endodontics as a practitioner, and to professional organisations.”

Contact information

UWA Dental School
The University of Western Australia
17 Monash Ave.
Nedlands WA 6009 Australia
Phone: : +61 8 6457 7665 or +61 8 9321 0307
Fax: +61 8 6457 7666 or +61 8 9321 0307
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Available Sessions

  • Understanding, Diagnosing and Managing Root Resorption
    Learning Objectives:

    At conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Describe the types of resorption.
    • Differentially diagnose the different types of resorption.
    • Effectively manage tooth resorption.

    There are 11 types of tooth resorption and they can be avoidable, unavoidable, undetectable, pathological or physiological. Some can be treated, some cannot be treated and some do not need treatment. Effective management relies on understanding the processes and distinguishing between the types of resorption.

    One half to full-day lecture.

  • Outcomes, Prognosis and Longevity of Endodontically-Treated Teeth
    Learning Objectives:
    • Describe the factors that affect treatment outcome and the longevity of the tooth following treatment.
    • Describe how to assess teeth for further restoration following endodontic treatment.
    • Select appropriate cases for endodontic treatment.

    There are many factors that affect the outcome of Endodontic treatment and the longevity of the tooth following treatment. Most Endodontists, dentists and research studies have focused on technical aspects of treatment or the presence of periapical radiolucencies and their effects on treatment outcome. Little attention has been paid to case selection. This presentation will explore this issue and will provide guidelines on how to assess and select teeth with a good prognosis and what criteria to use to reject teeth with a poor prognosis. Whilst case selection affects treatment outcome to some extent, it has a much greater effect on the longevity of the tooth following treatment with the most important factor of all being whether the tooth is suitable for further restoration. This issue has not been adequately addressed in the literature yet it is very important and will be explored in detail in this presentation.

    Half day or full day lecture. Can be modified to suit the requirements.

  • A Simplified Approach to Managing Concurrent Endodontic and Periodontal Diseases
    Learning Objectives:
    • Describe the inter-relationships between the pulp and periodontal tissues.
    • Describe the simplified classification for concurrent endodontic and periodontal diseases.
    • Describe the management strategies for teeth with concurrent endodontic and periodontal diseases.

    Teeth with both endodontic and periodontal diseases have often been considered to have a very poor prognosis. However, this is largely due to a poor understanding of the disease processes which in turn is a result of confusing classifications of these diseases. A new classification will be presented – this classification is based on the individual diseases present, rather than attempting to combine them, with the concept that there are two separate diseases occurring on the same tooth. This classification can then be used to determine the best way to manage the tooth. A particular sequence and approach to treatment will be outlined to help improve the prognosis of teeth with concurrent endodontic and periodontal diseases.

    Half day lecture. Can be modified to suit the requirements.

  • Strategies to Minimize the Consequences of Dental Trauma
    Learning Objectives:
    • Describe the common responses of the pulp, peri-radicular and gingival tissues to injury.
    • Describe the injuries that place the tooth “at risk” of developing external inflammatory resorption.
    • Describe the preventive management strategies to reduce the potential for external inflammatory resorption.

    Trauma can have serious consequences on the prognosis of teeth. The pulp and peri-radicular tissues can respond in various favorable and unfavorable ways. The unfavorable responses are dependent on the stage of root development, concurrent injuries to the same tooth, the degree of displacement of the tooth and the immediate management of the injury. The most serious consequences are external replacement and inflammatory resorption. Understanding the tissue responses and the factors affecting them is essential for appropriate management. A thorough history and examination will reveal the relevant factors for each case and will allow dentists to make informed decisions about the emergency management required to reduce the consequences of the injury. Some injuries require immediate and comprehensive treatment whilst others require simpler management and observation of healing. This lecture will outline the immediate management of dental injuries to reduce the long-term consequences of the trauma with a particular emphasis on prevention of external inflammatory resorption.

    Half day or full day lecture. Can be modified to suit the requirements.

  • Understanding and Diagnosing Pulp, Root Canal and Peri-Radicular Conditions
    Learning Objectives:
    • Describe the various pulp, root canal and peri-radicular conditions using simplified and meaningful terminology.
    • Describe the diagnostic process and how each test helps lead to the diagnosis.
    • Describe which diagnostic tests are the most appropriate for each pulp, root canal and peri-radicular condition.

    There is no doubt that a thorough understanding of the disease processes is essential for all health care providers if they are to effectively manage patients’ problems. Unfortunately, pulp, root canal and peri-radicular conditions are not well understood. This is largely due to poor, inconsistent terminology which in itself demonstrates the lack of understanding of the conditions. Once the diseases are understood, the diagnostic process becomes more meaningful and easier. The diagnosis still requires a thorough examination with the application of all relevant diagnostic tests, plus an understanding of what the tests are telling us. In particular, pulp sensibility tests are often not adequately utilized and so important information may not be available to establish the diagnosis. This presentation will provide a simple overview of the disease processes with emphasis on the symptoms and clinical signs that lead to the correct and meaningful diagnosis. Guidelines for effective and reliable diagnostic testing under different circumstances will also be outlined since the best test depends on what you are trying to diagnose.

    Half day or full day lecture. Can be modified to suit the requirements.


Dr. Abbott has proprietary, financial and/or personal interest pertaining to his presentation to disclose.

  • Honorarium: OzDent Pty Ltd

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