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Paul V. Abbott, B.D.Sc., M.D.S., FRACDS (Endo)

Biography

Prof. Paul Abbott is the Winthrop Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Western Australia. He is a Endodontist Specialist and works in private practice on a part-time basis. Prior to taking a full-time University position in 2002, he spent 17 years in private specialist practice in Perth and Melbourne. He was Head of the School of Dentistry at The University of Western Australia and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA from 2003-2009. He has lectured extensively in 42 countries, has published 137 articles in refereed journals and 20 textbook chapters. In 2015, he was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Dental Traumatology. He also serves on Editorial Boards and Scientific Review Panels of 16 other international journals. In 2004, he was awarded the University of Western Australia’s Excellence in Teaching Award for Individual Teaching. In 2015, the University awarded him the Excellence in Teaching Award for Postgraduate Coursework Teaching and the UWA Student Guild awarded him their Student’s Choice Award for his teaching. Also in 2015, he received a Commendation for Lifetime Achievement from the The WA Clinical Training Network Team. In June 2015, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to clinical dentistry, teaching, research and professional societies.

Contact information

School of Dentistry
University of Western Australia
17 Monash Ave.
Nedlands, Western Australia, 6009
Phone: 61 893467665
Fax: 61 893467666
Email: pvabbott@bigpond.net.au 

Available Sessions

  • Understanding and Diagnosing Pulp and Periapical Diseases
    Topic: Differential Diagnosis
    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.

  • Simplified and Predictable Endodontics
    Topic: Nonsurgical Endodontic Treatment & Retreatment
    Learning Objectives:

    At conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Apply a new classification to the diagnostic process for teeth with concurrent endodontic and periodontal diseases.
    • Describe simple techniques to the clinical management of teeth with concurrent endodontic and periodontal diseases.
    • Improve the predictability of endodontic treatment outcomes for teeth with concurrent endodontic and periodontal diseases.

    Various classifications have been proposed over the years for concurrent endodontic and periodontal diseases affecting the same tooth. However, none of these have been very clear or easy to use. In this lecture, a new classification will be outlined and then this can be used to determine the ideal management of teeth with both of these diseases. It is imperative that a logical and sequenced approach be taken to improve the predictability of the treatment and to improve the long-term prognosis of the tooth. A thorough understanding of the interactions between the tissues is also important.

  • A New Approach to Managing Concurrent Endodontic and Periodontal Diseases
    Topic: Endodontic & Periodontal Interactions
    Learning Objectives:

    At conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Predictably select appropriate cases for endodontic treatment.
    • Apply simple techniques to their clinical endodontic procedures.
    • Improve the predictability of endodontic treatment outcomes.

    Endodontics is a very predictable specialty, provided sound biological principles are followed. However, many clinicians complicate their endodontic management procedures by trying to use too many gadgets and not always understanding how instruments and materials work. It is also essential to have a thorough understanding of the disease processes involved and what the treatment is aiming to achieve. Case selection is the first and probably most important aspect of all. Once a case is deemed to be suitable, then simple and quick procedures can be employed to improve the predictability of your treatment.

  • Understanding, Diagnoising and Managing Root Resorption
    Topic: Resorption
    Learning Objectives:

    At conclusion, participants should be able to:

    • Describe the disease processes involved in pulp and periapical diseases.
    • Apply meaningful terms to the various pulp and periapical disease states.
    • Avoid the use of “popular” but inappropriate terminology in endodontics.

    There is much confusion amongst clinicians regarding the terminology used to designate the various forms of pulp and periapical diseases. Unfortunately, many of the terms used are misleading and not representative of the diseases or the state of the tissues being diagnosed. This confusion in terminology leads to confusion in diagnosis and treatment; plus it makes communication and teaching difficult. This lecture will explore the various terms and make suggestions for a standardized approach to diagnostic terminology.

Disclosure

Dr. Abbott has no proprietary, financial and/or personal interest pertaining to his presentation to disclose.

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