2014 Periodontics Courses

Advanced Periodontal Instrumentation Friday 28 & Saturday 29 November 2014

This new 2 day course is designed to enhance the participant’s ability to provide optimal treatment for periodontal patients. The course is intended for Dentists, Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists.

The workshop will incorporate the advanced use of all gracey curettes in furcation areas, and enhance knowledge of advanced periodontal instruments such as langers, micro-minis, diamond files and periodontal files. Debridement curettes and implant maintenance will also be taught over the course of the 2 days.

The course shall also consider Ultrasonics for subgingival debridement, with participants being guided through selection and use of the most appropriate magnetostrictive ultrasonic inserts and piezoelectric tips for maximum effectiveness and ease in debriding.

The course will also introduce participants to I-TOP (Individually Taught Oral Prophylaxis) and chemical plaque control and will review the use of local anaesthetics as well as sharpening technics for periodontal instrumentation.

Pre-requisite: This course is open specifically to participants who have previously attended the Periodontal Instrumentation Course offered by the Continuing Education in Dentistry. Previous periodontal instrumentation courses from other providers will be considered upon application.

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Two Day - Advanced Periodontal Instrumentation Workshop

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Lectures and clinical simulation


Friday 28 - Saturday 29 November 2014


  • Advanced use of gracey curettes in furcation areas
  • Review of advanced periodontal instruments
  • Debridement curettes
  • Implant maintenance
  • Selection and use of magnetostrictive ultrasonic inserts and piezoelectric tips
  • I-TOP (Individually Taught Oral Prophylaxis
  • Chemical plaque control
  • Local Anaesthesia
  • Sharpening techniques

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to manage the Initial Phase Therapy of a periodontal patient. This will include:

  • Instrumentation using advanced techniques for furcations
  • Varying root morphology and implants using hand and ultrasonic instrumentation
  • Pain management
  • Individualised oral hygiene using mechanical and chemical plaque control techniques
  • Sharpening and maintenance of instruments


  • Robyn  Watson RDH, BSc, MPA
  • Tihana Divnic-Resnik DDS MSc PhD


8:30am - 4:30pm (Registration from 8:00am each day) - includes full day's catering each day


Sydney Dental Hospital, 2 Chalmers Street, SURRY HILLS NSW 2010


  • $1080 for dentists
  • $890 for hygienists and therapists
  • $960 for NSW Health Employees & University of Sydney staff

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Robyn Watson received her Dental Hygiene education at the University of Pennsylvania, her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Auxiliary Education at the University of North Carolina and her Master’s in Public Administration in Health Services Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

After practising and teaching in the US for many years, she returned to her home country of New Zealand in 1994 to participate in the introduction of the first school of Dental Hygiene in New Zealand. Since that time, Robyn has been on the Faculty of the Otago School of Dentistry, the Otago Polytechnic and helped with the development of the BSC in Oral Health at the Auckland University of Technology. She was also a Senior lecturer, and NZDHA representative to the Oral Health Advisory Board for the university. Since 2010, Robyn has been a Lecturer in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Sydney.

She has served as President and Vice-President of the NZDHA and sat on the New Zealand Dental Council for 6 years. She served on the Oral Health Advisory Group to the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Dental Health Foundation for four years.

In March 2013, Robyn was invited to attend the Senior Dental Leaders seminar at Harvard University in Boston and is the President-Elect of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists, where she also chairs the Education and Research Committee.

Is a clinical lecturer in the Discipline of Periodontics at the University of Sydney. Previously, she was a lecturer in Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Belgrade (Serbia) for 10 years, where she also practised as a specialist of Periodontology and Oral Medicine.

Dr Tihana Divnic-Resnik was involved in several research projects in Europe. She gained her Master degree by doing research on periodontal regeneration with synthetic bone graft (calcium sulphate) and PhD degree by researching the use of bone morphogenetic proteins BMP-2 in alveolar socket preservation. She has published her work in several international journals and presented it at numerous professional conferences. Her research interests lie mainly in the areas of periodontal therapy, bone regeneration and tissue management.

Tihana is a member of European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and a certified instructor for iTOP oral prophylaxis program. As an educator she was involved in continued professional education for dentists and dental hygienists in Europe. As the team leader, she worked on promotion of oral hygiene programs in disadvantaged regions of Eastern Europe on a voluntary basis.