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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin June 2011
16 JUNE 20 11 only for our use of dental amalgam, but also for dental practice. The session provided general practitioners with an overview of the treaty negotiations and its potential implications for general practitioners, the current science of restorative materials and how dentists are demonstrating leadership in environmental responsibility. The aim of the session is to enable practitioners to adopt 'best practices' and communicate with their patients on this issue with confidence. Professor Gottfried Schmalz§ spoke on the clinical requirements and performance of amalgam alternatives. For direct posterior restorations amalgam is the gold standard and resin composites are the direct competitors, their main advantage being that they are tooth coloured. Literature reviews show a tendency of better longevity for amalgam than for composites, especially in children. However, a recent study reported better results for composites. Handling properties and costs are considered to be advantageous for amalgam. Toxicity data are inconsistent, and no ranking between amalgam and composites is possible. Allergic reactions seem to occur more often after contact with composites and adhesives than with amalgam, although data are sparse. Both, amalgam and its alternatives should be available for our patients. Mr Garry Pearson** spoke on 'Amalgam waste management: a case study in community leadership: 'Dentists for Cleaner Water'. Mr Pearson, in his capacity as Project Director, detailed the key factors which had contributed to the outstanding success of this project as a professionally led sustainability initiative. The structure and administration of the scheme, in partnership with the funding agencies, and the promotion of the installation of ISO 11143 compliant separation devices was described. The message for those who place, polish and remove amalgam, but have not yet installed separation devices, is to consider this a foundational component of a required move to sustainable dentistry. This case study illustrates how the profession can respond positively to the UN Environmental Program Global Mercury Partnership. The scheme is scheduled to finish at the end of June 2011. Martin Tyas * Professor of Dental Science, Head of the Melbourne Dental School, and Chief Executive Officer of the Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne Dental School. † Professor of General Dental Practice and Director, Continuing Professional Development, School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland. ‡ Private practitioner, Perth, Western Australia. ¶ Associate Director, Education, Scientific and Practice Affairs. § Professor and Chairman, Department of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology and Dean of the Dental School, University of Regensburg, Germany. ** Chief Executive Officer, Australian Dental Association, Victorian Branch. FOR LEASE SUPERB MEDICAL SUITE IN PRIME HEALTH PRECINCT 36 WELLINGTON ROAD, BOX HILL, VIC Tim Atkin 0488 559 225 Phillip Apelbaum 0419 559 555 AP076 • 4 Consulting rooms • Large reception and waiting area • File storage and staff room • Area150 sqm approx • On site parking • Adjacent Epworth Eastern and Box Hill Hospital Easily converted to Dental Rooms NOW AND TOMORROW BACK TO THE FUTURE: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australia Wednesday 30th March to Sunday 3rd April 2011
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