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Dates of next POISE course

April 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The next POISE course is on Friday and Saturday 3rd and 4th June 2011, not the Saturday/Sunday as announced recently.

Apologies for any confusion and many thanks to those that pointed out the error.

We still have a few places left and this will be the last time this 2-day laboratory based practical course runs for some time due to the speakers’ other commitments.

SDS Welcomes Konstantin Varga DMD to the team

October 7, 2010 Leave a comment

We are thrilled to be able to welcome Hungarian dentist, Dr Konstantin Varga, to the SDS Occlusion teaching team this weekend on the Advanced Restorative Seminars (ARS) course at Graham Browning’s Merley practice.


Dr Konstantin Varga DMD

Dr Konstantin Varga DMD


Dr Varga has a Master of Medicine (Implantology) qualification from the International Medical College Westfälischen, Wilhelm-Universität Münster Germany and is ‘Academic Expert of Functions and Dysfunctions of the Masticatory Organ’ as well as ‘Academic Expert of Therapies for the Functionally Disturbed Craniofacial and Masticatory Systems’. Dr Varga studied at the Interdisciplinary Dentistry Department of Danube University in Krems, Austria.

Dr Varga’s lecture, entitled “Functional Diagnosis” will concentrate on the importance of proper diagnosis before embarking upon complex treatment. These concepts follow the Sequential Occlusal Concept developed by Prof. Rulolf Slavicek and will be illustrated by three widely differing cases; one with no parafunction, one with parafunction caused by the alignment of the teeth that can be eliminated by correcting these problems and one with inherent parafunctional bruxism habit that dentistry alone cannot control. Clearly, having an understanding of which type of patient we are dealing with will have a major impact on the treatment plan, so this fits in very well with what we teach on SDS Occlusion courses where we emphasis the importance of proper diagnosis and appropriate irreversible treatment to confirm our initial before proceeding to irreversible procedures.

You can find out a lot more about Dr Varga at his web site:

Dr Varga will be appearing, along with other SDS instructors, around the UK in the coming months in a series of 1-day lectures on recent advances in occlusal diagnostic procedures and how these can become part of your everyday dentistry.

Congratulations to Six Great Dentists

July 4, 2010 1 comment

I was privileged to spend time on Tuesday and Wednesday last week with the six brilliant dentists who produced some beautiful dentistry on their lucky patients over the 8 days of the 2010 IRS (Intermediate Restorative Course), plus our two great instructors, Graham and Richie. This is what makes it all worthwhile for me – all those light bulbs switching on as they finally begin to “get it”!

IRS Poole 2010

Graham Browning (Lead Instructor), Nirav Thakker, Alejandra Loureiro, Rob Masters, Doug Rider, Mark Worthing, Sunil Mangla and Richie Morgan (Back-up Instructor)

The course took place over 4 2-day sessions in Poole, Dorset, at Richie Morgan’s Dentistry @ 68 Wimborne Road Practice, expertly lead by Graham Browning (of South Coast Dental Specialists, Wimborne) with wonderful technical support from John Wibberley and his team at Water’s Edge Ceramics, Saddleworth.

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New POS Course dates – and a New Venue too, Newbury

June 28, 2010 Leave a comment
Dates for the Principles of Occlusion Seminars course that starts on 11th September 2010 and runs through to 5th February 2011 have now been announced.

The venue is new to SDS too; The Briars Dental Centre in Newbury.

the briars newbury
The Briars Dental Centre, a new venue for POS

The move was forced upon us when our regular venue in the South-East, the Maurice Wohl Centre at King’s Dental Institute, became unavailable, but every cloud has a silver lining and we think we have found the ideal replacement.

Newbury, in the Thames Valley, was chosen for its excellent transport links via the M4 and A34 (links M3 and M40) and the practice itself is only minutes’ walk from the main Newbury rail station.

We are very grateful to Vicki Holden and all the other great dentists at The Briars Dental Centre, namely Nigel Foot, Nick French, Craig Harper, Ross MacFarlane, Phil Ower and Alfie Chan, for allowing us to take over their practice for 8 days.
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International Bruxism Congress 2010 1-2 October – Copenhagen

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

This is a great opportunity to listen to some of world authorities in the subject of bruxism, but with a uniquely European perspective.

The 2nd International Bruxism Congress 2010 takes place on Friday and Saturday, 1st/2nd October, in the lovely city of Copenhagen. The list of speakers looks very interesting, drawn such diverse cities as Naples, Tel Aviv, New Jersey, Bristol and Amsterdam. The cost (570 Euros before 30th July) looks good value for a great chance to get completely up to date on this essential subject for all dentists.

The invitation and booking form can be downloaded as a pdf file here: Bruxism Congress 2010

It would be great to get a decent turnout from the UK, and it looks like Matt Everatt from S4S would like to bring the 3rd Congress to our shores the following year. Do let us know (comment here if possible) if you’re going to be attending. Maybe we could arrange transport, hotels, etc. as a group if there’s enough of us?

American Equilibration Society Meeting 2011 Programme Announced

June 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Always a “must do” for anyone involved in our field, the AES Meeting is about the only thing that would get most people to Chicago in chilly February.

Scheduled to coincide with the 2 days immediately before the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Conference and Exhibition, the AES Meeting will be on the 23rd and 24th of February, 2011.

The full programme looks impressive, but I think the standout item for us this year will be the session on how various schools (Kois, Dawson, LVI and T-Scan) teach OCCLUSAL EQUILIBRATION to their postgraduate students. The first session on the morning of the 2nd day is as follows:

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GSK Talking Points 2010 – Higgy, Mike and John hit the road!

May 6, 2010 5 comments

GSK Talking Points 2010

It might be election night, but the GSK Talking Points in Dentistry 2010 series is now well under way and visits Watford tonight, following Southampton and London earlier in the week.

Roy Higson, Mike Wanless and John Tiernan then move on to Falkirk, Newcastle, Leeds, Bolton and Solihul before finally finishing in Bristol on the 20th May, just in time for the big BSOS meeting of the year at Stratford-upon-Avon with Okeson and Tanaka.

If you don’t have tickets, it’s too late, they sold out weeks ago. Anyone going to Leeds will have to suffer sharing the place with 10 of our practice staff – do come over and say “hello”!

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New Dates for Intro Part 2 Hands-on Course

April 20, 2010 Leave a comment

We have now added some new dates for the hands-on course in Scotland and London.

Scotland will 16th/17th October, venue TBC

London will be the following weekend, 23rd/24th October at the new LonDEC centre, close to Waterloo Station in the heart of London.

Principal speakers for all venues will be Dr Roy Higson and Dr Andrew Lane, with hands-on support from a selection of former SDS delegates.

The new booking form can be downloaded here: SDS Introduction to Occlusion Flyer (Apr 10)

ARS – Treatment Planning Day – July 31st 2010

April 1, 2010 Leave a comment

This year’s Advanced Restorative Seminars (ARS) course begins with the Treatment Planning Day on Saturday 31st July 2010.

Patients are not needed for this session, but delegates must bring full mouth radiographs, mounted study casts, completed TMD Questionnaire and Occlusal Screening Questionnaire, full periodontal charting and medical history. Technicians from Waters Edge Ceramics will also be present as they will need to plan the laboratory elements at each stage well in advance.

It is expected that the clinical sessions will commence in September 2010, but these will be finalised following consultation with the delegates, their patients, the laboratory and Graham Browning’s practice!

Only 3 places remain, so if you’re interested the time to act is NOW!

June Intro 2 Course Fully Subscribed

April 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The last remaining place in the Introduction to Occlusion Part 2 course planned for June 5th/6th at Wakefield has just been taken, so we will be operating a reserve list and planning the next dates and venues for the course.

Dr Roy Higson teaching at the Academy of Clinical ExcellenceWe will be continuing the policy of offering Part 1 (the distance learning modules) free for anyone booking Part 2 beyond the previous April 15th cut-off for those reserving places for the next course.

The fairest way to achieve this is for delegates to sign up and pay for for Part 1 and allow the full cost of Part 1 as a discount against Part 2 booked at any time in the future. As soon as we have the new dates and venues in the diary I will produce a revised booking form.