SA - Full Day at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Join DHAA at the Entertainment Centre in SA for a full day event with a range of topics.

It is important as health professionals to keep updated with general, advance clinical and legal requirements. Our list of great presenters will dive into numerous exciting topics including Periodontics, Endodontics and Peri-Implantitis. 

Featuring speakers:

  • Dr Andre Bendyk (Periodontist)
    • Focus on periodontics
  • Dr Barb Plutzer (Endodontist) & Dr Andre Bendyk (Periodontist)
    • Should We Save This Tooth? An Endodontic and Periodontic Perspective

  • Dr Vaibhav Garg (Dentist)
    • Supporting Remote Australians

  • Dr Trudy Lin
    • Exploring the 'special' in Special Needs Dentistry

  • Professor Craig Dreyer
    • Cleft Lip and Palate: Incidence, Aetiology and History


CPD Hours: 6hrs

Our Event Sponsors:


      Our event hand hygiene products and masks are kindly sponsored by Erskine Oral Care.



Should We Try To Save The Tooth? An Endodontic and Periodontic Perspective - Dr Barbara Plutzer & Dr Andre Bendyk

Daily patients seek our expertise as to whether we treat and maintain periodontally, endodontically or restoratively compromised teeth - or make the call to extract and potentially replace. In this presentation we aim to examine factors influencing this decision making process; including patient related factors such as age, health and cost of treatment, through to tooth-specific factors including periodontal status, endodontic disease, structural integrity and restorability. The overall aim is to identify the teeth that through high quality dental intervention can be predictably maintained for reasonable time frames.

Peri-Implantitis - Causation, Prevention and Treatment - Dr Andre Bendyk

With more implants being placed than ever before and time in situ for many implants extending well beyond 10 years the management of peri-implantitis is a rapidly growing and challenging part of dental practice. The anatomy of the threaded, roughened implant surface inherently makes treatment difficult. This presentation will look at the pathogenesis of periodontitis, treatment options and why preventing the disease process from commencing is so critical.

Supporting Remote Australians - Dr Vaibhav Garg

Patients in remote Australia suffer a disproportionate burden of chronic disease including oral disease, have poorer access to health care and many other disadvantages. An Integrated Primary Health approach which includes Oral health in a meaningful way allows us to support patients in these locations to not only improve their Oral health but also General health. The RFDS is aiming to pioneer this approach through their prevention program utilising Hygienists as a key drivers of change.

Exploring the "special" in Special Needs Dentistry - Dr Trudy Lin

  • Journey from undergraduate to Special needs dentistry specialist
  • SND philosophy and treatment principles
  • Research thesis on use of a case mix tool to increase access to care for people with disability. Outline of current eligibility and referral pathways for SND
  • Supported Independent Living Facility project

Cleft Lip and Palate: Incidence, Aetiology and History - Professor Craig Dreyer

The presentation will examine the way cleft lip and palate has been managed throughout the centuries. It will touch on the myths and legends associated with the condition and look at the history leading to modern treatment.

Speaker Biographies:

Dr Andre Bendyk

Andre completed his specialist training in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at the University of Adelaide in 2007. He is a Past President of the Australian Society of Periodontology, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the International College of Dentists. He is frequently invited to give lectures and training courses to dentists and study groups around Australia. He has been a Senior Lecturer and Examiner at the University of Adelaide. His clinical and scientific interests are in the areas of dental implantology, hard and soft tissue grafting and advanced periodontitis. Andre has been a Partner at Adelaide Periodontal and Implant Professionals since 2011. Outside of the practice he enjoys tennis, surfing and spending time with his young family.

Dr Barbara Plutzer 

Barbara completed her Undergraduate Dentistry Degree and Postgraduate Doctorate in Endodontics at the University of Adelaide. She is a Partner at North Terrace Endodontics, where she has maintained a full time specialist practice since 2010. Barbara is a Past President of the Australian Society of Endodontology (SA Branch), Senior Lecturer in Endodontics at the University of Adelaide and is a Fellow of the RACDS and Pierre Fauchard Academy.  Outside of her professional commitments, Barbara enjoys art, bad TV and spending family time with her husband and young kids.

Dr Vaibhav Garg

Vaibhav graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2012. He then completed a Graduate Certificate in International Health. He has a passion for delivering Oral Health care in low resource settings. In 2018 Vaibhav began working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service
Central Operations (RFDS) in delivering an Integrated Oral Health Program to remote communities in South Australia and Northern Territory. Currently, Vaibhav is the Senior Dentist and Manager Oral Health Program and Vice President of the Australian Dental Association, South Australia Branch. Outside of Dentistry he is in final year of a law degree and enjoys spoiling his puppy.

Dr Trudy Lin

Dr Trudy Lin is one of five registered specialists in Special Needs Dentistry in South Australia. She is a full-time consultant at the Special needs unit of the Adelaide Dental Hospital and holds an honorary title as senior clinical lecturer at the University of Adelaide. During her specialist training she completed a thesis which investigates the use of a case mix tool to increase access to care for people with disability in the community. In May 2021, she was awarded Award Australia's Career Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to Special Needs Dentistry, and was also named 2021 South Australian Young Achiever of the Year for her contributions to the community outside her profession. During COVID-19, Trudy self-funded and established a Supported Independent Living Facility which provides specialised accommodation for people with disability to live independently in the community.

Professor Craig Dreyer
Professor Craig Dreyer PhD, MDS, BDS, GCert Ed (HE), FRACDS, MRACDS(ORTH), FICD, FPFA

Formerly PR Begg Chair, Head of Orthodontics, at the University of Adelaide
37 years of teaching and research at the UofA
Principal or co-supervisor for 54 Honours, Masters but mainly Doctoral postgraduate students
Currently Honorary Clinical Professor at the UofA
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
Fellow of the International College of Dentists
Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in Orthodontics
Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
Senior Visiting Dental Specialist - Adelaide Dental Hospital
Formerly Assistant Dean School of Dentistry, The University of Adelaide
170 publications and/or conference presentations

Honorary Life Member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists Inc. (Federal and S.A. Branch)
Honorary Life Member of the Australian Begg Society of Orthodontists
International Member of the European Orthodontic Society
Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists
International Member American Association of Orthodontists
Reviewer for many scientific journals
Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Orthodontic Journal

Registration Prices

DHAA members: Early Bird (until the 8th August) - $200
DHAA members - $245
DHAA Student members - $80
Non members - $490
ADOHTA members - $306.25


9/17/2021 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cen. Australia Standard Time
Entertainment Centre 98 Port Road Hindmarsh, SA 5007 AUSTRALIA

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