VIC - Brunch Event - A morning with Dr Derek Mahony

We welcome you to the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club for a morning with Dr Derek Mahony!


The DHAA Victorian Branch would like to invite you to

'A Morning with Dr Derek Mahony'

at the South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club

Norman Brookes Room



Periodontal considerations with orthodontic treatment in adults

Until recently, the primary treatment method for receding gums was gum grafting, also known as soft tissue grafting. This generally involves removing soft tissue from the palate or cheek, or from a donor source, and stitching it in place over the exposed tooth root.

The VISTA Surgical Technique is an exciting new procedure, providing a minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting. This new treatment can be used to restore gums to their natural position. The result is a healthier and more beautiful smile.

Advantages over traditional gum grafting include:·         

  • Immediately visible results
  • Minimal patient discomfort
  • Short treatment time
  • Rapid recovery time
  • Lower risk of infection following treatment

Canine disimpaction is always a challenging orthodontic treatment overall, even when the impacted permanent canine is in a high position, especially when in tight relation with the upper incisors’ roots. Conventional treatment methods usually result in a poor final appearance of the periodontal support of the disimpacted canine. Among the different approaches, the vertical incision subperiosteal tunnel access (VISTA) technique shows good performance with regard to the direction of the forces and the canine’s periodontal conditions when erupted; it is usually realized through an elastic chain connected to a temporary anchorage device (TAD) in the posterior area.


Early interceptive orthodontics treatment in the mixed dentition

The upper airway is a collapsible tube, and its collapsibility increases during sleep. Extrinsic factors such as atypical craniofacial features may increase the risk of airway collapse, eg high arched palate and mandibular retrognathia. Dr Mahony will review early development of oral-facial structures and the anatomical variants that may impact nasal breathing. After birth, there is a continuous interaction between orofacial functions and growth of anatomic features. Dr Mahony will present a treatment protocol for children with sleep disordered breathing problems. These include ENT evaluation, maxillary arch development, mandibular advancement and oral myology. Early recognition of risk factors, and the development of treatments to eliminate early problems, or at least decrease their impact, may help these children to avoid progression to full blown OSA.

It is imperative that a Dental practitioner be able to identify a child with possible airway issues. Mouth-breathing and snoring can start at birth and is a sign of a child in need of help. This can lead to neurological changes as early as the first year of life. Treatment requires a TEAM approach, and the Airway-centric Dentist is a critical member of this team!

Early treatment can change the path of a child's quality of life and health. In this presentation Dr Mahony will discuss…….·  

  • The behavioural aspects of poor sleep in a child 
  • How to screen paediatric patients appropriately 
  • The clinical orofacial abnormalities putting a child at risk for a compromised airway
  • Different breathing postures and orofacial muscle functions putting a child at risk for a compromised airway
  • The Dental professional has a role in screening and referring, but can also be a crucial member of the team in the treatment of a compromised airway in a child


Total 2 Scientific CPD hours


Dr Derek Mahony

Derek Mahony is a world renowned Specialist Orthodontist who has spoken to thousands of practitioners about the benefits of interceptive orthodontic treatment. Early in his career Dr Mahony learned from leading clinicians the dramatic effect functional appliance therapy can afford patients in orthodontic treatment. He has been combining the fixed and functional appliance approach ever since. His lectures are based on the positive impact such a combined treatment approach has had on his orthodontic results and the benefits this philosophy provides from a practice management viewpoint.

After completing his Dental Degree at the University of Sydney Dr Mahony proceeded to the United Kingdom where he completed his Masters Degree in Orthodontics at the Eastman Dental Hospital, Institute of Dental Surgery, London.

Further studies led to the successful completion of a Diploma in Orthodontics at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Dr. Mahony has also passed the Royal College of Dentists in Canada post graduate examination in the field of orthodontics.

Dr Mahony has passed examinations leading to a postgraduate qualification in Dentofacial Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. He has also attained his Membership in Orthodontics qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

Dr Mahony has been seeing an average of 250 patients per week for the last decade and has gained a vast amount of experience which he can pass on to clinicians so that they can come to appreciate the key elements of his combined treatment approach. He currently has over 3000 orthodontic patients in active treatment and has been a key note speaker at the International Orthodontic Summit meetings, the International Association of Orthodontics meetings, and the American Association of Functional Orthodontics meetings. He is considered by some to be the “next leading lecturer on functional/fixed orthodontics.”

Dr Mahony approaches his orthodontic diagnosis from a “facial profile” point of view. He sets his treatment goals to create not just straight teeth, but beautiful faces and healthy temporomandibular joints.

Dr Mahony is a contributing editor to the Journal of Clinical Paediatric Dentistry, International Orthodontic Journal and Spanish Journal of Dentofacial Orthopaedics.


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2/03/2024 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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310 Williams Road North Toorak 3142

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