Conference themed around facial anomalies.
THE problems of facial anomalies which often make it difficult for people to integrate with society will be explored at this year's annual Rural Dental Conference in Mid Wales next month.
Themed "About Face", the conference is organised by the Welsh Rural Postgraduate Unit, Wales Deanery and Cardiff University and will be held at Maesmawr Hall, Caersws, near Newtown on Friday, June 5. Around 100 delegates, representing dentists and dental teams, are expected to attend to hear an impressive line-up of expert speakers.
Charles Vaughan-Jones, postgraduate dental tutor for rural Wales, said: "Last year's conference focused on the problems of maintaining professional integrity in the face of consumer demands for market-led cosmetic changes to teeth and supporting facial tissues.
"This year's conference focuses on the very real problems faced by people who suffer from a developmental anomaly that can make it difficult for them to integrate with society.
"To address this topic, a multiclinical team from the West Midlands Craniofacial Centre and the West Midlands Cleft Lip and Palate Centre will describe the disadvantages in not conforming to a broad perception of appearance norms and how this is addressed at an orthodontic, restorative, prosthetic and surgical level."
Speakers include Ian Sharp, consultant cleft surgeon at West Midlands Cleft Lip and Palate Service, Fiona Sandom, president of The British Association of Dental Therapists, Anthony Summerwill, consultant in restorative dentistry at Birmingham Dental Hospital, Martin Evans, consultant craniofacial surgeon at West Midlands Craniofacial Service and Andrew Monaghan, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon at University Hospital Birmingham.
To book a place at the confer-ence contact Nicola Dempsey at the Wales Deanery School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education, Cardiff University, on 02920 687780 or email DEMPSEYNM@cardiff.ac.uk