I just came back from Salt Lake City,Utah in the United States of America after attending the Asia Pacific Key Educators Conference hosted by Ultradent Products Inc,a leading dental manufacturer in the US.

What a timely reminder for me personally,that we have only that much of tooth structure in our oral cavitites! How invasive do we want to be as dentists,in the name of practising modern,high-tech dentistry? Are we destroying more tooth structure than necessary or are we going all out to preserve as much of it as we can? 

This conference covered many topics,including latest updates and trends on whitening,root canal treatment,bonding technology in tooth restorations,aesthetic dentistry and tissue management in dentistry.However,my main take-home point was this -it confirms my conviction about wanting to keep as much natural tooth structure as possible in the mouth.Hence my occasional reluctance and refusal to do certain procedures for my patients is justified.

The man behind Ultradent is the incredibly smart yet amazingly warm and friendly Dr Dan Fischer.He started the company almost 30 years ago in the basement of his house and today it is an establishment with more than 700 employees and sits on a sprawling piece of land in Salt Lake City with a 220,000 square-foot building.

We had the privilege of hearing Dr Fischer share his passion about preserving tooth structure and how we should,as dentists be committed to respecting the tooth structure and educating our patients about it.

   

     

Ultradent was such a wonderful host to all of us delegates from Malaysia.India,Philippines,Hong Kong,China and Mongolia.We were made to feel so much at home right from the moment we arrived .The hospitality was genuine and warm,the food was great and plentiful, the programmes were authentic and fun.They even arranged a day of sight seeing for us down to the canyonlands of Southern Utah.

    

   

Great trip!! ..except for the lonnnggggg journey and the horrendous jet lag that followed…… :(