Professor Saunders is Emeritus Professor of Endodontology at the University of Dundee, UK. After graduation from the Royal Dental Hospital in London in 1970, Professor Saunders became a general dentist, first in the Royal Air Force and then in general dental practice. He entered academia in 1981 and undertook higher clinical training in Restorative Dentistry and a PhD. He was appointed to a Professorship in Clinical Practice at the University of Glasgow in 1993 and became the first Professor of Endodontology in the United Kingdom in 1995. He was Dean of the Dundee Dental School for 11 years and chaired the Dental Schools Council of the United Kingdom from 2008-11. He has written over 100 scientific papers and chapters for books. He chaired the Speciality Advisory Board in Restorative Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for over 6 years, the body responsible for the qualifying examination for specialists in endodontics, periodontics and fixed and removable prosthodontics in the UK, and recognised by a number of other countries. He was Editor of the International Endodontic Journal 1991-1998. He was Congress Chair of the 2009 European Society of Endodontology. He was Dean of The Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2014-2017. He was awarded the inaugural Scottish Dental Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and has lectured and examined throughout the world.
Restoration of the root filled tooth – ignore at your peril!
Adequate restoration of the root filled tooth is often overlooked and many general dental practitioners do not understand fully the concept of protecting a root filled tooth. This lecture will provide an update on how important the coronal restoration is to both the integrity of the root filling and the longevity of the tooth as a functioning unit.
Root canal obturation – physical and biological principles to enhance healing
Whatever cleaning and shaping has taken place during root canal treatment, the quality of the root filling is judged by the radiographic appearance of the obturation. This lecture will review the way obturation has been carried out over the years and propose a more biological protocol to generate sustainable healing.