may, 2022

202204may1:30 pm5:00 pmStress-free dentistry for new graduates1:30 pm - 5:00 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my timeLevel 3, 10 Yarra Street Event Organized By: ADA VB Discipline:Business,Communication,Graduate Support,OtherFormat:In-Person

Stress-free dentistry for new graduates

Event Details

Receive tips about communicating with patients, restorative techniques and post-operative pain.

Communication may be the simplest way a new graduate dentist can increase their patient satisfaction

Presented by Dr Toni Surace

What I wish I knew about patient communication when I was a new grad! Communication is EVERYTHING! It doesn’t matter how good a clinical dentist you are if you cannot communicate well. 

In this session, you will:

  • Discover the secret to building value for your patient to keep returning
  • Learn how to instantly build rapport
  • Master the art of catering to your patients individual communication

Restorative techniques 

Presented by Dr Alan Solomon

They say you can’t teach new tricks to an old dog. But, the old dog often knows a thing or two about the old tricks! Restorative dentistry is largely predicable but we all get problems that bedevil our best efforts, which can leave us scratching our heads for an answer. We will walk you through some areas that can lead to patient dissatisfaction with our restorative attempts, and provide some remedies and ways to avoid them altogether.  

Learn how to:

  • Recognise why a restoration that we think is acceptable may be deficient in a patient’s eyes 
  • Identify contact point issues and how to manage them
  • Recognise what a ‘functional’ open contact is and options to manage it
  • Recognise potential problems before you restore the tooth so the patient is pre-informed and not surprised.

Post-operative pain: Causes of post-op pain and discomfort for common dental procedures, and current recommendations for pain management

Presented by Dr Michael Yoon

Is post-operative pain preventable? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Know how to predict, prevent and manage post-operative pain to reduce your stress.

Post-operative pain is a part of dentistry. If not managed appropriately, it can develop into a stressful situation for both the patient and the dentist. Understanding the causes of dental pain can help clinicians predict what treatments may result in post-operative pain. Having this foresight will give you the opportunity to start pain management before the patient leaves the practice. Management may come in the form of communication, pharmacology and/or active treatment. 

Learn how to:

  • Understand the causes of pain
  • Identify cases/treatments that are likely to induce post-operative pain
  • Apply various pain management strategies. 


Speakers for this event

  • Dr Alan Solomon

    Dr Alan Solomon

    BDSc and Current member of the ADAVB CPD committee

    BDSc Melbourne 1984, FRACDS 1989, Past President of the AProsSVB, past mentor and current examiner for the MRACDS, and current member of the ADAVB CPD committee.

    BDSc and Current member of the ADAVB CPD committee

  • Dr Michael Yoon

    Dr Michael Yoon

    Specialist Endodontist

    Dr Michael Yoon is a specialist endodontist and is in full-time private practice at Melbourne Endodontics. He completed his general dental and specialist endodontic training at the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Michael is the immediate past president of the Australian Society of Endodontology (Vic Branch) and serves as a committee member of the RACDS Victorian and Tasmanian regional committee. He is regularly involved in lecturing and clinical endodontic teaching of dental students.

    Specialist Endodontist

  • Dr Toni Surace

    Dr Toni Surace

    Practice Manager, Coach

    Dr Toni Surace graduated from Melbourne University in Dental Science in 1995 and formed her practice, Smile Style Dental in 2000. As a Principal Dentist, Dr Surace, went through the Momentum Management Program and found by implementing procedures, protocols and systems, she could run her practice remotely and leverage her time. This program has enabled her to be selective in the type of dentistry she does personally, and has allowed her to fulfil her other passion of helping dentists run their business more effectively and efficiently.

    Practice Manager, Coach


ADA VBThe Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) is the professional association of Victorian dentists. We aim to improve the dental health of all Victorians, promote the highest standards of professional dental care and enhance the professional lives of our members. We support and advocate on behalf of dentists to build a stronger voice for our profession and to promote the oral health of Victorians. We listen to the concerns of Victorian dentists, monitor the impacts on our profession and focus on the priorities identified by our members.[email protected] Level 3, 10 Yarra St, South Yarra VIC 3141


(Wednesday) 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time

CPD Hours

2 clinical hours


ADA member: $220.00, Recent graduate ADA member: $160.00, Non ADA member: $390.00 and Recent graduate non-member: $208.00

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