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College of Dentistry - Continuing Professional Development 2018

Dr Victoria Mellish

Oral Surgery Update

Practical changes to the Oral Surgery specialty are few and far between for the general dentist; the virtual forceps are yet to be designed.  However, there have been major advances in patient medications, some of which greatly increase the risk of complications for dental extractions.  Dr Mellish will review the tangible details of the literature regarding medication related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) and the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and relate them to the general dentist.  Leaving this CPD session you will feel more confident in your approach to managing patient’s medical history, feeling reassured in your ability to treatment plan effectively, thus preventing complications.


About Dr Victoria Mellish BDS MJDF (RCS Eng) PGCertHBE:

Dr Mellish is the current Head of Oral Surgery at James Cook University.  Since her appointment began, she has created a specialised Oral Surgery curriculum for the undergraduates and teaches on the post-graduate Implantology Diploma.  She started her career working as a general dentist for the UK NHS and in private practice, before moving into the field of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.  In the Hospital environment, Dr Mellish has worked in numerous NHS Hospitals in and around London providing care under LA, sedation and GA, whilst being involved in training Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery doctors.  Prior to emigrating from the UK to Australia, she taught clinical and theoretical Oral Surgery to dentistry undergraduates at King’s College London University.