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Failing Up! – DCG Annual Conference 2022


Join us for something different, as surely we can learn more from our failures than our successes. A full day of engaging lectures from world-class clinicians covering the theme of failures, followed by an interactive debate session where we will discuss challenging cases seen in every day practice.


Take advantage of the early bird rate and register before the 9th October.


There will also be a poster presentation and competition for students, DCTs and dentists within 4 years of graduation. Please see this document for further information.

Book your place below. Further programme information is included at the bottom of this page.


Naturally, dentists don’t shy away from sharing their best cases. From study clubs, conferences and particularly now in the age of social media, we are inundated with excellent treatments provided by colleagues on a daily basis. However, we must ask ourselves…


Is this misleading? Is it realistic? And is it beneficial? or have these platforms now become an ‘echo chamber’ of praise.


Join us for something different, as surely we can learn more from our failures than our successes. A full day of engaging lectures from world-class clinicians covering the theme of failures.


CPD: 7 hours eCPD. GDC Development Outcomes A B C D

Early Bird Rate: £99 (£150 after 9th October)

Date: Saturday 12th November 2022

Time: 9am-5pm (7 hours eCPD). Registration from 8:30am

Location: ManDEC, Manchester, M15 6FH

Travel Information:

  • The venue is easily accessible via public transport
  • Car Parking: Multi-storey car park on-site

Catering: Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please make us aware of any specific dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Refund Policy:
We understand life can get in the way sometimes.

  • 100% refund for cancellations made prior to 31st October.
  • 50% refund for cancellations made prior to 9th November.
  • Cancellations after 9th November are ineligible for refund.

Supported By:


  • Title: When endo goes wrong! How to rescue failing cases without resorting to extractions.
  • Lecturer: Dr Daniel Flynn
  • eCPD: Development Outcome C


Every dentist faces treatment planning dilemmas every day in practice. As treatment options evolve, it is becoming more and more difficult to assess the merits of each treatment option and to explain the pros and cons of each option to the patient. We are required to be aware of the clinically relevant scientific evidence and we also need to understand our own strengths and weaknesses, as clinicians, and how best to address each patients needs and preferences. Dr. Daniel Flynn will discuss some cases from the viewpoint of orthograde endodontics, surgical endodontics and implant dentistry. Different approaches will be discussed, and we will try to reach a consensus at the end of the discussion.

Aim- To discuss the treatment options when mishaps or failure occurs following endodontic treatment.


  • To show the thought process of a specialist endodontist in resolving failing cases
  • To discuss treatment strategies


  • Dr Daniel Flynn
  • Specialist in Endodontics
  • BDentSc MFDS RCSI MClinDent MRD

After qualifying from Trinity College Dublin in 2002. Daniel spent a year as a House Officer in the Dublin Dental Hospital, concentrating on both restorative dentistry and oral surgery.

Following this, he worked in private practice and completed the MFDS exams before beginning a three-year programme in Endodontics at the Eastman Dental Institute. He was subsequently awarded the Membership in Restorative Dentistry (MRD), the highest formal qualification available for the endodontic mono-specialty, by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and entered onto the General Dental Council’s Specialist List for Endodontics.

He has lectured around the UK and internationally and gives hands-on courses for general dentists. Daniel has also taught Endodontics at the Eastman Dental Institute.

Daniel specialises in saving teeth. He believes that a natural tooth is superior than any prosthetic so long as its strong enough and has adequate bone attachment.

To this end he has dedicated the last 5 years perfecting endodontic microsurgery techniques, the ultimate tooth saving procedure. He is also dedicated to diagnosing causes of odontogenic pain and infection using state of the art small volume CBCT scans. Daniel has treated thousands of nervous and anxious patients over the years and has developed a virtually pain-free treatment approach.


  • Title: Clear Aligners: Getting it right the first time
  • Lecturer: Dr Farooq Ahmed
  • eCPD: Development Outcome C


The lecture will describe common issues experienced by clinicians using aligners. The lecture will describe how clinical issues arise, how to detect them and how to get the aligner case back on track

Aim– To describe common errors with aligners and their management


  • How to manage lack of tracking
  • Staging of IPR
  • How to avoid common planning errors



  • Dr Farooq Ahmed
  • Consultant & Specialist Orthodontist

Farooq works as a consultant orthodontist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Northwick Park Hospital, as well as private practice in  North London.

He received his BDS with honours from the University of Manchester in 2009, and entered specialist orthodontic training at the University of Manchester in 2012. He passed his MOrth in 2015 and received the Gold Medal with the Royal College of England. Farooq went on to senior registrar training at The Royal London Dental Hospital and Northwick Park Hospital. He leads on aligner teaching at Guy’s Hospital to postgraduate orthodontic students. He is glutton for punishment and in that vein hosts an orthodontic podcast, with short summaries of lectures, conferences and blogs on orthodontics


  • Title: Managing Perio failures using CT Grafts
  • Lecturer: Dr Amit Patel
  • eCPD: Development Outcome C


The lecture will cover the use of connective tissue grafts to improve aesthetics results for our patients and achieve greater predictability for us as clinicians


  • To discuss failures in periodontics using case-based examples
  • To understand the rectification of periodontal failures via the utilisation of connective grafts with tunnelling techniques.
  • To outline how to harvest a connective tissue graft and demonstrate how to do this predictably and safely
  • To discuss how to achieve a passive closure of flaps for optimal healing


  • Dr Amit Patel
  • Specialist in Periodontics & Implant Dentist

Amit is registered with the General Dental Council as a Specialist in Periodontics. Alongside his private practice, he also works as Associate Specialist in Periodontics and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham Dental School. His special interests are dental implants, regenerative and aesthetic periodontics.

Amit graduated in Dentistry from the University of Liverpool in 1997. Following a training post in Restorative Dentistry at the Liverpool Dental School he gained significant experience in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery through 3 prestigious hospital posts. He obtained his Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2000.

Amit subsequently undertook a 4 year training program in Periodontics and Implantology at Guy’s, Kings and St Thomas’ Dental Institute, achieving Masters in Periodontology and Clinical Dentistry.

This training involved acquisition of the most up-to-date techniques in Periodontics and Implantology under the expert supervision of Professor Richard Palmer who was appointed the first Professor of Implant Dentistry in the United Kingdom. Amit then obtained his Membership in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and became a registered Specialist in Periodontics. He works with several different implant systems including Dentslply Implant and Straumann Dental Implant system which are the worlds biggest implant companies. He is also experienced in advanced surgical techniques for the treatment of Periodontal disease including sinus lift surgery, bone augmentation, the use of growth factor for bone regeneration and cosmetic root coverage surgery.

Amit is dedicated to providing specialist dentistry at the highest level and to training other dental professionals. In his role as Associate Specialist in Periodontics and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham Dental School he regularly teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He lectures both nationally and internationally, has presented at several major international conferences and has published in the field of Dental Implantology and Periodontics. In addition Amit is on the Editorial Board for several journals and a key opinion leader for several dental companies including implant companies. He was recently invited to become a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh which was an honour for Amit as Such an award is bestowed upon only the very few and only in recognition of a significant contribution to their chosen field.

Recently Amit has also been invited by Professor Giulio Rasperini of the University of Milan, Italy, to be part of his research group and be involved in periodontal, dental implant and bone regeneration research. Amit is also a key opinion leader for some major dental companies who are involved in implant dentistry, bone regeneration and periodontal and surgical instruments.

Amit has also been invited to become a member of PEERS UK, an association established to provide insight and advice for the development and improvement of dental implants

Risk Management

  • Title: Dento-Legal Risk Management
  • Lecturer: Dr Shaam Shamsi
  • eCPD: Development Outcomes A B D

Learning Objectives:

  • Have an understanding of the Post-Covid dento-legal landscape
  • Be able to apply the principles of risk management in everyday practice
  • Appreciate how good communication minimises complaints
  • Understand the risks for practices associated with Vicarious liability and non-delegable duty


  • Dr Shaam Shamsi
  • BDS (Lond), LDS RCS (Eng), FCGDent, FFDT RCS (Ed), MFGDP RCS, Dip Med Eths & Law, PGCTLCP, FGDP Pg Cert Appr, Pg Cert BAIRD

Shaam Shamsi qualified from the Royal London in 1994 and is the Clinical Director for Horizons Dental Centre in Staffordshire. He has an interest in cosmetic and Implant dentistry. As a former lecturer in the restorative department at Manchester Dental School teaching final year students, he continues to instil this ethos of learning with his students and course delegates.

Shaam has been involved with Dental Foundation Training since 2001, teaching and mentoring new graduates in practice. In 2008, he was appointed to the post of Training Programme Director in Midlands & East and is responsible for running the training schemes at Stafford County Hospital & Royal Stoke hospital.

His other roles include Specialist Advisor for the CQC, LDC Board member for North & South Staffordshire and senior examiner for Overseas Registration examination in London, Royal College of Surgeon’s LDS examination and the MFDS in Edinburgh.

In 2006, he acquired a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Ethics and Law and has worked as a Clinical panellist for the GDC’s Dental Complaints Service. In December 2020, Shaam completed his 10 year appointment sitting as a panellist for the GDC’s Fitness to Practice procedures adjudicating matters on clinical and professional misconduct. In 2021, he recently set up with a colleague the first ever PG Cert in Dental Risk Mitigation to help mentor colleagues in the profession facing Fitness to practice allegations.

Shaam lectures nationally and internationally on Medico-Legal matters and in the last 8 years, he has been well known for his lecture on ‘Raising Medico-Legal Awareness in Implant Dentistry’ for many established organisations.

He was recently appointed on the Council for Medical Protection Society Advisory Board and presents the Risks Management workshops for Dental Protection Society. He also sits on Committee for Barts and the London Alumni.

Shaam was recently awarded his Fellowship by the College of General Dentistry, London and the Faculty of Dental Trainers, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

Outside dentistry he is blessed with a wife and 3 children but also enjoys sport, photography, and is a keen traveller to different countries


  • Title: Prostho
  • Lecturer: Dr Attiq Rahman
  • eCPD: Development Outcome C



  • Dr Attiq Rahman
  • Founder – Precision Academy
  • BDS
Dr Attiq Rahman has 25 years’ experience in clinical dentistry and uses a multidisciplinary approach to treat cases including general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Since 2005, Attiq has been the clinical director of Visage Cosmetic Dental Clinic in Glasgow, as well as Visage’s dental laboratory.

He strongly believes that beautiful aesthetic dentistry results come from a good relationship between the patient, clinician and dental technician. For this reason, he established the on-site dental laboratory at Visage, to help create natural, beautiful smiles for their patients.

Attiq has earned a reputation amongst others in his field for being a calm perfectionist with a meticulous approach to dentistry. He usually works with an operating microscope.

He has a real passion for hands-on teaching and is a superb communicator. He has also established his own teaching facility, The Precision Academy, in which he runs courses for dentists as well as for dental technicians. He has taught his precise operative techniques to hundreds of dentists and his courses are very popular.

He lectures nationally and internationally on the subjects of restorative dentistry, aesthetic dentistry and dental implants.

Attiq’s range of work includes treating patients with a multidisciplinary approach for general dentistry, aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and full-mouth rehabilitation.


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