Dr Abbey Corbett

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The Restorative Management of Dental Caries affecting Children and Adolescents in New Zealand

This session will explore restorative treatment decisions made by dental and oral health therapists, general dental practitioners and specialists when managing dental caries in their child and adolescent patients.

The data to be presented represents the translation of minimal intervention principles to the care of these patient groups by assessing restorative treatment thresholds, preparation techniques and restorative material choice for proximal and occlusal lesions in primary and permanent teeth. Practice and practitioner characteristics associated with treatment decisions will be discussed.


BDS, DClinDent (Paeds), MRACDS (Paeds)

Abbey Corbett obtained both her BDS and Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) from the University of Otago. On graduating from her specialist training in 2018, Abbey became the first Māori Paediatric Dentist and returned to work at the Hospital Dental Service at Christchurch Hospital where her dental career first began. Abbey enjoys the breadth, challenge and collaborative nature of providing care for children and adolescents in the hospital environment. An example of such care is an interdisciplinary clinic for the assessment and management of children with complex dental anomalies that Abbey facilitates.

Outside her role at Christchurch Hospital, Abbey has been appointed to the clinical advisory group for the National Oral Health Equity Project, is president-elect for the New Zealand branch of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry (ANZSPD) and is Mum to her fiercely independent 2 year-old daughter Natalie.