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Prof Ian Meyers OAM


Ian Meyers

Clinical management of root surface Caries

Exposed root surfaces and root surface caries are commonly seen in many dental patients, particularly as our population is ageing and keeping their natural teeth longer. Along with this increase in root surface lesions there is an increasing expectation by patients that they will retain their teeth in a healthy and functional state well into their senior years. A range of restorative materials and techniques are available to enable conservative management of exposed root surfaces and for treatment of root surface caries, which can assist patients in retaining their teeth. This presentation will discuss and demonstrate a number of clinical strategies which can be implemented to help practitioners manage patients with these concerns.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Protecting exposed root surfaces – Reducing sensitivity and improving contour and aesthetics.
  • Hard and soft tissue implications – Restorative and / or periodontal interventions.
  • Root surface caries – Is it manageable?
  • Techniques for deep interproximal posterior restorations – direct or indirect restorations.
  • The apparently hopeless tooth – To restore or extract?


Professor Ian Meyers is a general dental practitioner in Brisbane, Australia and is an honorary professor at The University of Queensland School of Dentistry. Professor Meyers has over thirty five years of combined experience in dental research, clinical dentistry, private practice, university clinics and hospital based dental clinics. He is a Fellow and Board Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and of the International College of Dentists, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has served on numerous ADA national committees and is a long standing member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Australian Dental Journal. In 2017 he received the Order of Australia Medal for services to dentistry, to professional associations, and to tertiary education.

Among his previous positions Professor Meyers has been the Colgate Chair of General Practice Dentistry at The University of Queensland, the Chief Dental Officer for Queensland Health, and President and CEO of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Dental Association.

As a general dental practitioner, Ian Meyers has extensive experience in comprehensive patient care, and has a special interest in diagnosis and management of worn and broken down dentition, geriatric and aged care dentistry, adhesive restorative dental materials, fibre-reinforced composites, and the management of patients through minimum intervention dentistry. Ian lectures both nationally and internationally on these topics, and is a consultant to a number of dental companies