Dr Chris Barker

Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Topic: The Role of Lasers in the Treatment of Peri-implant Diseases

Speaker: Dr Chris Barker


Dental lasers have become an important tool in today’s dental practice with many options and applications. Join Periodontist Dr Chris Barker to discuss laser technology and other modern solutions for treating peri-implant diseases directly and indirectly.

Considering the many challenges dental professionals face in their daily practice, especially regarding implant diseases, there is a high demand for simpler, minimally invasive, reduced pain and less traumatic techniques and tools, which lasers have the potential to fulfil.

Dr Chris Barker will discuss his cases and scientific studies showing the successful use of laser therapy in conjunction with surgical and non-surgical treatment for peri-implant diseases.

Learning Objectives:

  • What types of Lasers are applicable
  • Understanding lasers as an adjunct to non-surgical and surgical peri-implant therapy
  • Adjunctive use of Lasers for accelerated healing
  • What are the risk factors of using laser therapy for peri-implant diseases?
  • How to integrate lasers into clinical practice 
About the Speaker

Dr Chris Barker is a Queensland-based periodontist who specialises in the full scope of specialist periodontics treatment methods.

He is passionate about staying up to date with new treatments and technologies that assist in providing positive patient outcomes and experiences. Chris is one of only a few specialists’ periodontists in Australia able to provide LANAP® – a minimally invasive laser periodontal treatment. His practice, Proactive Perio, offers Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) which is one of the latest technologies in dental hygiene treatments.

He graduated from dental school at the University of Adelaide in 2004 and was awarded First Class Honours for completion of an honours research program in 2005. He completed his Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry, specialising in Periodontology, at Griffith University in 2014. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and has completed the Long Surgical Course Certified from the International Team for Implantology (ITI).

Chris has been a junior lecturer and clinical tutor at the University of Adelaide and Griffith University. He is also a published author and his research on modifying factors of bone resorption and bone production has been presented at domestic and international conferences. He received research grants from the Australian Periodontology Research Foundation and the Australian Society of Orthodontics.

He was also recently appointed to launch the public awareness campaign, ‘Fight Gum Disease Australia’, and held its inaugural launch in February 2020.

He is currently the president of the Australian Osseointegration Society (AOS), a former president Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP) and is the director of Sunshine Coast branch of the International Team for Implantology (ITI). He is also a member of the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP) and the Australian Dental Association (ADA).

Before setting up his practice, Chris worked in government and private practice roles in Adelaide, Brisbane and regional Queensland. He still frequently travels to regional Queensland to provide periodontal treatment to patients living in rural and remote areas.

Chris lives in Brisbane with his wife Wendy, and they have three young children. He enjoys getting outdoors and has a keen interest in rugby and mountain trekking.

Axel Spahr

Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Topic: Implant Complications– what’s causing the trouble and how could I prevent it?

Speaker: Prof Axel Spahr


More than 5.5% of the Australian population have a dental implant and while the success rate of implants is generally high, some implants will fail. How can we prevent implants from failing rather than trying to fix the issues when they have already happened?

Join Professor Axel Spahr, international renowned periodontist and Head of Dentistry at Sydney University, for a deep dive into:

  • What can be done at the outset to achieve long-term implant success such as careful patient selection and risk assessment
  • Treatment planning and execution with the use of surgical guides
  • Understanding the leading factors for both short- and long-term implant failure and how to reduce those risks
About the Speaker

Prof Spahr is Head of Discipline Restorative and Reconstructive Dentistry and Subject Area Periodontics as well as Deputy Head of School at The University of Sydney Dental School. He is also Head of the Department Periodontics at the Sydney Dental Hospital.

Axel is the former Head of Periodontics at the University of Ulm in Germany and has worked at various international universities and research facilities. He has additional training in microbiology, molecular biology, extensive experience in basic science research, animal research and clinical research. Prof. Spahr’s research interest includes periodontal regeneration, bone regeneration, periodontitis and systemic diseases, antimicrobial therapy as well as dental implants and peri-implant diseases. He has led large externally funded research projects and is collaborating with leading international research groups and companies in the field of periodontology, implantology and bone regeneration. He is the author of numerous publications in international peer-reviewed dental and medical journals, book chapters and has presented his work at professional conferences worldwide. Prof. Spahr is a board registered periodontal specialist, he works part-time in an established specialist periodontal and implant practice in Sydney and is the past President of the Periodontal Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR). He is a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), the International College of Dentists (ICD), and the Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA).

Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Topic: Newest Findings and Research in Periodontics and Dental Implants

Speaker: Sydney Dental School Periodontics Students, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney


The Sydney Dental School Periodontics Students will showcase their newest findings and research in Periodontics and Dental Implants. 

This is not to be missed - this is your chance to be the first in the know! 

About the Speaker

Presented by the Sydney Dental School Periodontics Students - Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney.

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