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Winners: Harty Essay Prize

Winners: The Harty Prize

The Harty Prize is an annual essay writing competition. The BES sets the topic and undergraduates from dental schools in the UK enter using a pseudonym.





Kathryn Mulhearn

Project Title

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, management of acute endodontic emergencies has proved challenging; especially during the initial lockdown from March 23rd when dental practices were closed or access was limited to urgent care centres. Discuss what clinical hurdles were faced during this time and outline the strategies used to best manage the endodontic problems; reflecting on the evidence base for the suggested measures and how they compare with “best practice” management of endodontic problems in the absence of a pandemic.


2019/20 Nasir Bashir The placement of a dental implant is often considered as an alternative to root canal treatment.  Discuss how you would approach this treatment planning decision relying on the evidence base to support your answer.
2018/19 Milan Krstic Discuss the role of procedures designed to maintain pulp vitality, highlighting the process of decision making when choosing the mode of treatment as well as the possible consequences of such measures.
2017/18 Joint Winners – Jed Y L Lee and Shanil Patel

“In an era increasingly focused on holistic care, discuss the relationship between systemic disease and endodontic therapy. In your answer explore the impact this might have on diagnosis, treatment planning, the informed consent process and outcome”

2016/17 Michael Brown Dental resorption in permanent teeth is a problem often encountered in practice.  Classify the different types of resorption you might see, and discuss their aetiology, management and prognosis.
2015/16 Jignesh Panchal  
2014/15 Devan Raindi  
2013/14 Joint Winners – Mariya Godsafe and Satnam Singh Virdee Teeth that have root fillings that are satisfactory on a radiograph can fail, whereas teeth that have root fillings that are not, can succeed.  Discuss the potential reasons for this and the implications it might have on the decision to treat?

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