Leslie P. Laing Gibbard, BSc, BEd, MSc, PhD, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C)

Title:   Simply… Sjögren's


Synopsis:  Sjögren's Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder affecting approximately one in seventy people, mostly women.  The most debilitating manifestations are dry mouth and dry eyes.  In an attempt to understand the disorder, the oral neurophysiologic characteristics of such patients will be presented as well as implications to outcomes of prosthodontic care.


Course Objectives:  From this presentation, attendees will learn about: 

·         And  experience via simulation the oral manifestations of Sjögren's Syndrome

·         The oral neurophysiologic characteristics associated with Sjögren's Syndrome, and other xerostomic conditions

·         The extent of the debilitation with respect to quality of life and possible palliative measures rendering the condition more tolerable


Bio:  Dr. Gibbard graduated from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario with her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology and from the University of Toronto with her B.Sc., B.Ed., D.D.S., and M.Sc. (Prosthodontics).  She is an Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Prosthodontics at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.   Her private practice is restricted to Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry.  Dr. Gibbard's primary clinical interests are with Sjögren's Syndrome and other auto-immune disorders, the effect of oral neuropathies and quality of life, the clinical effectiveness of various retentive elements used in implant-supported complete overdentures and patients' perceptions of the various types, and the effect of grafted sites on implant survival.   Other research interests include the effect of mouth rinses on temporary cements, the effect of ozone treatment as a disinfectant, and innovations in dental education.