"Experience – the significant difference"
Training highlight in Berlin: the International Dental Conference 2016
Three eventful conference days are now over for more than 300 participants from 19 countries: the International Dental Conference took place at the Meliã Hotel in Berlin from 22 to 24 April 2016. This year's implants event highlight from Dentaurum Implants with 19 top-class speakers from home and abroad has left a lasting impression with its interesting lectures, practical workshops, an unforgettable evening event and perfect organization.
Workshops on Friday
Tobias Grosse, Division Manager Implantology at Dentaurum Implants and Dr. Friedhelm Heinemann (Morsbach, Germany) welcomed the German-speaking participants on Friday and opened the first four workshops.
Dr. Christoph Bourauel (University of Bonn, Germany) and Dr. Friedhelm Heinemann presented hands-on exercises using the new implant system CITO mini® on a plastic jaw and spoke on the subject of the "Strategic increase of the number of abutments with standard and mini implants" ("Strategische Pfeilervermehrung mit Standard und Mini Implantaten"). Dr. Sigmar Schnutenhaus (Hilzingen, Germany) held a workshop on "Fixed restorations without augmentations" ("Festsitzende Versorgungen auch ohne Augmentationen") and gave the participants guidelines for use in their practice. "Tips and tricks concerning soft tissue – before, during and after implant placement" ("Tipps und Tricks rund ums Weichgewebe – vor, während und nach der Implantation") was the title of Dr. Daniel Schulz's (Henstedt-Ulzburg, Germany) presentation. Dr. Dieter Lazik, a research assistant at the institute for sports therapy and prevention at the University of Potsdam, Germany, invited the participants to join in with his workshop titled "The craniosacral system in dentistry" ("Craniosacrales System im zahnärztlichen Kontext"). He believes it is essential to take a holisitic view of each patient. It didn't take long for members of the audience to join in and try out Dr. Lazik's exercise suggestions for muscle relaxation.
Friday finished with an evening event in the Wasserwerk Berlin, a building that is more than 100 years old and connects the traditional with the modern. During dinner there was time to catch up with one another and to exchange thoughts and ideas on a professional level. There were also some show acts: both the didgeridoo group Silberbodys and the solo violinist Bea, who played floating from the ceiling, provided musical entertainment in the old machine hall which was beautifully illuminated in colors.
A bilingual marathon of scientific lectures on Saturday
Saturday's program offered eleven talks on implantology and interdisciplinary topics from the fields of science, research and practice, each simultaneously interpreted into English for the international guests. Tobias Grosse and Dr. Friedhelm Heinemann welcomed the international guests on the second day of the conference and guided them through the interesting program. The opening talk of the day was held jointly by Dr. Friedhelm Heinemann and Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Phys. Christoph Peter Bourauel from the University of Bonn on the subject of the immediate load capacity of tioLogic® implants. Dr. Sigmar Schnutenhaus (Hilzingen) spoke on the digital transformation in implant prosthetics and the opportunties this transformation presents. Anatomical and surgical considerations regarding the lateral jaw was the topic of a talk held by Dr. Joachim Hoffmann and Dr. Gudrun Stoya (both from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany). In a multimedia presentation they showed bone configurations in the mandibula, anatomical problem zones that can lead to difficulties during implant insertion, and topographical reference points to the neighboring soft tissue on the floor of the mouth. "Shorties – is this trend scientifically evident?" ("Shorties – ist der Trend wissenschaftlich evident?") was the question asked and answered by Dr. Torsten Mundt from the University of Greifswald, Germany. He defined the term, spoke about the indications, gave a comprehensive overview of literature on the subject and shared his own experiences and conclusions. He has reached the conclusion that implants with a length of 10 mm or less no longer pose a problem if indications are taken into consideration. He gave the participants a set of clear recommendations. Prof. Dr. Werner Götz from the University of Bonn spoke about the healing and degradation of bone substitutes and gave an interim review after 10 years of research.
After lunch, Prof. Dr. Mohammed A. Al-Shahat from Mansoura University in Egypt spoke on minimally invasive implant insertion, followed by Dr. Stefan Möller (Göttingen, Germany) on the subject of the cortical microfixation of screw implants with osteosynthesis plates / satellite implants and the resulting increase in primary stability. The importance of emergency management in the dental practice became clear to the participants after listening to Dr. Peter Schablin (Bonn) talk on this subject. He spoke about symptoms and the necessary actions for emergencies in the dental practice, such as hyperventilation, and informed the participants on the necessary emergency equipment. Prof. Dr. Klaus K.-F. Roth (Hamburg University, Germany) reported on progress made in peri-implantitis treatment. In his résumé, he commented that there are few studies available on this subject. The risk of developing this disease can however be reduced by a system of regular recalls and by excellent oral hygiene.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Kai-Olaf Henkel (Military Hospital, Hamburg) adressed the issue of complications in implantology. Using various case demonstrations, he clearly illustrated which complications may arise and which counteractive measures should be implemented. Dipl.-Paed. Herbert Prange (Mallorca) concluded the second conference day with the subject of dental intelligence and brain research. He spoke about dopamin pushing, its consequences and, in particular, the relation between the brain and patient consultation. With his humorous tips on optimum strategic consultation with patients, he brought the day to a wonderful conclusion. It had been a successful conference day with many interesting aspects.
Sunday: four workshops within an international context
The workshops on Sunday were held in English only. The main subject for the speakers from Egypt and Turkey was the computer-guided insertion of implants using tioLogic® digital and implant prosthetics with AngleFix abutments. These workshops were headed by Dr. M. Akif Eskan (Istanbul, Turkey), Dr. Ali H. Özoğlu (Adana, Turkey) and Prof. Ahmed Barakat (Cairo, Egypt). Dr. Joachim Hoffmann provided much food for thought in his talk on how to avoid complications in the dental practice. Dr. Daniel Schulz used illustrative case studies to show a number of variations for the management of soft tissue. As was the case on Friday, participants had here also the possibility to take part in all four workshops.
As the third day drew to a close, voices could be heard from German and international guests expressing how much they had enjoyed the practical workshops, the informative talks, the interesting social program and the overall excellent organization. The number of enquiries that came made it clear that there will soon be another implant event of this size from Dentaurum Implants.
DENTAURUM Implants GmbH
Centrum Dentale Communikation
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