1,200 dental professionals met in Rotterdam to find insights into the “Future of the Art of Implant Dentistry”
During two days in late April this year more than 1,200 oral health professionals from 39 countries participated in the Oral Reconstruction (OR) Global Symposium 2018, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Formerly the International CAMLOG Congress, the event focused on the latest aspects of implant dentistry across a packed programme.
The OR Foundation sponsors scientific research as well as training and education in implant dentistry and related areas, supporting scientific exchange between universities, practitioners, and the industry across the implant arena.
Under the banner, “The Future of the Art of Implant Dentistry”, the OR Global Symposium integrated the latest scientific findings and practice experience – all for the benefit of the patients.
Prof. Dr. Irena Sailer, Symposium Co-Chairman, said: “The art of implant dentistry is reflected in a variety of topics. The first is to find the right treatment concept and the most adequate materials and technology to use with it – including the mixture of new and time-proven solutions.
“Then we have the opportunities which reconstructive aesthetic dentistry offers. Exact teamwork is also very essential for a perfect result in implantology. And, last but not least, the digitalisation of dentistry offers many opportunities to the dental professional – as well as the patient.”
57 internationally renowned speakers, experts, and chairpersons came together to discuss trends in the profession and exchange best practice advice in the field of implant dentistry.
Topics discussed included soft tissue management around dental implants, treatment, and restorative concepts as well as the opportunities digital dentistry offers. Presenters also questioned the use of ceramic implants as an alternative to titanium. In an interactive session based on case presentations, experts from eight countries discussed their findings, presenting solutions to problems, complications, and failures.
The OR Foundation also presented primary results of research it supported, announced the winners of the OR Foundation Research Award, and selected oral presentations of the OR Foundation Poster Competition.
In conjunction with the OR Global Symposium, the OR Foundation organised a full-day education event for the dental practice team. For the first time, the entire practice was able to participate in the Symposium “inspiring the dental team’s spirit and performance”.
The day before the Symposium, the foundation offered 13 hands-on workshops, presented in German, English, Spanish, and Chinese. These workshops allowed participants to choose from selected topics including 3D implant planning and the CAMLOG® Guide System, the one crown one-time concept, soft tissue augmentation, and corrections for the prevention and management of peri-implant diseases.
It also covered the CONELOG® Implant System and the COMFOUR® Concepts considering indications and how to put them into practice using CERALOG® two-piece ceramic implants.
Digital developments in implant dentistry
Over the past few years, dentistry has experienced tremendous development and healthcare innovations with the advent of digital dental techniques and the introduction of new materials and methods to help change the way in which dentistry is performed.
Digital dentistry was a core focus of the Symposium. Delegates had opportunities to exchange ideas and learn more about the opportunities and advantages, digital technology can bring to the practice and the patient.
For example, Professor Dr Florian Beuer, MME, Director of the Division for Dental Prosthetic, Functional Science and Geriatric Medicine in the Center for Dental and Craniofacial Sciences of Charité – University of Medicine, Berlin, presented his session “Digital Workflow in Implant Dentistry”.
There was also the pre-symposium hands-on workshop “The Digital Implant Workflow in the Day-to-Day Practice” with practical examples on the benefits of digital dentistry and an optimum digital workflow for practice and laboratory.
Delegates were able to visit the Henry Schein ConnectDental booth featuring the company’s platform created to help dental professionals comfortably enter or expand further into the world of digital dentistry, by looking at technology and products available on the market today.
Patrick Thurm, Henry Schein’s Vice President International Global Prosthetic Solutions, Technology, outlined the Henry Schein digital dental model: “At Henry Schein, our ethos is not only to provide the best possible choice of digital solutions but also to help our customers understand the role of digital technology within the dental workflow.
“Thanks to our global reach, we can spot developing trends and demonstrate how best to integrate tailor-made CAD/CAM solutions into the daily dental routine. We show how digital equipment can improve efficiency and productivity for their practice or laboratory, and how to enhance patient experience by delivering high-quality dentistry.
“We support our customers in finding optimum solutions to suit their individual needs and they can rely on us to help them better understand the technology and remove the fear of change – while flattening the learning curve until they feel 100% comfortable. This is what Henry Schein ConnectDental is all about.”
Founding partner CAMLOG
CAMLOG, founding partner of the OR Foundation, is a leading provider of complete dental implant systems and products for restorative dentistry. Through the company’s network of distributors, CAMLOG products are sold in more than 30 countries worldwide.
During the Global Symposium, the company held a press conference together with representatives of the OR Foundation, in which Dr. René Willi, President Global Dental Surgical Group, Henry Schein, emphasised the strong partnership between CAMLOG and the OR Foundation, especially in the areas of research and education.
As part of Henry Schein’s Global Dental Surgical Group, CAMLOG also closely cooperates with BioHorizons for joint research and development activities and formed joint sales teams for CAMLOG and BioHorizons solutions in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the DACH region.
Christian Rähle, Director Research and Development at CAMLOG, gave a brief overview of its upcoming products. In addition to the well documented SCREW-LINE implant geometry, CAMLOG is going to launch the PROGESSIVE-LINE implant design at IDS 2019 in Cologne, Germany.
He explained: “This geometry will offer high primary stability in soft bone by following the standard surgical protocol while covering a broad range of indications and not being limited to certain treatment concepts.”
Markus Stammen, Director CAD/CAM and IT at CAMLOG, said: “The DEDICAM business is growing very quickly thanks to its high quality and outstanding services and it is going to be available in more European countries with Henry Schein affiliates, in the future.”
The OR Global Symposium 2020 will be held in New York from 30th April to 2nd May. For more information visit www.orfoundation.org.