Nobel Biocare Symposium 2017

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The Nobel Biocare Symposium 2017 “A Place for debate, education and networking" Dental Review reports

“I found the lectures to be extremely thought-provoking and challenging to what we already know, so overall the Symposium has been very helpful,” said Dr David Heath from Shine Dental Care.

The Nobel Biocare London Symposium 2017 proved a lively platform for discussion and debate on a host of different topics. Presentations were delivered by leading professionals at the very forefront of dental implantology, ensuring a truly engaging and inspirational experience for both practice and laboratory team members in attendance.

The two-day program got off to a brilliant start with Professor Tomas Albrektsson reminding delegates of the implant journey so far. As one of the pioneers of dental implants – following his involvement with the development of osseointegration concepts with Professor Brånemark – his authority on the subject was appreciated by the audience.

Thanks to the enormous amount of clinical research evidencing Brånemark implants and the TiUnite implant surface, Professor Albrektsson was keen to highlight that the rate of peri-implantitis is much lower than was initially thought. He was very clear that marginal bone loss does not automatically indicate peri-implant disease, with various other possible factors at play.

Dr Kevin Lochhead agreed with many principles put forward by Professor Albrektsson. Advocating a team approach for successful implant treatment, he reiterated that implants cannot be dealt with like teeth. Dr Lochhead also emphasized how a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to potential signs of peri-implantitis could lead to over-treatment and less-than-optimum outcomes.

Between the sessions, one point became a great source of debate throughout the day – whether implants should or should not be probed. Delegates jumped at the chance to ask their own questions of the speakers, who made it clear that all maintenance decisions come back to the diagnosis and that you need evidence of disease before you can treat it.

Dr Davesh Patel from Brigstock Dental Practice, commented: “I particularly enjoyed the lecture presented by Dr Kevin Lochhead – not only was the topic provocative and informative, but it was also something I can take away and use in the practice. It’s great to draw upon more experienced practitioners’ knowledge.”

The remainder of day one covered everything from the need to respect biology to prosthetically-driven treatment planning – and the importance of using genuine on genuine components that have been mechanically designed to work best together. Sessions by Dr Robin Horton, Dr Ian Lane and Richard Elliott focused on the benefits of a collaborative approach between dentists and lab teams in order to achieve long-term success. They offered perspectives about the digital workflow, urging delegates to utilize modern software solutions that enhance the planning process and allow for seamless data sharing between practice and lab.

“One of the best of this kind of event”

After the morning lectures, Dr Ismail Pandor from Bupa Dental Centre, West End, enthused: “The information and research used was incredibly informative, while all arguments were supported by appropriate evidence. Ultimately, the end result in implant dentistry is a collaborative effort, so the whole team needs to have a thorough understanding of the process and have constant communication.”

Ensuring something for the whole team, a break-off session dedicated to dental hygienists was led by Jennifer Huntley and Elizabeth Simpson. Exploring implant maintenance techniques and providing a comfortable environment for professionals to voice their own opinions, all delegates really got involved.

Gemma Llewellyn and Sally Rodgers, dental hygienists from Queensway Billingham, Northeast, said: “The group was very friendly and inclusive, with everyone open to debate. Without a doubt, the discussions we’ve had will have an impact on our practice protocols.”

On Saturday morning, Dr Paulo Malo and Dr Andrew Dawood shared their extensive experience on the more advanced treatment options available for edentulous patients, including the All-on-4 treatment concept, trans-sinus implants and zygomatic implants.

Dr Rubén Davó Rodriguez then introduced a brand-new innovative concept from Nobel Biocare – Trefoil – by exploring the treatment protocols and the success of the system in clinical studies so far. Following a lively panel discussion to round off the morning, delegates were left in no doubt that the field is constantly evolving so that they can provide ever-better treatment options to their patients.

During the afternoons masterclasses and hands-on sessions were declared the “perfect end to a great two days of learning”, while delegates put new skills into practice and had an opportunity to learn from leading professionals in a more intimate and engaging environment.

Throughout the event, the speakers, topics, exhibition and atmosphere created the perfect environment for discussion and the sharing of information among delegates. There were plenty of opportunities to catch up with friends and make new connections, not least at the Friday evening reception.

Dr Kunal Shah from LeoDental, summarised the his reaction to the Symposium: “The networking has been brilliant with just the right number of delegates to meet new people but still speak with representatives in the exhibition, where you could try out products as well. Regarding the lecture programme, there’ve been some really big speakers who have had a huge influence over implantology. Overall, I thought the Symposium was very well organised – it was one of the best of this kind of events that I’ve been to.”

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