EuroPerio9 presents highlights at Opening Press Conference

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: Seeking to put into practice the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) strategic vision of “periodontal health for a better life”, EuroPerio9 has broken records: 1,753 submitted abstracts, 134 speakers in 42 main sessions in the scientific programme, and 308 moderated abstract and poster presentations. Wednesday’s Opening Press Conference gave the audience an overview of the event, background information on the EFP, and facts and figures on periodontal disease.

“We are more than happy to welcome a record number of 10,000 participants to EuroPerio9,” said EuroPerio9 Chair Dr Michèle Reners. “The visitors come from 111 different countries, with visitors from the Netherlands, Germany and France making up the biggest share of European participants. Most visitors from non-European countries come from Japan—in large part because of the joint session with the Japanese Society of Periodontology—followed by Brazil and Mexico. All in all, one in four visitors come from a non-European country.” Prof. Søren Jepsen, EuroPerio9 Scientific Chair and past EFP President, outlined this edition’s new session formats and expanded scientific programme. “A congress app, as well as interactive sessions, focus on more engagement between speakers and the audience. Highlights from the programme include the first live periodontal surgery at a EuroPerio congress, Perio Talks, based on the famous TED Talks concept, a debate session about the global threat of antibacterial resistance, a 3-D session on reconstructive surgery for teeth and implants, a treatment planning session, and a ‘nightmare session’ on the last day discussing worst-case treatment scenarios, failures and how to deal with them.” Current EFP President Prof. Anton Sculean emphasised this year’s focus on periodontal health as an integral part of general health and well-being. “We want to promote oral health not only among the younger population, but focus especially on people over 60 years of age. By 2050, people aged 60 or more will represent almost one in four people on earth, and periodontitis in these people can be prevented now.” According to EFP Secretary General Prof. Iain Chapple, the EFP’s vision in this respect is to reduce the burden of periodontitis—which is already the world’s sixth most prevalent disease in its most severe form and is becoming increasingly common—on the global population. Specialist and EFP Committee member Prof. Bruno Loos communicated the following take-home message: “Gingivae and the underlying bone structure are the basis not only for a healthy dentition, crowns or bridges, but also for speech, appearance, your smile, and overall well-being. In a lot of countries, periodontal treatment is not part of the basic health insurance package. As such, periodontal disease needs to be recognised as a disease just like all other chronic inflammatory diseases.”

Tags: Amsterdam, EuroPerio, europerio9

Sunstar highlights benefits of guided tissue regeneration in GUIDOR symposium

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: A special session held by Sunstar at EuroPerio9 on guided tissue regeneration (GTR) highlighted the company’s commitment to education in periodontics. The GUIDOR symposium, led by Drs Pierpaolo Cortellini and Maurizio Tonetti of the Florence Task Force, employed a variety of presentations and 3-D videos on clinical cases to demonstrate how GTR can be used alongside various treatment modalities.

The Florence Task Force is a group of highly respected clinicians who have been working for the past two years on the dissemination of periodontics-focused education. Consisting of around 15 international clinicians, the group saw a need for guidance on when and how treatment of intra-bony defects through GTR may be appropriate in cases of periodontitis and aggressive periodontitis. So far, their efforts have resulted in educational presentations on regenerative surgical treatments throughout Europe and in a clinical tool for decision-making in regenerative surgery. Consensus postoperative protocols have also been developed by the group and spread alongside the GTR treatments. The GUIDOR symposium at EuroPerio9 was conducted in front of a full house, with attendees eager to witness presentations regarding the use of the clinical tool SAC (Simple, Advanced, Complex) for decision-making in regenerative surgery involving GUIDOR, a bioresorbable matrix barrier. The first presenter, Dr Jose Gonzales, highlighted how this clinical protocol can be applied to maximise the likelihood of success of regenerative surgery for treating intra-bony defects. Gonzales outlined how GUIDOR allows for a minimally invasive approach to these defects and emphasised the importance of an accurate and consistently applied postoperative protocol for GTR. The next presenters, Drs Anton Friedmann and Sofia Aroca, demonstrated how GTR and SAC could be used for regenerative surgery in furcations and gingival recessions, respectively. Between each speaker’s presentation, Cortellini provided narration for a series of 3-D videos showing clinical cases that were treated utilising GUIDOR. Dental professionals can find out more about Sunstar and the GUIDOR symposium at www.guidor.com/europerio9. EuroPerio9 attendees can find Sunstar at Booth 10.09.

Tags: Guided Bone Regeneration, matrix barrier, periodontology, regenerative surgery

Soft and Hard Tissue Augmentation in Combination with Orthodontic Treatment: Expanding the limits of Orthodontics and Boosting the Multidisciplinary Treatments.

The webinar will focus on the indications of regenerative orthodontics. Dr. Brugnami will present the use of different techniques and discuss the selection of biomaterials based on their properties.

Anatomy of the jaws and of the alveolar process is one of the major limitations of the orthodontic treatment. Long-term periodontal side effects of orthodontics have been in fact demonstrated by clinical and radiological studies if these limits are not respected. Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Treatment (SFOT) aka corticotomy, has been known to significantly reduce the total treatment time of orthodontic therapy but it is not able to help in modifying the alveolar anatomy. Only when regenerative biomaterials and techniques are added to corti-cotomy and both in combination with orthodontic movements we are capable to ex-pand the bony basis and augment the hard and soft components of the periodonti-um. We are then looking at the “Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodon-tics (PAOO ®) or regenerative orthodontics and the focus of the technique will be shifting from the speed to the ability to regenerate bone and the soft tis-sues while moving teeth.

This course will focus on the indications of regenerative orthodontics to expand the limits of safe orthodontic treatment and the scope of traditional orthodontics. It will also discuss the use of orthodontics to increase the regenerative potential in multidisciplinary treatments. Corticotomy with regenerative procedures offers many clinical advantages: due to the ability to expand the bony basis and the alveolar regeneration, it may, in fact, eliminate the need for dental extractions in many patients, reduce risks of periodontal damages, change the periodontal biotype and even modify lower third of face. This surgical technique has evolved and there are now several variations including the flapless approach (Piezocision®), the single flap approach (SFC, Single Flap Corticotomy) and the most innovative tunnel approach. A correct selection of the regenerative materials such as cerabone® and mucoderm® based on the biological properties will enhance the clinical result of this revolutionary technique.


Objectives Learning
The follower of the webinar will become aware of the importance of this technique in modern orthodontics and in multidisciplinary treatments. They will become also exposed to indications and application of the different techniques and the selection of different material based on their properties.

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