AO Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting: A Preview From the Presenters
With a focus on multidisciplinary evidence-based implant dentistry, and the latest surgical, prosthetic and laboratory technologies, the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, will feature AO member presenters from leading university programs along the east coast.
To be held at the Gaylord Resort & Conference Center in scenic National Harbor, MD, the program will consist of two hands-on workshops on Friday, September 14, plus a full-day program on Saturday, September 15 featuring AO member presenters from top university programs along the east coast.
Kicking off the full-day main program on the 15th will be Edgard El Chaar, DDS, MS, director of Postgraduate Periodontics Specialty Program at New York University. His presentation will be entitled, “Innovative Strategies and Techniques in Ridge Augmentation.”
Dr. El Chaar states the ridge augmentation procedure and Implant dentistry have evolved over the years and become a corner stone in the treatment plan. With that, a widespread of practitioners have embarked on this journey raising the bar in demand and complications requiring a newer more creative thinking to fulfill the challenges. With the advent of technologies and material, a more predictable result is achievable in this ever-changing environment.
“A practitioner involved in implant dentistry, and bone regeneration in particular, needs predictability in rendering treatment. I will be sharing the latest innovation that I have introduced based on sound biological foundation helping you render a more predictable regenerative outcome. With that, biology always wins,” said Dr. El Chaar.
Thomas Taylor, DDS, MSD, head of the Department of Reconstructive Sciences at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, will follow Dr. El Chaar with his presentation on “Occlusion and Dental Implants – What Gives?”
“I’m looking forward to spending some time with folks who are interested in what factors dictate long-term success and failure in dental implants. There is so much myth and misconception out there that could be dangerous in the wrong situation. I hope to shed some light on what occlusal factors are important and which are not so important,” said Dr. Taylor.
According to Dr. Taylor, the biomechanical basis for implant component design has evolved dramatically since the early days of implant dentistry. Changes in thread profile, surface treatment, materials, connector configurations and many other aspects have improved the strength, stability and esthetic outcome of implant supported restorations.
Unfortunately, many of the assumptions dentists and dental implant manufacturers continue to work under are not based on scientific evidence and may, in fact, be erroneous. Issues such as axial vs. nonaxial loading, progressive loading, occlusal overload and occlusion related bone loss are areas of concern to the dentist who places and/or restores dental implants and will be the topic of Dr. Taylor’s review.
In next month’s issue of AO CONNECT, we will continue our preview of presenters at AO’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting. Space is limited. REGISTER HERE by August 19, 2018 to take advantage of the advance registration discount (https://osseo.org/2018-regional-meeting/)!