Recap of the ADF Conference 2017 21 December 2017
Recap of the ADF Conference 2017
I had the pleasure and honour of sitting on the scientific committee and leading the Implantology discipline at the latest ADF Conference, which took place at the Palais des Congrès in Paris from 28th November until 2nd December.
A human experience, one so exceptional as it brought together a body of professionals in other disciplines. Such a rarely-seen event that gave us the chance to take stock of the therapeutic enhancements and abundance existing in odontology.
The seamless and continuous involvement of all those responsible for Implantology sessions and the national and international speakers knew no bounds, meaning they gave of their very best so that the conference and this discipline, in particular, was a huge success.
We feel we succeeded in the challenge of meeting our colleagues' expectations, regardless of their level of involvement in this speciality.
Beginners were certainly made aware of the history shaped over almost 30 years, as well as the developments seen in this field since Prof. P.I. Brånemark and his team published their first studies at the end of the seventies. Furthermore, beginners were able to acquire the basics when choosing an implant placement system through an objective analysis of surgical and prosthetic requirements.
The session on treatment plans, allowed general practitioners to experience an encounter between the different expert teams and analyse more or less complex situations in the posterior and anterior sectors. While at the same time, they experienced and certainly liked the two approaches to implant placement and delayed loading presented by two prominent international figures.
In terms of specialists, they were solicited through the process of live retromolar surgery, brilliantly led by their author, as well as a session on the surface condition associated with peri-implantitis given by two leading names from Sweden and Italy, each with a plethora of wide-ranging experience and perspectives.
The time spent on practical work on guided bone regeneration and the management of the healing process gave all implantology practitioners the chance to sharpen and broaden their knowledge due to quick application of this information.
Preventing peri-implantitis concerns us all and the session on this subject went far beyond its aims.
Finally, we concluded our sessions with digital technology, an essential tool in our daily workflow. This session was delivered by a talented and passionate team. They guided us through a review of digital optimisation with current data which will undoubtedly change very quickly in the near future.
I can't let this opportunity pass without mentioning our evening dedicated to both the conference and Prof. Torsten Jemt, who, through his rich, extensive and unique experience, delivered a very subtle analysis of the complex factors contributing to the success and failure of our implants.
And let me finish on that nostalgic point drawn upon at the end of this exceptional and unique experience, which we will fortunately have the chance to relive on other occasions, to share the passion that brings us together and encourages us every day to continuously broaden and improve our knowledge for to further patient care.