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Hürzeler / Zuhr Master Class 4: Cutting Edge Implant Therapy – The Essence of New Methods
Few innovations over the last 50 years have changed dentistry as much as the introduction of dental implants to replace lost or missing teeth. Modern dental treatment concepts without implants are hardly conceivable today. Still, it is becoming increasingly clear that implant dentistry will face major challenges in the next few years: Although reports of high medium-term survival rates initially made it appear that osseointegrated implants would remain in the patient's mouth for a lifetime in most cases, current cross-sectional studies have changed that outlook. A significant proportion of implant patients are clearly at risk of developing long-term biological complications in the form of peri-implant disease, including peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. These are serious problems as hardly any predictable, scientific evidence-based, tried-and-tested treatments are currently available. Against this background, there appears to be an urgent need for extensive rethinking.
More than ever before, implant manufacturers are under enormous pressure to innovate in order to survive in a highly competitive market. The importance of critically scrutinizing supposed advances and innovations cannot be stressed enough, especially with regard to their possible long-term biological complications. Past research and training in implant dentistry often focused on technical aspects, such as cutting, drilling and screw insertion. In the future, it will be helpful to remember some of the benefits of past dental standards and practices while striving to develop sustainable strategies that ensure the complication-free management of dental implant patients so as to reliably prevent implant loss over the years, in spite of increasing life expectancy.
Another clear scientific trend today is that patient reviews are increasingly becoming the instrument by which medical interventions, treatment protocols, and treatment outcomes are rated, particularly in terms of morbidity and cost-benefit ratio. Although implant dentistry has had some success in recent years, there is still a lot of catching up to do. In particular, there is a need develop treatment protocols that result in fewer surgical procedures, shorter treatment times and less treatment complexity for the benefit of the patient.
Based on this premise, we will try to shine some light in the jungle of supposed advances in implantology in the scope of this course module. In interactive discussions and group activities, we examine the latest advances in implantology together with course participants in order to identify and discuss in detail those that can truly improve treatment outcomes in dental implant patients. These activities will focus on digital technologies and their potential to make dental implant treatment protocols safer, more predictable and, above all, simpler for patients.
The prevention, diagnosis and treatment of peri-implant diseases are the central themes of this three-day course. Based on the guiding principle of biologically driven implant placement, we will discuss clinical issues which, from today's perspective, must be taken into account in dental implant planning and treatment for optimal prevention of peri-implant diseases in the future. Participants will focus on learning surgical techniques for establishing sufficiently thick keratinized and fixed peri-implant mucosa in a wide range of clinical situations in well-supervised hands-on training exercises and live surgeries.