The novel concept of the Osteology UK Symposium included that participants could choose two of the three workshops by Professor Nikolaos Donos, Professor Giovanni Zucchelli, and PD Dr. Daniel Thoma. The three renowned experts were also speakers in the programme under the chairmanship of Christer Dahlin.
Live on THE BOX
The symposium had been sold out already for quite a while. To make the excellent lectures available not only to the 140 participants, who were able to attend, the morning programme was streamed live on THE BOX, allowing every dentist worldwide to watch the lectures live and to submit questions via THE BOX. And even better: the recorded livestream can still be watched online on THE BOX at https://box.osteology.org/Symposia/PublicSymposium?symposiaId=17#stream
Muco-gingival surgery and the importance
Nikolaos Donos started the programme with an extensive introduction into mucogingival surgery, followed by Giovanni Zuccelli, who discussed in his presentation which technique should be used for which recession. He explained that the treatment of gingival recessions has become an important therapeutic issue due to the increasing number of cosmetic request from patients. Very often the most coronal millimetre of the root exposure is the only visible part of the recession when smiling, therefore the presence and/or the persistence after therapy, even of a shallow recession may be an aesthetic problem for the patient, and thus, complete root coverage, up to the cemento-enamel junction, is the goal to be achieved when patients complain about the aesthetic appearance.
Autogenous tissue or alternatives?
Daniel Thoma, the third speaker in the morning, discussed whether autogenous soft tissue grafts are still needed. He explained, that treatment strategies using implants in the aesthetic zone are complex and long-term stability of functional and aesthetic outcomes rely on healthy biological conditions. Clinical data suggest that hard tissue regeneration is responsible for roughly 60% and soft tissue augmentation for roughly 40% of the final volume at implant sites. This underlines the importance of adding a soft tissue grafting procedure to provide healthy peri-implant tissues and favourable aesthetics. Consequently, the number of soft tissue grafting procedures is increasing. Autogenous soft tissue transplants are considered to be the gold standard. However, recently developed collagen-based soft tissue substitutes provide similar outcomes with respect to soft tissue volume, but are associated with less morbidity and complications than autogenous grafts, thereby offering significant benefits for patients and clinicians.
A new educational initiative
Nikolaos Donos also announced in the programme a new educational initiative of the Osteology Foundation, which will be launched by the end of 2018: The National Osteology Group UK & Ireland, or in short NOG UK & IRL. It will be a blended learning concept, comprising webinars on THE BOX, lectures as well as practical courses. Further information will be announced soon, Donos explained, but he invited the audience to already sign up on THE BOX to make sure that they get the information as soon as it is available.