The renowned workshop involved 75 invited academics and researchers in periodontology and oral surgery not only from Europe, but also North and South America, as well as Australia and Asia.
It had three specific objectives:
- To describe the biology of bone regeneration and the regenerative technologies used in bone-regenerative interventions in the oral cavity;
- To evaluate the evidence on the efficacy of interventions aimed at treating extraction sockets;
- To evaluate the evidence on the efficacy of interventions aimed at regenerating alveolar-ridge defects.
The workshop was chaired by Professor Mariano Sanz (EFP) and Professor Christer Dahlin (Osteology Foundation) and participants were organised into four working groups. Working group 1 (co-chairs Tord Berglundh and William Giannoble) covered biological factors involved in alveolar bone regeneration.
Working group 2 (Mariano Sanz and Christer Dahlin) explored biomaterials and regenerative technologies. Working group 3 (Maurizio Tonetti and Ronald Jung) tackled the treatment of the extraction sockets. And working group 4 (Frank Schwarz and Søren Jepsen) discussed the regeneration of alveolar-ridge defects.
The different topics were discussed intensively over 2.5 days on the basis of scientific reviews that were prepared in advance. The workshop’s outcome and working documents, including clinical recommendations, open research questions, the review papers, as well as of course the consensus statements itself, will later be published in a special open-access supplement of the EFP’s Journal of Clinical Periodontology.
The Osteology Foundation is very proud to have been selected as partner for an EFP Workshop already for the second time and thanks all partners and collaborators for the great work and organisation put in to it.