Friday of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) Annual Meeting traditionally provides a day chock-full of programming and 2019 is no exception.

No matter which session you choose, each one of these impressive lecturers will drive home the 2019 theme of “Current Factors in Clinical Excellence.” Please see the 2019 Program Guide, or even better yet, check all the AO Annual Meeting mobile app, available via ‘AO 365’ to preview full descriptions, times and locations of all sessions.

Concurrent Surgical and Prosthetic Tracks, including ’10 Years After’
To answer questions that all clinicians ask themselves, no matter their specialty, Friday programming will feature concurrent Surgical and Prosthetic tracks, each beginning with their respective ’10 Years After’ plenary sessions. Moderators for ’10 Years After’ will include: Edward Sevetz, Jr., DMD for the Surgical track and Stephen Parel, DDS for the Prosthetic track.

AO CONNECT staff recently had the opportunity to speak with one of the ’10 Years After’ speakers to provide a preview of their sessions, including Dr. Terry Walton who will present “10 Years After: To Splint or Not to Splint Adjacent Implants?” during today’s Prosthetic Track.

According to Dr. Walton, splinting of adjacent implants in segmental tooth replacement has been a controversial issue. In contrast to full implant-supported fixed prostheses, where splinted implants are accepted as means of support, in segmental reconstructions involving two or three adjacent implants there is a tendency to equate implants to natural teeth.

“Unless specifically indicated due to pathologic mobility, it is accepted that restored natural teeth should not be splinted for both biological and mechanical considerations. Ease of hygiene and good marginal fit of prostheses are more predictable around nonsplinted teeth,” said Dr. Walton, who is in specialist prosthodontist practice in Sydney and holds the title of Professor Affiliate in Clinical Dentistry at the University of Sydney.

“We would like it so when attendees leave the meeting, they can apply some techniques and protocols or ways they can manage their offices when they return on Monday morning,” summarizes Dr. Franck Renouard, 2019 Annual Program Chair.

Following their respective plenary sessions, each of the tracks’ programming will return to the science that underpins implant dentistry featuring sessions on peri-implant bone biology.

Morning with the Masters
One way AO’s Annual Meetings deliver on its international reputation for organizing the most inspiring and cutting-edge educational programming in the world of implant dentistry is via its Morning with the Masters series. Available only at the Annual Meeting, these limited-attendance, ticketed sessions provide a more personal forum that encourage questions and answers from more indepth discussions about clinical specifics and details.

2019 President’s Reception: A complimentary landmark AO event!
Complimentary to all registered attendees, this landmark AO event will be held tonight at the National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  Don’t miss out seeing this preeminent Smithsonian museum first hand while networking with your colleagues. Shuttle busses begin departing at 6:45 pm from the convention hotels. Name badges must be worn.

Portions of this article were first published by Perio-Implant Advisory. Reprinted with permission of PennWell Media. All rights reserved.

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