“Evolving Technologies in Implant Dentistry” is the theme of the Academy’s 35th Annual Meeting to be held March 18 – 21, 2020 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.

The 2020 Annual Meeting will be to take a near future perspective of technology that is successful for clinicians that they can incorporate into their practices right away. The goal is to invite experts in technology from all over the world to share different methodologies that may improve outcomes or streamline dental implant therapy for patients, and discuss technology that is current, cutting edge and available to clinicians.

“My goal will be for clinicians to walk away from the meeting with techniques and methodologies that may have been sitting on the sidelines that weren’t incorporated into their practices but maybe now they’ll feel more comfortable doing that after the meeting,” says Dr. Craig Misch, 2020 Annual Meeting Program Chair.

Programming for the 2020 Annual Meeting will include surgical and prosthetic tracks. The surgical track will include virtual planning and guided surgery, and new advances in bone augmentation methods. The prosthetic track will present digital prosthetic dentistry, as well as new technology in prosthetics with new materials.

With a theme of innovation in technology, the Opening Symposium will feature Keynote Speaker Dr. Catherine Mohr, inventor of the DiVinchi Robot System presenting how technology has impacted medicine. Dr. Dennis Turnow will moderate the Closing Symposium that will discuss minimally invasive versus reconstructive approaches to implant dentistry.

Plenary sessions will include treatment planning decisions, and continuation of AO’s ever-popular Morning with the Masters and Lunch with the Masters sessions.

In conclusion, Dr. Misch says, “I consider the AO Annual Meeting the pinnacle of all of implant dentistry conferences. It is a great opportunity to hear from the ‘crème de la crème’ in the field presenting on cutting edge technologies and providing evidence-based solutions to how we manage our patients in clinical practice. It’s also a chance to meet and share our passion with other specialists and general dentists and learn from each other.”

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