With the goal of blending science and clinical reality, Saturday’s Annual Meeting programming will feature speakers who will be catalyzed to present the latest evidence-based advances in clinical practice and the science underpinning implant dentistry. Sessions will include:

Saturday Morning Plenary Session
Saturday morning’s plenary assembly will begin with an original concept entitled, “Complete Edentulism through the Life Stages.” Steven Lewis, DMD will moderate four experts discussing the same indication but from the perspective of different clinical situations: before 10 years of age, and then from the viewpoint of at 30, 60 and 90 years of age.

Can narrow implants be used in the posterior maxillary and mandibular regions to replace premolars and molars? Can the use of narrow implants eliminate the need for grafting in certain circumstances? During “Narrow Implants: A Reliable Solution?” Saturday morning, Dr. Patrick Palacci will examine the literature to answer these questions and more to determine exactly where small-diameter dental implants can be used and whether they are a predictable treatment option.

According to Dr. Palacci, with whom AO CONNECT staff recently had the opportunity to speak with to provide a preview of his presentation, narrow implants have been designed for treatment of the anterior maxillary and mandibular regions mainly for the replacement of lower incisors, but not for the replacement of premolars and molars. “Narrow implants can be used in almost every area, except the posterior maxilla/mandibula with a limited bone height. The use of narrow implants is a safe and reliable technique with no problems in relation to function and esthetics,” he concluded.

Following a break in the plenary session schedule, “Current Thought in Implant Biomechanics,” designed for an audience of both surgical and prosthetic orientations, will be moderated by AO Immediate Past President, Michael Norton, BDS, FDS, RCS(Ed). Room location: Ballroom AB.

Lunch with the Masters
An institution of its Annual Meetings, the Academy’s Lunch with the Masters series is being brought back by popular demand – and in demand they are! These sessions offer attendees to interact directly with global implant dentistry experts in smaller groups with lunch sessions to allow for a more personal forum for indepth discussions. Most of these limited attendance, ticketed sessions are sold out!

TEAM Program
Involving all members of the team is a best practice approach frequently prescribed by the Academy. Diane Daubert, RDH, MS, PhD, will moderate the TEAM program featuring topics that cover what you want your team members to know about dental implants. To be held in Room 146A.

Laboratory Technician Program
Robert F. Faulkner, DDS, will moderate this day of special concurrent programming for laboratory technicians, located in Room 146B.

Closing Symposium: Managing Clinical Complexity
The 2019 Meeting will conclude with an excellent Closing Symposium entitled: “Managing Clinical Complexity,” developed in the spirit of Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark’s principle that ‘a good treatment must be simple, affordable and available. This final session be held in Ballroom AB, immediately following the Annual Business Meeting.

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

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