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New cycle of JCP Digest starts with insight on use of shorter implants for atrophied posterior maxillas

The latest issue of the EFP’s research summary, JCP Digest 01, is now available for reading and download in PDF format, offering a concise account of research into the use of short (6mm) dental implants in patients with atrophied posterior maxilla.

JCP Digest 01 (2015:42) begins a new cycle of digested accounts of research published in the EFP’s flagship scientific publication the Journal of Clinical Periodontology (JCP). It is the first of 12 issues which summarise research published in the JCP during 2015 and follows the first cycle of a dozen issues devoted to research published in 2014.

The treatment of the posterior maxilla with a limited ridge height remains a challenge for clinicians. The most common technique in use today is the sinus-floor elevation procedure, which increases the ridge’s vertical dimension to enable the placement of dental implants. 

There are high complication rates and morbidity associated with this procedure, so the use of shorter dental implants has been proposed.

The aim of the study, conducted by researchers in Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Spain, and the US, was to test whether or not the use of short dental implants (6 mm) results in similar implant survival rates to long implants (11-15 mm) in combination with sinus grafting.

The study, which was published in full in the January edition of the JCP, concluded that shorter dental implants were suitable for implant therapy in the atrophied posterior maxilla and had three advantages: reduced patient morbidity, shorter treatment times, and lower costs for patients.

The original paper was written by Daniel Thoma, Robert Haas, Marcin Tutak, Abel Garcá, Gian Pietro Schincaglia, and Christoph Hammerle.

It was précised for the JCP Digest by students at the Postgraduate Programme of Periodontology at the Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centre, Jerusalem, working under the director of their director Prof Moshe Goldstein.

Every month, the EFP publishes a digest of a highly relevant research paper from the JCP. Access all the published editions of JCP Digest here.

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EFP News issue 4
Latest issue of quarterly bulletin EFP News, with special report on EuroPerio8, available for download

The latest issue of the EFP’s quarterly bulletin EFP News is now available for reading and download from the EFP website.

The eight-page publication, in pdf format, contains a special report on EuroPerio8, along with news of other key events that took place in recent months.

These include the visit by an EFP delegation to the European Parliament, the EFP’s joining a key European initiative on chronic diseases, and the launch of the Prevention Workshop website, prevention.efp.org.

Other articles cover the documentary film The Sound of Periodontitis, which gives voice to perio patients and which was premiered at EuroPerio8, and the revamped 'EFP Interviews' section of the website, where perio pioneers talk about their work.

The summer issue of EFP News and all three previous issues can be viewed at and downloaded from the Publications section of the EFP website.

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Hungarian Society offers training course on prosthetic solutions ahead of ParoImplant conference

The Hungarian Society of Periodontology is holding a course on prosthetic solutions and soft-tissue management, using the Astra Tech dental-implant system.

The course, which takes place on October 16, includes a practical session which involves individualised impression-taking techniques and approaches to soft-tissue management. It follows a course on September 11 on resective and regenerative periodontal surgical techniques. 

On November 20 and 21, the Hungarian Society will celebrate the eighth annual ParoImplant Conference, an event that it organises jointly with the Hungarian Association of Implant Dentistry.

The conference, at the Árkövy Hall in the Educational Centre of the Faculty of Dentistry at Semmelweis University in Budapest, features lectures from Hungarian and international speakers, live surgical demonstrations, and hands-on training.

Its target audience is periodontists and postgraduate students with dental degrees who are training to become periodontists or who have an interest in periodontology.

"The Hungarian Society of Periodontology is dedicated to organising academic-level postgraduate education programmes for general practitioners, periodontists and dental-implant specialists,” said Peter Windisch, head of the Department of Periodontology at Semmelweis University Budapest and president of the Hungarian Society of Periodontology.

“The ParoImplant Congress is the yearly assembly of our society, with a special topic each year in the field of periodontology and implant dentistry. The event is also supported by the Hungarian Society of Implant Dentistry, and this year we would like to emphasise the clinical importance of implant prosthetics in relation to peri-implant and periodontal health;” explained Prof Windisch.

For more information, please see the Hungarian Society’s website.

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