Modern strategies for perio and aesthetics provide focus for Austrian perio society’s winter symposium
ParoKnowledge Winter Symposium
The Austrian Society of Periodontology (ÖGP) holds a winter symposium from December 4 to 6, in which leading experts address the subject of ‘Perio and aesthetics – modern strategies’.
“The field of periodontology is constantly broadening – in diagnostics, therapeutics and interdisciplinary cooperation,” said Corinna Bruckmann, the society’s secretary general.
“Thus, we find divergent positions in treatment modalities: from extremely conservative approaches to highly sophisticated surgical interventions. The ÖGP tries to bring these views together and to make the modern spectrum of periodontology more visible.”
The symposium programme features presentations by Prof Christoph Dörfer (University of Kiel, Germany) and Dr Wolfgang Westermann (a periodontist with a private practice in Emsdetten, Germany), who report on tooth preservation and tooth survival rates compared to implants, showing cases with 30 years of documentation to highlight the reliability of tooth preservation.
Dr Michael Stimmelmayr (University of Munich) addresses the question of mucogingival surgery, which Dr Bruckmann emphasised was “not only applicable and important for aesthetic reasons, but also for stability around teeth and longevity of implants.”
The winter symposium also features four simultaneous workshops which focus on: modern hard-tissue management in dental implantology; the ‘Zurich concept’ for optimising the implant-abutment interface to avoid inflammatory peri-implant diseases; the possibilities and limitations of antimicrobial agents; and how preventive measures can be successfully delegated.
The symposium takes place in Kitzbühel, a small mediaeval town in the Tyrol, just as the ski season opens and organisers said that there would be a “convivial atmosphere” with time for relaxed discussions and socialising.
“We tried to keep this meeting very small to guarantee a personal atmosphere,” explained Bruckmann. “Kitzbühel in wintertime is an amazing experience and it is a unique possibility this year to combine ski, fun, and Christmas markets with a professional meeting.”
The social programme features a “relaxed get-together in a skiing hut” on Friday evening, a gala dinner on the Saturday, and a “fireside chat” on Sunday “where speakers, participants and representatives from the industry and media partners can discuss together.”
Further information is available from the ÖGP’s website, www.oegp.at.