Israeli perio society’s annual meeting put focus on biology and technology
JCP editor Maurizio Tonetti addressing the meeting of the Israeli perio society
The Israeli Society of Periodontology and Osseointegration (ISPO) held a well-attended annual meeting on February 1 and 2, at which leading national and international speakers addressed the topic of “biology alongside technology.”
Speakers addressed the importance of adhering to biological principles at a time when there are so many new technologies available in the dental field.
“We are facing the invasion of new technologies and the knowledge base is often given by the commercial companies themselves,” said Tali Chackartchi, president of the Israeli perio society. “We are swept up by our enthusiasm to adopt these new instruments and technologies, almost to the extent of neglecting the basic biological concepts we were educated upon.”
In this context, the Tel Aviv meeting looked at the reality behind the promise of new technologies such as laser therapy, custom-made bone blocks, guided implant placement, CAD-CAM technologies, implant therapy and more.
Maurizio Tonetti, editor of the EFP’s Journal of Clinical Periodontology, addressed the meeting on the topics of evolution in periodontal prognosis and the treatment of multirooted teeth affected by very severe lesions and how to change the prognosis of “hopeless” teeth.
Fellow Italian Pierpaolo Cortellini discussed the issue of the severely compromised tooth in periodontal patients and when periodontal therapy is a better alternative than implants. He addressed the challenge which dentists and periodontists face of whether to treat such teeth or extract them and replace them with implants.
Lior Shapira, professor and chair of the department of periodontology at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem and deputy chair of the EFP’s scientific affairs committee, spoke about the evolution of the digital world of dentistry, with a focus on implantology and bone grafting.
Daniel Buser, professor and chairman of the department of oral surgery at the University of Bern in Switzerland, shared his experience regarding the timing of implant placement post-extraction in the aesthetic zone, and its influence on the predictability of aesthetic outcomes.
The other speakers at the event were: Irena Sailer, Paolo Trizi, Ayala Stabholz, Ami Smidt, Yael Huri-Hadad, Eitan Miziritski,Yuval Zuberi, Shlomo Via, and Cobi Landsberg.
“The clear message running through all the lectures was that when these fields are critically examined, only a vague advantage can be pointed out,” said Dr Chackartchi. “We should strive to save teeth by all means possible, because the natural resource can give the greatest advantage.”
The two-day meeting was attended by 550 participants, of which approximately 80 per cent were specialists in periodontology, oral surgery, and prosthodontics. There was also an exhibition with 47 individual booths, involving 35 different companies.
The second day also involved the general assembly of the society, which has a total of 174 members. The assembly nominated Dr Chackartchi as president, elected Yaniv Mayer as treasurer, and thanked past president Orly Nir Shapira for her service on the board.