With 10,000 people expected to register for EuroPerio9 in Amsterdam in June, there will be 10,000 individual reasons for attending.
However, the periodontists, hygienists, and other dental professionals who will go the congress will be united in their desire to learn about the latest in the world of periodontal science and clinical practice, and there are several key sessions that stand out as major attractions.
The EuroPerio9 ambassadors – the representatives in each EFP-affiliated national society of periodontology who play a key role in promoting the event – were asked to highlight their own reasons for wanting to go to EuroPerio 9. The following three sessions were repeatedly mentioned:
News from the World Workshop (June 22): The formal presentation to the global periodontal and dental community of the new classification system for periodontal and peri-implant diseases, developed at last November’s AAP/EFP World Workshop on Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions.
Kristina Bertl (EuroPerio9 ambassador, Austria) said that she was “curious what will be changed in the new classification and how peri-implantitis will be included,” while Moritz Kebschull (Germany) said that this session would be “critical for everybody in dentistry to understand the latest developments in the periodontitis/peri-implantitis classification.”
Peter Harrison (Ireland) added that this session provided “an opportunity to overview the discussions, changes, and rationale behind changes in classification of periodontal diseases. The decisions of the World Workshop will impact on everyday dental and periodontal practice, so this session will offer an invaluable insight into a topic of major importance.”
For Ines Faria (Portugal), “in daily practice there is sometimes considerable difficulty to fit cases into the current classification. I think that this will be an interesting and very pertinent discussion.”
Caroline Fouque Deruelle (France) said that “everybody is really waiting for this for a long time – it will be a very exciting session.”
The “nightmare” session (June 23): Mario Roccuzzo, Giulio Rasperini, Jean-Louis Giovannoli, and Caroline Fouque Deruelle will explore treatments that went badly – in periodontal plastic surgery, regenerative surgery, and in the treatment of peri-implantitis.
As William Papaioannou (Greece) puts it, “We are inundated by talks of wonderful results in therapy, but we all know that in reality we have many unwanted results – and even failures – to handle. What do we do when these occur?”
Natasa Nikolic-Jakoba (Serbia) said that this session would be “interesting to see the treatment failures, and the ways to solve them”, while Eva Skaleric (Slovenia) emphasised that “it is important to also see cases that weren't successfully treated.”
The global threat of antibacterial resistance: Adjunctive systemic antibiotics (June 21): a debate on the use of adjunctive systemic antimicrobials between David Herrera (Spain) and Andrea Mombelli (Switzerland) chaired by Björn Klinge (Sweden).
As Tati Chackartchi (Israel) noted, “this is a ‘hot’ topic in global medicine”, while for Kristina Bertl (Austria), “Antibiotics and antibacterial resistance is always an interesting topic and, considering the speakers, it will for sure be an entertaining debate.”
In the view of William Papaioannou (Greece), “Antibiotics in the treatment of periodontal disease is one of the most misunderstood and wrongfully prescribed therapy. So, where do we stand now?”
Other sessions highlighted by the ambassadors included the Perio Talks session with EFP Alumni, Live Surgery, and the master clinician/periodontal specialist forum.
Reasons to register
Asked to sum up the reasons why EuroPerio9 is important, the ambassadors gave a wide range of replies, including:
- “It is the centre of all things perio in the world.” (Moritz Kebschull, Germany).
- “Periodontologists from all over the world will be at this EuroPerio.” (Rovshan Mammadov, Azerbaijan).
- “It is ‘the’ conference and you only get a chance once every three years.” (Peter Garmyn, Belgium).
- “It represents the embodiment of the art and science of periodontology.” (William Papaioannou, Greece)
- “EuroPerio9 offers an unparalleled range of speakers and depth of subject matter for periodontists and allied professionals to build on their knowledge and enhance their daily practice.” (Peter Harrison, Ireland).
- “It is an excellent opportunity to update your knowledge on latest innovations and practices in periodontology.” (Anne Gussgard, Norway)
- “EuroPerio9 is a top-grade scientific meeting which spreads the updated knowledge of periodontal and peri-implant diseases in a way that improves our clinical practice.” (Natasa Nikolic-Jakoba, Serbia)
- “EuroPerio9 is important for me because I believe it will make me a better periodontist.” (Eva Skaleric, Slovenia).
- “It is an opportunity to see and hear something new in periodontal science.” (Daniil Neyzberg, Russia).
- “It’s the most important event in the world of periodontology and dentistry.” (Tali Chackartchi, Israel).
- “This is the biggest perio meeting in the world, and you can learn from the greatest names in the field (Goran Zuric, Croatia).
- “You can learn the latest from the greatest.” (Bálint Molnár, Hungary).
“Early bird” registration for EuroPerio9 ends on March 14.