The first of seven EuroPerio Series online educational sessions took place on 13 September, when a trio of expert clinicians highlighted current techniques in bone regeneration and looked at promising technologies for the future.
“This session covered a very pertinent clinical problem we face frequently in the clinic: the presence of severely resorbed alveolar ridges that are not amenable for implant placement unless vertical bone augmentation interventions are carried out,” explained session chair Mariano Sanz (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and co-chair of the EFP Workshop Committee).
One key issue highlighted by this first EuroPerio Series session was the predictability of the various surgical techniques and regenerative technologies used in vertical bone augmentation. Can they be performed predictability in standard clinical practice, or do they require the expert hands of highly experienced clinicians?
The online session, Bone regeneration – the present faces the future: a conversation between the present and the future, featured presentations from three leading clinicians.
First, Istvan Urban demonstrated what can be achieved today in terms of excellent clinical results using well-researched technologies and explained the importance of the surgical techniques. Dr Urban has a private practice in Budapest, Hungary, and teaches in the USA at Loma Linda University and the University of Michigan.
Then the focus turned to future technologies which may help improve the predictability and accessibility of this kind of intervention.
Cecilie Gjerde, a researcher at the University of Bergen in Norway who specialises in stem cells and tissue regeneration, showed how predictable results can be achieved using autologous mesenchymal cells and synthetic bone replacement grafts.
And then Sašo Ivanovski – Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Queensland in Australia, professor of periodontology and director of the university’s Centre for Orofacial Regeneration, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (COR3) – demonstrated how the use of customised scaffolds doped with biological cues may improve the outcomes of bone regeneration.
Commenting on the relevance of the session, Prof Sanz said: “I am certain these future technological advances will attract a lot of attention from clinicians even if they are not today readily available for clinical use.”
Access to the EuroPerio Series sessions – for both live and on-demand viewing – is free for people who have already registered and paid for the EuroPerio10 congress, which takes place in Copenhagen from June 15 to 18, 2022.
Registration for each individual session of the EuroPerio Series costs €35. Registration for all seven sessions costs €195 (a 20% discount on booking for individual sessions). Registration fees include 25% VAT. The registration fee includes participation in the virtual scientific programme, a certificate of attendance, and on-demand access to the recordings.
The EuroPerio Series sessions take place on the second Monday of every month, from 18:00 to 20:00 (CET). The second session, on October 11, will explore orthodontic treatment in patients with Stage IV periodontitis.
Taster for EuroPerio10
The first EuroPerio Series session offered a taster of what attendees will experience at next year’s EuroPerio10. All the participants in the session will be speaking on related topics at the congress, which takes place in Copenhagen on June 15-18.
Istvan Urban will give a presentation on vertical bone integration in the posterior mandible in the debate session following live, Cecilie Gjerde will discuss the use of mesenchymal stem cells and synthetic biomaterials in oral bone regeneration, and Sašo Ivanovski will speak on the use of customised scaffolds in oral bone regeneration and on soft-tissue integration.
Mariano Sanz will chair the session “Advanced approaches in bone regeneration: the future” in which he will also speak about the use of cell therapies in oral bone regeneration.