The Annual Meeting of the Irish Society of Periodontology (ISP) held 20 to 21 October 2023 in Dublin was a success, bringing together over 40 specialists in the field for an enriching and informative event. The highlight of the meeting was the keynote address by Prof. Giulio Rasperini, who led discussions on the "Evolution of techniques in periodontal regeneration," with a particular emphasis on interproximal attachment gain.
ISP president, Dr Richard Lee-Kin remarked: "Our annual meeting this year exceeded our expectations in terms of knowledge sharing and professional development. We were honoured to have Prof. Giulio Rasperini as our keynote speaker. His insights added immense value to our members' expertise. The hands-on course on papilla preservation surgical techniques was an excellent addition, providing our members with practical skills they can implement in their daily practice."
The programme for the event was carefully designed to encompass a wide range of topics, ensuring that attendees received a comprehensive update on the latest developments in periodontology. The lectures covered various essential aspects of periodontal care, from foundational principles to advanced surgical techniques and materials. Here's a glimpse of the programme:
- Periodontal foundations and treatment protocols: delving into fundamentals of periodontology, emphasising the treatment of inflammation with protocols such as Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT), one-stage full-mouth disinfection, antibiotic use indications, and maintenance protocols.
- Mucogingival Procedures: the second lecture focused on mucogingival procedures, providing detailed insights into techniques like the coronally advanced flap in single and multiple recessions, the lateral flap, and the tunnelling technique. The discussion also included biomaterials, growth factors, and connective tissue harvesting from the palate.
- Periodontal Regeneration: the third and fourth lectures were dedicated to periodontal regeneration. These sessions explored the evolution of surgical techniques and biomaterials, introducing the new concept of simultaneous treatment of soft and hard tissue. Attendees learned about innovative approaches aimed at regenerating the interproximal attachment and the papillae.
The event was not only a platform for academic growth but also for building camaraderie and fostering networking opportunities among the society's members. A delightful dinner and drinks gathering enhanced the overall experience, further strengthening the sense of community within the Irish Society of Periodontology.
The ISP Annual Meeting continues to be a cornerstone event for periodontal specialists in Ireland, ensuring they stay at the forefront of the latest advancements in their field.
Next year’s event is set to take place on 24 and 25 October 2024.