The latest technology to help prepare the ideal placement of implants will be explored at the EFP’s Perio Master Clinic 2023, which takes place in Antwerp on March 3 and 4.
The first session on Saturday, March 4 will focus on digital tools in orthodontic treatment that can avoid or decrease the risk of periodontal complications and prepare the ideal three-dimensional positioning of the implant.
Tali Chackartchi (Israel) will give a presentation on evaluating and modifying the periodontal phenotype prior to orthodontic treatment, in which she will highlight the role of orthodontics in improving aesthetics and, in cases of malocclusion, function.
Certain bone morphologies and soft-tissue phenotypes can be considered risk factors for developing gingival recessions following orthodontic treatment, thereby compromising the aesthetic outcome and – in advanced cases – tooth stability.
In this context, Dr Chackartchi will explain how evaluating hard and soft tissues around treated teeth in the context of the planned orthodontic tooth movement may help identify clinical cases at higher risk of mucogingival complications related to the orthodontic therapy. Her presentation will provide a structured and science-based methodology, illustrated with clinical cases.
It will be followed by a duo lecture on optimising periodontal, orthodontic, and implant outcomes through digital planning, given by orthodontist Cristina Sola (USA) and periodontist and implant surgeon Homa Zadeh (USA), director of the VISTA Institute for Therapeutic Innovations.
They will talk about how orthodontics can increase the efficacy of periodontal plastic surgery – by repositioning roots in a more favourable position for treating gingival recessions – but how it can also be associated with adverse periodontal responses, such as gingival recession and marginal bone loss.
Drs Sola and Zadeh will focus on clear aligner therapy (CAT), which has emerged as a well-accepted form of orthodontic therapy that offers significant advantages in periodontal patients, in whom it shows better tissue response. Their lecture will highlight recent advances in digital planning for CAT that have incorporated 3D imaging with intraoral scan data to optimise alveolar bone and root position.
The session will conclude with a case presentation by Maria Cadenas, assistant professor of orthodontics at KU Leuven University in Belgium, which will demonstrate digital planning for periodontal, implant, and orthodontic therapy in a case of localised periodontitis.
This session will be moderated by Véronique Christiaens, a professor of periodontology at Ghent University and a board member of the Belgian Society of Periodontology.
Perio Master Clinic 2023, on “The Perio-Ortho Synergy”, takes place at the Flanders Meeting & Convention Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, on March 3 and 4.