The Taiwan Academy of Periodontology (TAP), which became one of the EFP’s first six international associate members early in the year, recently held a global symposium in Taipei entitled “Challenges and solutions of periodontal and peri-implant therapy”.
Internationally renowned leaders in periodontology gave presentations that covered four of the most challenging fields in periodontal and implant therapy: hard- and soft-tissue regeneration, peri-implantitis, implant complications, and interdisciplinary therapy.
The symposium, held on November 22-24, was a record-breaking event with more than 700 attendees from 15 countries. The previous day, there was a hand-on workshop led by Anton Sculean (EFP president 2018-19), who focused on the reconstruction of soft-tissue defects around teeth and dental implants.
Shinya Murakami, Richard Kao, and Young Ku – respectively the presidents of the Japanese, American, and Asia-Pacific academies of periodontology – told the symposium about breakthroughs in the use of cytokines and stem cells and described new clinical skills in periodontal regeneration and bone regeneration.
There was a “presidential forum” on global strategies for periodontal disease prevention, with the aim of promoting the prevention of gum disease in the Asia-Pacific region. The presidents of various periodontology organizations from Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Americas will get together to share their experiences.
Paul Lin, past president of the TAP, and Prof Sculean conducted a dialogue between East and West on how to treat periodontal and peri-implant soft tissue defects. Leading clinicians Akira Aoki (Japan), Guo-Hao Lin (USA), and Frank Schwarz (Germany) discussed the efficacy of using lasers to treat peri-implant diseases.
Dr Schwarz shared his first-hand clinical research experience in the most advanced approaches to the treatment of peri-implantitis. He also gave a hands-on workshop on soft-tissue augmentation for the prevention and management of peri-implant diseases.
There were also presentations from international speakers on solving implant complications and innovative interdisciplinary therapies to treat the most difficult of cases.
“This was a fantastic symposium, which is evidence that periodontal leaders all over the world visited Taipei, Taiwan to exchange ideas, challenge thinking and expand our vision for a better global periodontal health,” said TAP president Tony Shing-Zeng Dung.
TAP has released a short video with highlights of the symposium, which can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/ZYHCE0sNIRk.