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Dr Pannaghiotis Bazos (Photograph: IMAGINA dental 2017)
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IMAGINA Dental still the fair for digital dentistry

Post a comment by Nathalie Schüller, DTI

MONACO: The sixth annual IMAGINA Dental congress, which concluded on Saturday, provided three informative days of lectures and workshops at the Grimaldi Forum. More than 500 visitors from 30 countries attended the event, and their positive feedback reinforced IMAGINA’S position as the leading congress for digital and aesthetic technology in dentistry.

IMAGINA Dental is an important venue for dentists to obtain the necessary knowledge and advance their dental skills. It still offers a unique opportunity for participants to interact with world-class clinicians and academics.

The presentations on implantology and 3-D planning on the first day of IMAGINA Dental were followed by papers addressing CAD/CAM dentistry on Friday. The guest of honour for the day was Dr Paulo Kano, a dentist and dental technician from Brazil, and he spoke about the importance of natural morphology in a presentation titled “Tips and tricks to enhance the oral rehabilitation: Morphology and occlusion in ceramics”. According to him, it is vital to combine human skill with technology in treating patients. The conventional approach to treatment is about symmetry and geometry, about the art of observation. He went on to explain that it is now possible to perform a total rehabilitation using only digital technology, once the morphology has been captured by the software, thereby reducing the possibility of error. “Digital technology has made treatments easier and it keeps getting better,” Kano said.

In his paper, titled “All ceramic materials in prosthodontics: from traditional to digital dentistry”, Dr Roberto Sorrentino, from Italy, showed that digital dental devices are widely available and provide similar accuracy to conventional techniques. He said that intra-oral scanners are a highly promising development for the future. The versatile integration of digital impressions into diagnostic and treatment concepts allows for a customisable solution for the patient.

Italian speaker Dr Francesco Mintrone explained the need for a systematic approach to the treatment plan, in his presentation “Digital workflow in modern dentistry”. It is necessary to always start with photographs and see the smile progression in order to analyse and understand the vertical dimension of occlusion, he said, using the horizon as the reference point.

In a presentation titled “Digital biomimetics—Concepts for predictive treatments”, Dr Jan-Frederik Güth, from Germany, spoke about the connection between biomimetics and digital dentistry. He explained that dentists can use digital technology in support of biomimetic treatment concepts in order to solve complex problems. Digital technology offers such a great tool to achieve that aim because it offers high predictability in treatments and outcomes and makes it very interesting to solve problems or imitate nature in a biomimetic approach.

At the end of second day, the 2017 IMAGINA Dental Award, which is aimed at promoting the development and use of new technologies in dentistry, as well as direct applications of these, was given to Euromax Monaco for its Dental Wings Lasermill. Company founders Massimo and Raffaella Gai expressed their honour at the recognition and said that their product truly benefits digital dentistry owing to its micrometric precision.

On the last day of the congress, despite it being a Saturday and Easter weekend, accompanied by beautiful weather, the auditorium was full. The topic of the papers was smile design and minimally invasive dentistry (by Style Italiano). Style Italiano’s aim is to share knowledge in order to teach dentists how to obtain a good result for the patient in a simple way. Its members share one thing: the patient. The first presenter, Dr Walter Devoto, from Italy, explained how to choose the ideal material from a mechanical and aesthetic perspective, when to choose indirect rather than direct techniques and how to evaluate the use of composites for provisional and permanent solutions. He said that clinicians now have the possibility of optimising the advantages of composites and ceramics by using both materials in harmony in the same mouth.

With his presentation titled “Colour in dentistry: From art to knowledge”, Italian speaker Prof. Angelo Putignano, guest of honour for the final day of the congress, as he did last year, captivated the audience in showing them what can be done with colours in aesthetic dentistry. He referred to “the forgotten patient and the forgotten dentist”, by which he meant that not all patients are the same and not all dentists are able to achieve the same work.

Putignano explained that discoloration is a problem due to the dentist not respecting and using the material properly. Treatment is often begun without considering in depth the patient’s anamnesis and reasons for seeing the dentist.

Putignano asserted. Colour appearance is an art, seeking to achieve the perfect colour. Shade matching requires time, knowledge and training. If one uses the same technology and does not explore others, one can never improve. Shade matching is mostly done by trial and error. The thickness of the material changes the appearance, but the colour stays the same; it is only the thickness that makes it look more or less opalescent.

In his presentation, titled “Digital dentistry with minimally invasive aesthetic restorations”, Prof. Ivo Krejci, from Switzerland, told the audience that today’s restorative dentistry is based on adhesion. Carious areas are sealed and repair, rather than replacement, is considered. Krejci no longer places crowns on devitalised teeth, but uses adhesive overlays instead. His parting words indicated a future in which everything that can be digitalised will be. “There is no longer any need for a dental technician for a single-tooth restoration,” he said.

The final presentation at IMAGINA Dental 2017 was that of Greek speaker Dr Panaghiotis Bazos, who explored the benefits and applications of cross-polarised imaging.

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