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ZAGREB, Croatia: The international Minimum Intervention Society (MIS) supported the seventh international congress on minimum intervention dentistry, themed “Synergy of science and clinical work”, which took place on 20 and 21 October in Zagreb. The event brought together dentists, researchers, dental students and industry representatives and provided a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
The event was organised by the Department of Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry in the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Zagreb, the Croatian Society for Minimum Intervention Dentistry, the Croatian Medical Association, the Croatian Society of Restorative Dentistry and the Croatian Endodontic Society.
The event was attended by distinguished representatives from the MIS, including Prof. Sevil Gurgan from Hacetteppe University in Ankara in Turkey, Prof. Ivana Miletić from Zagreb University and Dr Cristina Parise Gré, global scientific affairs manager at GC International. The congress offered a rich scientific programme and included two engaging lectures by internationally recognised speakers and a full day of interactive workshops.
On Friday, 20 October, participants were able to gain hands-on experience in performing restorations with maximum tooth preservation at a full-day practical workshop at the University of Zagreb led by Prof. Miletić. On the second day of the event, Prof. Gurgan moderated the first session and introduced the participants to the MIS. The morning started with two of the world’s leading experts, who delivered informative lectures on the principles and applications of minimum intervention dentistry.
“I believe that minimum intervention is an important concept that deserves our attention and support. It is not just an approach but a philosophy that puts the patient’s best interests first. It encourages us to focus on prevention and minimally invasive treatments and to strive to preserve natural teeth for as long as possible,” noted Prof. Miletić.
Additionally, Prof. Falk Schwendicke from Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany gave an inspiring lecture on the management of deep carious lesions, in which he clarified the principles of caries excavation with adequate tooth preservation. Next, Prof. Avijit Banerjee from King’s College London in the UK gave a lecture on maintaining lifelong oral health with a minimum intervention approach, which was especially well received by the young dentists in the audience. In the afternoon, young speakers and researchers presented their work in the form of oral and poster presentations, offering valuable insights into the minimum intervention approach.
During the congress, attendees had the opportunity to interact directly with the speakers and to learn more about their research findings. The exchange of ideas and the spirit of collaboration that prevailed demonstrated the enthusiasm and commitment of the next generation of dentists.