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First-class endodontics in 3-D

By Marcel Meurer, Germany
December 16, 2011

At the annual conference of the German Society of Endodontology and Traumatology (DGET), which took place from 3 to 5 November 2011 in Bonn, Germany, Morita provided for a grand finale. For the final highlight of the annual conference in the luxurious surroundings of the Kameha Grand Hotel, the Japanese company provided a Soaric treatment unit for a 3-D live operation.

For three days, the conference participants were offered a top-notch programme. The lectures, delivered under the direction of Dr Carsten Appel, were interdisciplinary and fascinating. However, the best is always saved for last. The majority of participants stayed until the end of the conference on Saturday to observe one of the best in their field in a very special presentation, involving the presentation of two actual cases to an enthusiastic audience in 3-D!

Outstanding conditions

Prof Syngcuk Kim, an internationally recognised expert in his field, had flown in specially from Philadelphia, USA, to participate in the event. Kim had demonstrated his skills in live surgery and explained his working techniques before at the first annual conference of the society in 2002. Morita, Carl Zeiss Meditec and the practice of Dr Tom Schloss and Dr Jürgen Wollner had set up a well-equipped surgery with many extras in one of the conference rooms for the congenial and entertaining American, to enable him to perform the live surgery undisturbed in as relaxed an atmosphere as possible. It took a significant logistical effort to equip the room, and involved the special installation and connection of Morita’s premium treatment unit, Soaric.

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One operator, two patients, 3-D

Prof Kim’s first treatment involved a left mandibular first molar. “Being right-handed, this type of treatment is, of course, much easier for me,” commented the American, who sat behind the patient in a 12 o’clock position. The case involved a file having broken in the tooth during pretreatment and remnants of the instrument remaining in the canal. This made the brilliant 3-D images even more important for the operator: “Owing to the 3-D image, I have an exact and accurate picture of the situation and intervention does not present a major challenge.” Two high-resolution cameras with 3-D technology provided first-class images, filling the auditorium with awe and anticipation. It wasn’t just the brilliant picture quality and 3-D images that maintained the attention of the operator and audience on the proceedings. The use of Morita’s TwinPower Turbine with a 45° contra-angle, specially designed for such cases, provided a clear view, even in the narrow premolar region. “Despite the head attachment, I can always see the tip of the drill,” remarked moderator Dr Helmut Walsch.

A final X-ray documented the result of the operation for the conference participants. The image showed that the root filling was successful despite complex root structures.

Similarly, the second operation was performed routinely and successfully. Prof Kim noted that it is important for the operation that the patient’s head be in a stable and comfortable position, both for the benefit of the patient and the operator, which was not a problem with Soaric. The participants stayed until well after the announced closing of the conference in order to follow the procedure, which produced impressive pictures throughout.

Thanks to faultless preparation, a first-class endodontic expert, unique technical equipment supplied by Morita, the Carl Zeiss Meditec company and the practice team of Dr Schloss and Wollner, a memorable endodontic conference came to a successful end.

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