Interview: "EuroPerio is the most important periodontology and implant congress worldwide"—Part 1

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Interview: "EuroPerio is the most important periodontology and implant congress worldwide"—Part 1

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President of the European Federation of Periodontology Prof. Anton Sculean is among other things, looking forward to discussing with attendees at EuroPerio9 novel approaches to reconstructing soft- and hard-tissue defects around both natural teeth and dental implants. (Image: EFP)
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By Dental Tribune International

Thu. 14. June 2018

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Now into its ninth edition, the 2018 European Federation of Periodontology’s (EFP) EuroPerio periodontology and implant dentistry congress is taking place in Amsterdam from June 19 to 23. This year, attendees can look forward to 42 sessions as part of the event’s scientific programme, with 132 speakers in the main programme, and an additional 30 sponsor sessions and workshops, as well as over 300 moderated abstract and poster presentations. In the run-up to the event, Dental Tribune Online spoke to EFP President Prof. Anton Sculean.

One of the strategies for EuroPerio9 is to attract younger dental professionals. What does the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) hope to achieve through this?
Well, first of all, we have new and different types of sessions for EuroPerio9. We now have not only sessions that are concerned with studies and presentations from experts, but also sessions that focus on practical elements and clinical concepts. In addition to that, we have the first EFP Graduate-Alumni-Symposium, which is scheduled for Wednesday, 20 June. This session will use a novel format, Perio Talks, based on the general topic of “Periodontal experience and discoveries worth spreading”. Selected speakers, consisting of renowned specialists and young periodontists who received their education in one of the EFP-accredited postgraduate programmes, will present short talks on their experiences that have significantly inspired their professional careers.

We also have a session featuring live surgery performed by a surgical team that, we hope, will attract young dental professionals who want to see first-hand the kind of results they can achieve for their patients. In addition, there will be a Nightmare Session on the final day of EuroPerio9 that I believe will really help the younger attendees understand not only how to cope with any mistakes they might make in practice, but also how they can avoid these mistakes in the future. These are just a few of the things that will make EuroPerio9 a worthwhile experience for younger dental professionals.

How can dental professionals benefit from attending EuroPerio9?
Simply put, it’s the biggest, most important periodontology and implant dentistry congress worldwide. EuroPerio9 will provide a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of these two specialties for attendees, highlighting the most recent innovations in diagnosis, pathogenesis, non-surgical and reconstructive surgical approaches, as well as maintenance and patient management. It aims to provide not just for the specialist but also for the general practitioner and dental hygienist solid, evidence-based knowledge on how they can implement these approaches and treatments in their daily practices. Clearly, all dental professionals can gain a lot from coming to EuroPerio9.

Are there any particular events or topics that you are looking forward to most at EuroPerio9?
Though there are many to choose from, one topic that I think will be important at EuroPerio9 concerns how we can help dentists to implement patient motivation strategies. We need to look at how we can motivate patients to take charge of their own oral hygiene, how we can keep them coming to our practices for regular check-ups, and what new strategies we can implement for this in our everyday workflows.

In terms of events, I’m eagerly awaiting the industry symposia that will be conducted in Amsterdam. These symposia will present information regarding new surgical techniques, materials and so forth that can be implemented in our treatment concepts.

Another topic that I’m particularly looking forward to discussing with attendees is novel approaches to reconstructing soft- and hard-tissue defects around both natural teeth and dental implants. There will be several presentations covering these approaches scheduled throughout EuroPerio9’s scientific programme, and I am truly excited to see what the presenters have in store for visitors.

Thank you very much for your time.

Editorial note: The second part of this interview will appear online on Friday, 22 June 2018.

 

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