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The upcoming Osstell ISQ online symposium will allow dental professionals to earn up to five continuing education credits. (Image: Osstell)

Osstell launches e-learning campus and brings annual ISQ scientific symposium online

By Franziska Beier, Dental Tribune International
September 10, 2020

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: In order to stay connected with the dental community and provide clinicians with increased opportunities for continuing education, Osstell has launched its own online campus. Moreover, the company has decided to transform its 12th ISQ scientific symposium into a fully digital event. The global symposium will be held on 24 September and will focus on clinical cases, knowledge and experience, utilising the company’s patented implant stability quotient (ISQ) non-invasive technology that enables clinicians to optimise dental implant treatment for each patient.

Osstell has always been very diligent in providing clinicians with educational content. The company collected all its scientific research relating to Osstell products and made it accessible on its searchable database, including more than 1,000 scientific studies backing the ISQ technology. “Supporting clinicians’ efforts through education has always been a core focus and fundamental for Osstell since our inception more than 20 years ago,” emphasised CEO Jonas Ehinger.

In addition, the company developed OsstellConnect, a unique online service that allows clinicians to collect and store ISQ-related data. It is meant to enable implantologists to make well-informed decisions based on the shared data from thousands of fellow users worldwide.

Osstell Campus offers dental practitioners easy access to educational content

Dr Raquel Zita Gomes. (Image: Osstell)

Osstell’s online educational efforts have been sped up by the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, which has necessitated digital alternatives in light of cancelled in-person education events. In order to launch its own online educational platform, the company partnered with Dental Tribune International. “We believe that the crisis has accelerated a change that was already happening—and that it is here to stay,” said Ehinger.

“We wanted to make it easy for clinicians to access content that is relevant to them, on their terms, as well as give them the opportunity to earn continuing education credits and interact with leading experts. So for us, the motivation is twofold: first, simplifying access to education and, second, being mindful that travel to congresses and hands-on courses has become very limited, if not impossible. As many clinics are still adapting to the new situation, we wanted to support the community as best we can,” he continued.

Online symposium as the next logical step

Prof. Emeritus Daniel Buser. (Image: Osstell)

The company has hosted its successful annual ISQ symposium for more than a decade, gathering several hundreds of participants each year. Traditionally, it has been held as part of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration, which this year has been moved online as a consequence of the pandemic. According to Ehinger, during these critical times, it is a “natural step to take the event to a fully digital format”. By holding the symposium online, the company aims to enable clinicians from all over the world to learn from renowned speakers at no cost for the participants. “Our goal is to provide the community with insights which they can directly translate into their clinical practice,” he added.

Dr Nicole Winitsky. (Image: Osstell)

The aim of this year’s symposium is to promote understanding of the use of Osstell ISQ diagnostics to optimise treatment decisions, allowing dentists to meet the demand for optimal time to teeth. The speakers will discuss the use of ISQ diagnostics in various treatment indications based on real clinical cases. Attendees will have the opportunity to actively participate via live polls and learn about advanced surgical techniques. After these sessions, Dr Marcus Dagnelid will perform a surgery live during the panel discussion, which he will also moderate.

In the first session, Dr Raquel Zita Gomes will present and discuss delayed, early and immediate loading protocols in modern oral implantology. She will be followed by Prof. Emeritus Daniel Buser, who will explain how Osstell ISQ values can be used to shorten the healing period for implant surgery. Dr Nicole Winitsky will present the third session, in which she will speak about clinical and scientific matters regarding implant treatment in young adults. In the last session, Dr Scott Ganz will address the significance and importance of ISQ values for different clinical cases.

Dr Scott Ganz. (Image: Osstell)

Regarding the highlights of the online symposium for participants, Ehinger said: “Some novel elements are that participants will have the opportunity to earn up to five continuing education credits, watch a live surgery, interact with the speakers and network with their peers digitally.”

The symposium will start at 5 p.m. CEST, and each session will run for approximately one hour. For dental professionals who are unable to attend owing to time zone differences, the symposium sessions will be available to watch on demand. More information about the symposium and free-of-charge registration can be found on the Osstell Campus.

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