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COPENHAGEN, Denmark: EuroPerio10 has just begun, and attendees are already being treated to multiple lectures by world-renowned speakers and getting updates on the latest in periodontics. On the first day, attendees were also invited to a joint session held by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and Osteology Foundation—and it was well attended. The primary focus was placed on tissue regeneration, wound healing and soft-tissue replacement.
“Periodontics is coming back to the lead role in clinical practice”—that was the message from Prof. Phoebus Madianos from the Department of Periodontics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece and chair of EuroPerio10, during the press conference yesterday afternoon. Indeed, as Prof. Madianos accurately noted, periodontics is “in the heart of the body”, and its crucial role is felt not only in dentistry but also in medicine in general, and taking care of one’s oral health can greatly improve quality of life.
Opening the session, Prof. Anton Sculean, chairman of the department of periodontics and the executive director of the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Bern in Switzerland, gave a brief introduction to the Osteology Foundation and warmly presented the three keynote speakers as well as Prof. Andreas Stavropoulos, who is not only the president of the EFP but also a close friend of Prof. Sculean’s.
Starting off the discussion, Prof. Sofia Aroca, who is a dentist in France, graciously delivered her lecture, in which she talked about soft-tissue graft harvesting and the benefits of using collagen matrix and introduced some studies on the topic. Commenting on her presentation, she told Dental Tribune International (DTI) that her research team was the first to provide a long-term follow-up of the use of the Geistlich Mucograft collagen matrix. “I was really proud to show the nine-year follow-up of this material and to share with my colleagues the most important factors that they should take into consideration,” she said.
The next to present was Prof. Nikolaos Donos, chair of periodontics and implant dentistry at Queen Mary University of London in the UK, who spoke on wound healing after surgical procedures. Dr Giovanni Zucchelli, associate professor of periodontics at the University of Bologna in Italy, then talked about soft-tissue management for aesthetic defects around implants.
“This is the only place where you can talk clinic, research, science and the future”
— Prof. Sofia Aroca
In the coming days, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a number of lecture sessions as well as to attend live mucogingival and bone regeneration surgeries, nightmare sessions illustrating worst-case treatment scenarios, video sessions, debates, interviews and symposia.
“EuroPerio is a huge meeting to all of us periodontists. This is the only place where you can talk clinic, research, science and the future,” Prof. Aroca told DTI.
More information about EuroPerio10 can be found at www.efp.org/europerio.