Implantology in dentistry: Innovative growth market with a high quality level
The latest developments in implantology – osseogenesis and stem cell technology – computer-tomographic navigation – curricular training – the focuses of the IDS
The next International Dental Show will once again be addressing the subject of dental implantology in detail. The number of cases in 2007/2008 is ample proof of the fact that this specialist area is continuing to grow: Within the space of only five years, the number of implants inserted each year has doubled and has thus increased to more than 700,000 per year. The annual growth rates of some 10-15 % reflect the growing demand of aging patients, who are increasingly opting for a modern implant-based dental prosthesis. This development towards looking after the remaining teeth is the result of the immense research and development activities in both academia and in the dental industry. “The International Dental Show, the world’s largest trade fair for dentistry and dental technology that will be taking place in Cologne from 24 to 28 March 2009, is the ideal opportunity for trade visitors from dental practices and laboratories to inform themselves comprehensively in discussions with specialists from exhibiting companies and experienced users about the range of modern implant concepts, and the latest developments in this rapidly expanding dentistry discipline,” says Dr. Markus Heibach, President of the VDDI.
Here dentists and dental technicians will have the unique opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of the latest concepts regarding implant geometries and materials, as well as the range of suprastructures currently possible. To some extent, these developments allow for alternatives to conventional procedures, for example the sinus-lift procedure. Furthermore, progress in the field of implantological instruments, such as atraumatic forceps, that are gentle on alveolar tissue or improved hollow cylinder osteotomes. Visitors to the show in Cologne will be presented with a wealth of solutions adapted to the respective indications, enabling them to choose the right ones for their practice. Optimised procedures for preserving the alveolar process, but also for augmentation, or for alveolar distraction osteogenesis will also be presented. If that were not already enough, a further focus of the show will be state-of-the-art biotechnological procedures for osseogenesis – including adult stem cell technology. Thus, manufacturers will be showing their latest developments for using bone marrow stem cells and other osteogenic factors and their integration in what are referred to as scaffolds (support membranes). Intramedullary resorbable rods or membranes, in some cases made of collagen or mucous membrane material are just some of the new topics to be addressed by the IDS. Furthermore, state-of-the-art, high-resolution computer tomographic navigation procedures for use in combination with cast laser scans have in the meantime made their way into implantology. Used in conjunction with other diagnostic high-tech methods such as, for example, digital x-ray, implantologists are able to receive extremely precise stereo-lithographic drilling templates that enable the preparation of the implant bed with a degree of precision that was hitherto unknown.
In addition, implantological specialists will be presenting their latest curricular projects at the IDS thereby offering interested dentists the perfect opportunity to enter and train in this increasingly important discipline. These include topics such as dentistry for the elderly, piezo techniques, laser treatments or topics relating specifically to prosthetics as specialist areas within implantology which are addressed in the course of the training. While strolling over the IDS, a visit to the stalls of the companies specialising in implantology is therefore well worthwhile for newcomers and experienced dentists alike, in order to be able to find the best possible access to this fascinating area, possibly also together with your dental technician.
IDS takes place in Cologne every two years and is organized by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI) and staged by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne.
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