AO 2018 Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting program preview #1: New surgical and restorative point-counterpoint format


The Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 2018 Annual Meeting will offer a significantly more collaborative forum and opportunity for attendees to engage with AO’s captivating, world-renowned speakers in lively, real-time discussions.

One the ways in which attendees will be provided this experience is through the concurrent surgical and restorative tracks that will feature a “point-counterpoint” style all day Friday of the meeting. In an effort to delineate the reality and myths on current controversial topics in implant dentistry, panelists will present their viewpoint in a short presentation. Afterwards, expert clinician moderators will promote debate of these viewpoints and attempt to draw meaningful conclusions.

For this article, AO CONNECT staff reached out to moderators of both the surgical and restorative tracks to preview this new format style for AO. One of the moderators will be Dr. John Brunski, Senior Research Engineer in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, at Stanford University, who will be moderating presenters of the topic, “Primary Stability: Indispensable or Insignificant?” as part of Friday’s surgical track.

According to Dr. Brunski, the topic can be controversial because answers to a number of basic questions are still incomplete, even after decades of implant use. These include why is “primary stability” clinically important?  Is there widespread agreement on its exact definition? How should it best be measured?

By participating in this session, Dr. Brunski believes attendees will gain a better clinical and scientific understanding of implant “stability,” which should translate into more enlightened care of implant patients.

“Hopefully attendees will also come away with a ‘reality check’ – or an improved ability to ‘separate fact from fiction’ – when it comes to using different clinical methods to assess stability,” concluded Dr. Brunski.


AO Fellow Dr. Edmond Bedrossian, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from San Francisco, CA, will be moderating presenters of “All-on-4 in the Maxilla: Or is it 4-for-All?” as part of the restorative portion of Friday’s program lineup.

According to Dr. Bedrossian, controversy of this topic exists in two areas: 1) How many implants are actually needed and 2) should the case be loaded immediately or delayed?

Dr. Bedrossian stated he looks forward to discussing and debating several myths in an attempt to demystify treatment planning patients with edentulous maxillae including: adopting a systematic treatment planning protocol to identify a tooth only vs. a composite defect; preoperative determination of the transition line and its significance, and discussing the inarch space requirement, as well reviewing the pros and cons of the different materials available for reconstruction of the fully edentulous maxilla.

By attending this program about All-on-4, Dr. Bedrossian’s goal is for Annual Meeting attendees to be able to demystify the treatment planning of the edentulous maxilla, understand the surgical and prosthetic protocols, as well as the execution of the treatment plan for reconstruction of this group of patients. Emphasis will also be placed on the adoption of a pragmatic follow up protocol for the treatment of patients with full arch prosthesis.

You won’t want to miss these and many other topics that will be examined and debated using this new format at AO’s 2018 Annual Meeting. Register by January 8, 2018 for the best registration rates, hotel availability and to secure your seat in limited sessions: http://meetings.osseo.org/2018/.