Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meeting

New Lunch with the Masters Series

The Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) Annual Meetings have enjoyed an international reputation for having the most inspiring and cutting-edge educational programming in the world of implant dentistry. Its 2018 meeting (February 28 – March 3 in Los Angeles) will be no exception, especially with new twists to its meeting format that will include a new Lunch with the Masters series. See complete program information here.

To be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, these limited-attendance, ticketed luncheons will cover a challenging topic where attendees will receive clinical specifics and details that are seldom provided during podium lectures. The idea behind this new format is for attendees to “live a real day at the practice, with all the normal life challenges we face while treating complex cases,” according to Isabella Rocchietta, a specialist in periodontology with a practice in London, and one of the Lunch with the Masters presenters with whom AO CONNECT staff recently spoke for this article.

According to Dr. Rocchietta, who will be presenting on “Guided Bone Regeneration in the Anterior Maxilla, Tips and Tricks,” Vertical Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) still constitutes a challenging approach to resolve severe alveolar defects. A strict surgical protocol is mandatory to achieve a functional and aesthetic result. The anterior maxillae require a detailed hard and soft tissue reconstruction to allow for a harmonic natural looking final implant supported restoration.


“My lecture will provide a classification of hard tissue defects with the corresponding surgical GBR approach explained in detail,” said Dr. Rocchietta. “We will go through the successes and failures of GBR and understand through the failures, and how to manage them and avoid them.”

Dr. Stephen J. Chu, adjunct clinical professor, New York University College of Dentistry, will also be a Lunch with the Masters lecturer, presenting on “Platform Switching: Fact or Myth?” Through his presentation and dialogue, Dr. Chu will present the latest concepts and research on platform switching, including: 1) Is platform switching a fact or myth; 2) When and where does platform switching work? 3) What are the clinical benefits of platform switching, if any? and 4) Is one abutment, one time more relevant?

“I am looking forward to this new Lunch with the Masters format, as it opens up a more personal forum to encourage questions and answers,” said Dr. Chu. “My goal will be to provide deeper and more personal insight into the subject matter of platform switching.”

Don’t miss your opportunity to have Lunch with the Masters at AO’s 2018 Annual Meeting! Admission to this luncheon session will be by ticket only. Register by January 8, 2018 to secure your seat in these and other limited sessions, as well as to receive the best registration rates and hotel availability. Get more information about meeting hotels here.