Friday #AO18LA Preview: Engage in new point-counterpoint debates

One of the thrilling new format changes for the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 2018 Annual Meeting is a new point-counterpoint format for its concurrent surgical and restorative sessions.

AO is offering this new collaborative presentation style to provide attendees with the opportunity to engage with captivating, world-renowned speakers in lively, real-time discussions and to delineate the reality and myths on current controversial topics in implant dentistry.

During these sessions, 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.

Dr. John Brunski, Senior Research Engineer in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine at Stanford University, will moderate the Surgical Track topic, “Primary Stability: Indispensable or Insignificant?”

According to Dr. Brunski, this 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.

As part of the Restorative Track, AO Fellow Dr. Edmond Bedrossian, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from San Francisco, CA, will moderate presenters of “All-on-4 in the Maxilla: Or is it 4-for-All?” By attending this program, Dr. Bedrossian’s goal is for Annual Meeting attendees to be able to demystify the treatment planning of the edentulous maxilla, and 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.

Several other sessions offered the now point-counterpoint format will be offered throughout the day Friday as listed in the program guide or AO Annual Meeting mobile app.