Thursday Mar 1

Personalized Oral Health and the Future for Dental Implants

  1:45 - 2:30 pm

Opening Symposium

Harold Slavkin, DDS

Now is the time to prepare for a major transformation in clinical approaches to personalized health care including precision dentistry and medicine. The cornerstone of precision dentistry and medicine is targeting treatment to a patient’s specific needs on the basis of genetics, biomarker, epigenetic, phenotypic, and socioeconomic or psychosocial determinants. The goal is to minimize errors in diagnosis, improve outcomes, and avoid unnecessary side effects. Imagine the right diagnosis for the right person that enlists personalized treatment with predictable outcomes. This presentation explores the foundation for precision health care.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:1) list the principles of precision dentistry and medicine; 2) recognize the role of genomics to determine risk; 3) explain the difference between Mendelian Inheritance and complex human diseases; and 4) anticipate precision health care.