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Showcasing extraordinary skill in London

by: Michael Stuart

Hundreds of dental professionals visited The Brewery venue in London between November 6–7, for the Nobel Biocare Team Conference – the finale for Nobel Biocare’s 2015 symposia series.

Among the 350 delegates, the thirst for knowledge and enthusiasm for learning was infectious, with all keen to discover the very latest developments in the field of implantology.

Given Nobel Biocare is known for both its heritage and its dedication to innovation and reinvention, The Brewery provided a fitting, if unusual venue.  Occupying the site of the former Whitbread brewery in East London, it once housed a vast brewing operation, its sheer size making it an attraction worthy of royal visits. The unique environment provided an intimate setting for the main attractions at hand: learning and networking. 

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Sparking new ideas: Hands-on session

Sparking new ideas: Hands-on sessions were a key part of the event.

Professionalism at the forefront

As Kishore Pranjivan, Nobel Biocare Regional Director of UK and Ireland, said in his opening speech, the conference was designed specifically for “customized learning”. Delegates had the opportunity to choose between topics that were of most interest to them, with a combination of lectures and hands-on workshops forming the diverse and exciting program.

Over 30 internationally renowned and highly celebrated speakers delivered an array of inspirational sessions throughout the two-day conference. The Scientific Co-Chairs –Professor Ian Brook, Professor Sree Koka and Professor Daniel van Steenberghe– led an outstanding line-up of professionals, each recognized as modern-day pioneers in their respective fields. In his welcome address, Sree emphasized how many “amazing clinicians and astounding thinkers” had been brought together to deliver this year’s conference program.

Learning together: Hundreds of dental professionals from
across the UK and beyond attended the event

A journey to remember

Setting the scene for two days of learning and innovation, the opening lecture took delegates on a journey through the history of dental implants, from Professor Brånemark’s initial invention to today’s cutting-edge solutions that make the previously untreatable cases treatable. The program then split into two, with delegates choosing to consider how they can exceed patients’ esthetic expectations, or to explore how the latest solutions have blazed a trail for progress.

In the afternoon eight different master classes and hands-on workshops gave delegates the chance to learn firsthand from many of the speakers they had seen on the podium. Sessions explored the facts behind peri-implantitis; gave advice on managing complicated surgical cases with (CB)CT and 3D modelling; and provided top tips to ensure a smooth and successful relationship between practice and laboratory. In the workshops, delegates had the chance to get hands-on with zygomatic implants, hone their skills for immediate implant placement or get to grips with the many benefits of the NobelClinician Software.

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While all sessions were grounded in the latest science, the focus was on practical application. Speaking after the event, Dr. Sandeep Lakhanpaul said:  “Often these scientific meetings can be too scientific for the GDP (general dental practitioner), however, here the science was applied to everyday practice, which was a real positive.”

Allowing delegates to attend a second master class or workshop of their choice, Friday afternoon’s program was repeated on Saturday morning. Attendees then came together again to demystify the options for compromised maxilla with a fixed prosthesis, with an emphasis on accounting for facial changes associated with age. The variety in the program certainly appealed to attendees. As one, Dr. Richard Clarke-Irons, put it, “I would like to have done all the workshops and master classes.”

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Overall, the feedback was that the event was a great success. For Dr. Ken Nicholson, it was a worthwhile experience from start to finish. Talking after the event he said:

“From first walking through the door of the venue it was evident that this was going to be a quality event. Furthermore this really was a team event catering for the learning needs of everyone involved in our profession.

“They say content is king and it certainly was at this conference. The closing session with Drs. Oded Bahat, Edmond Bedrossian and Peter Wöhrle was the icing on the cake, a fitting close to a fantastic two day conference. I would like to express my gratitude to the entire Nobel Biocare UK team.” 

Dr. Joseph Kan leads a hands-on session

Many of the podium speakers, including Dr. Joseph Kan, above,
also held master classes or hands-on training. 

Evolution and innovation

With a passion for excellence and delivery of the highest quality of implant treatment clear among both speakers and delegates, the atmosphere throughout the conference was one of celebration for past achievements and excitement for the future.

Only through constant evolution and innovation will the field of dental implantology continue to excel. To this end, Richard Laube, President of Nobel Biocare, announced that Nobel Biocare will be further increasing its dedication to research and development, as well as training and education, demonstrating total commitment to driving the industry forward.

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