Building a confident future

09 August 2021
3 min read

Though the past 18 months may have tested our resolve, the future still looks bright for dentistry. Within the implant field, individuals and companies continue to innovate in order to make treatment more accessible to more patients, with ever-more exceptional and predictable outcomes. The ITI Congress UK & Ireland this October will provide an excellent opportunity to discover the latest concepts and technologies in the area, and help build your confidence, with a dynamic programme, internationally-renowned speaker line-up and the chance to network with colleagues from across the profession.

Charlotte Stilwell, president of the ITI and a renowned implant clinician, summarises why this year’s event is entitled “Future Proof”, explaining, “The theme of this Congress – ‘Future Proof’ – is important, not only in implant dentistry, but within wider dentistry. It’s also very topical in my own practice. I have been fortunate enough to provide continuous care for a number of patients through my 30 years in practice, so I have had the opportunity to observe first-hand how their dental needs have changed as they’ve aged. It is clear to me that we ‘manage’ their oral health, we don’t cure them. It’s crucial, therefore, to think ahead. How will the options available to the patient in the future be impacted by the treatment you are considering now? Whatever we put together, we should also be able to take apart and do again in a different way. With forward planning this is absolutely possible for implants and their superstructures. As clinicians, we need to consider how flexible, as well as predictable and durable, we can design implant therapy for the individual patient. This requires a patient-centred approach to be sure the designs are applicable to their circumstances.”

Eoin O’Sullivan, fellow of the ITI and chair of the Scientific Programme Committee for the ITI Congress UK & Ireland 2021, adds, “We have gathered some of the greatest speakers and innovators in implant dentistry to give an evidenced-based review of where we stand in implantology today. They will present the latest developments and innovations in the market, based on current research. It is a very strong programme that has been designed to appeal to professionals who are both experienced and inexperienced in implant dentistry.

“My hope is that delegates will come away from the Congress fully updated on different areas of implant dentistry and they will be inspired to adopt some of the new approaches in their practices.”

Among the eclectic speakers in the main programme will be Robert Oretti, who will present “Demystifying the implant abutment for successful clinical outcomes: clinician’s viewpoint”. About his session, he says, “My presentation will attempt to demystify the implant abutment from a clinical perspective and how to achieve successful clinical outcomes, whilst the rest of the morning will focus on the implant abutment from a technician’s and digital point of view.

“This promises to be an exciting and highly engaging session to help clinicians and technicians analyse and choose between a vast array of abutment choices that are at their disposal for any one case that is being treated. This should prove to be an involving format for delegates to enjoy, generating discussion and offering insight into how cases can be treated from a prosthetic viewpoint. The ITI has created a very stimulating Congress for the whole dental team. This is the one conference not to be missed.”

Another highly-anticipated speaker is Andrew Legg, who offers some insights into his session entitled “Immediate full arch reconstruction for clinicians and patients”, explaining, “I will be covering aspects of full arch reconstruction with dental implants and what options are available to clinicians and patients. We will then focus on immediate full arch reconstruction and discuss how these treatment modalities affect patients’ quality of life.

“I will highlight key points in terms of patient selection and execution of treatment, as well as look at the factors that can help increase patient quality of life scores throughout their treatment. I would hope delegates will be better informed on how to assess their patients for the different treatment options available for full arch reconstruction. I also hope delegates better understand how to select and treat patients who wish to have immediate full arch reconstruction.”

In addition to the comprehensive educational programme, the event will also provide a fantastic opportunity to network, catch up with friends and enjoy time with colleagues in-person once again. The Straumann party is legendary – yet another reason not to miss out!

Time is fast running out to book your place. To make the most of this chance to develop your skills, build your confidence and secure a bright future in dental implantology, register for the ITI Congress UK & Ireland 2021 online today!