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Interactive format praised at Osteogenics’ 2010 Global Bone Grafting Symposium

This article appeared in Implant Tribune Vol. 5 No. 4. April 10, pages 9 & 11 www.dental-tribune.com

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Attendees participate in a hands-on demonstration.

World class speakers engaged an active audience on treatment planning complex and routine bone grafting cases at Osteogenics’ 2010 Global Bone Grafting Symposium, held March 26-27 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The speakers came from all over the world to discuss how successful bone grafting procedures can lead to predictability in implant placement. This was the second consecutive year Osteogenics Biomedical has hosted the event in Scottsdale, which will continue to be an annual event.

Led by keynote speaker Dr. Michael Pikos, the 300 clinicians in attendance had the opportunity to listen to the speakers’ presentations, which focused primarily on treatment planning cases from patient presentation to prosthetic restoration. Many attendees also had the opportunity to pose questions to the speakers, both during and after their presentations.

Additional speakers included Drs. H. Dexter Barber of Phoenix, Suzanne Caudry of Toronto, Daniel Cullum of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Andreas Siebold of Johannesburg, South Africa, Hom-Lay Wang of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Thomas Wilson Jr. of Dallas, and Barry Bartee of Lubbock, TX.

Using a model fabricated from a case Dr. Cullum had previously treated, attendees also participated in a hands-on ridge augmentation workshop, which incorporated the use of onlay grafts, titanium-reinforced barrier membranes and fixation screws.

An interactive treatment planning session added another interactive element to the symposium. Moderated by Dr. Wilson, the speakers participated in a panel discussion in which Dr. Bartee presented a case to the panel. Dr. Wilson then engaged the panel in an honest exchange of information, in which the panelists weighed both positive and negative aspects of a variety of different treatment planning options.

Dr. Pikos said the meeting’s unique, interactive format allowed attendees to gain information about techniques that can be utilized immediately following the meeting.

“This type of venue really does lend itself quite nicely to the practicality of what’s done on a day-to-day basis in a private practice by every one of us,” Dr. Pikos said.

Dr. Adam Craven attended the meeting from Philadelphia, and said he also felt the meeting’s interactive format will prove beneficial in his practice.

“Everybody has been very approachable, and everybody has been willing to take any questions I’ve had,” Dr. Craven said. “I’m leaving here with a lot of information that will be useful starting Monday morning.”

April 19, 2010

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