10 APR 2018 General-
INTERVIEW OF PROFESSOR JOÃO CARAMÊS TO ORAL HEALTH BEFORE THE 7TH EDITION OF IMPLANTOLOGY AND ORAL REHABILITATION CONGRESS (IORC)
What are the objectives of the IORC for 2018?
The six previous editions defined the Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation Congress - IORC as a differentiating congress in the areas of Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation in Portugal. The presentation of relevant scientific programs in the context of clinical update and the presence of speakers with recognized clinical excellence have greatly contributed to the success achieved so far.
In 2017, the 6th IORC had a record attendance of approximately 700 congressmen. I believe that the interest so far generated can guarantee such adherence. Equally interesting has been observing the networking fostered by registered international congressmen. In this particular I emphasize that the current edition runs in conjunction with the Dennis Tarnow Alumni & Friends International Symposium.
This year we have seen inscriptions from countries as diverse as Greece, Turkey, India, Palestine, Switzerland or Spain. Notwithstanding the numbers of the Congress and its increasingly multi-cultural aspect, we are particularly pleased to maintain its main principle: to play an important role in the ongoing training of the oral health team in the fields of Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation.
Which themes will be highlighted this year?
Always assuming a current commitment to our "clinical" practice, in this 7th edition we will highlight such important topics as: surgical techniques that best favor the integration and aesthetics of soft tissues around teeth and implants, surgical resolution of failures in the rehabilitation with implants in aesthetic zone, to the workflow produced through the Digital Implantology to better potentiate the biological results of implant-supported rehabilitation, to the clinical discussion about aesthetic predictability in the rehabilitation approach with post-extractive alveolar implants, to an update on the different approaches in the treatment of peri-implant or the presentation of a patient-centered classification system for full-arch rehabilitation of the maxilla and mandible edentulous.
We are particularly pleased to maintain its main principle: to play an important role in the ongoing training of the oral health team in the fields of Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation. "
I believe that any of the themes mentioned in the guest speakers voice of the 7th IORC will meet the expectations of an increasingly demanding audience.
What weighed on the choice of international speakers?
The genesis of IORC arises from my contact with pioneering references of Implantology during my post-graduate training at the New York University College of Dentistry. In 1996 and in partnership with the same University we were able to organize the first edition of IORC in Lisbon.
From that date until today, I have tried to assign to this congress a stage visited by national and foreign speakers of undoubted clinical merit. In this edition and within the scope of the joint meeting with Dennis Tarnow Alumni & Friends International Symposium we will have the return to Portugal of Dr. Dennis Tarnow, Dr. Stephen Chu and Dr. Gary Greenstein.
In parallel, and sharing the same clinical excellence, we will have the presence of Professor Daniel Buser. It will be interesting to observe how different clinical perspectives in the aesthetic rehabilitation approach shared by Professor Daniel Buser and Dr. Dennis Tarnow may reflect a healthy battle of concepts, both with clinical success. I am equally certain that the other invited speakers, national and foreign, such as Professor Gil Alcoforado, Dr. Stefan Fickl, Dr. Jaime Jimenez, Dr. André. Chen or Professor Helena Francisco will greatly contribute to the success of this 7th Edition.
Simultaneously, and recognizing the importance of the prosthesis as a central element of oral rehabilitation, we are promoting at this congress a Summit dedicated to dental technicians. In this part of the congress we will have the valuable contribution of Dr. Luis Redinha and the prosthesis technicians Dr. Pedro Brito, Dr. Edson da Silva, Dr. Patrícia Lemos da Silva and Dr. João Fernandes.
This is an event that is bound to attract the attention of foreign dentists. How will you attract attention at the international level?
The dissemination of the seventh IORC has been made at various international conferences, online continuing education platforms, or through premium partner agents such as Straumann or Quintessence Publishing. The latter, will mark for the first time presence in the congress. Due to the complete absence of borders and rapid peer-to-peer communication, the use of social networks has also been a key factor. For the first time in an edition of the IORC and in view of its growing internationalization, an important partnership was also established with TAP benefiting all those who fly to Lisbon on 13 and 14 April.
In every edition we try to design IORC as a congress of excellence, so it becomes difficult to choose a particular moment. "
The program includes courses for oral hygienists and assistants. Is it important to have an event that covers the various oral health professionals?
No doubt. It is fundamental to consolidate the concept of dental medical equipment. This is a collective where the improvement and updating should be transversal to all its members. The long-term success in Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation depends not only on the work done by the dentist but also on a multidisciplinary team, including the dental assistant, dental technician and oral hygienist. That is why we continue to invest in the latest IORC editions in refresher courses dedicated to dental assistants and oral hygienists. In these courses we intend to describe and explain in detail the protocol instituted at the Implantology Institute in each of these areas in the patient subject to implant-supported rehabilitation.
Would you like to highlight some moment of the event?
In each edition we try to design IORC as a congress of excellence, so it becomes difficult to choose a particular moment. I think the two days of the congress should equally deserve the attention of the congressmen. In the previous answers I could highlight the main reasons why generalists and specialists do not stop participating. As well as their clinical teams.
As a teacher I leave my last message to the young dentists and students who will be able to observe in the Tarnow Alumni Tarnow & Friends International Symposium a well-deserved recognition of alumni to their "master" and a healthy spirit of knowledge sharing, in which all in the same humble position before knowledge. Dr. Dennis Tarnow is an example that will last forever in the scenario of contemporary Implantology.