Karachi : Dental News organized and conducted the first DN Expert Symposium 2014. The event held at Royal Rodale Club, Karachi attracted participation from all leading colleges. The symposium titled Clinical Implantology was organized and hosted by Dental News. The Key Clinical Speakers for the event were Prof. Dr Navid Rashid, Dr Yawar Abidi, Dr. Sameer Quraeshi and Dr Irfan Qureshi. The Gold Sponsors of the event were Henry Schein and Chughtai Dental Supply.
The Guests of Honours for the event were Dr Asif Niaz Arain, Dr Anwar Saeed and Dr Mahmood Shah for their extraordinary performance at the APDF elections.
The proceedings started with the recitation from the holy Quran followed by Prof. Dr Navid Rashid a well-known Oral Surgeon, President PDA Karachi Chapter and Principal of Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry was the first speaker of the evening. Dr Navid highlighted the importance of anticipation as this helps minimal complications since one has planned the case well before the treatment is done. He said that there have been various advancements in the field of Clinical Implantology, and now with the availability of Bones and Membranes – the chances of failure have reduced considerably.
Addressing a full house, Dr. Navid Rashid, stressed the need of getting patient’s consent about the procedure in writing so as to avoid legal issues later. Prof Navid’s presentation on complications in Implantology was an eye opener for the audience focusing issues which are seldom talked about.
Sharing his experiences he said that with the advent of 3D technology, dentists stand to gain a lot more which will eventually benefit the patients. He said that ideal safety margin of 2mm is a must and always remember that implants involves 4 eyes and 4 hands, which means having a very good assistant is mandatory. Angulations is important for the success of implants and patients history is a must as the dentist must know if the patient is suffering from any disease like diabetes, osteoporosis or some other illness which may affect the bone absorption.
Dr. Syed Yawar Ali Abidi; a Fellow and an Associate Professor and Head, Department of Operative Dentistry DIKIOHS – DOW University, director for MDS and Supervisor of the FCPS programme. Dr Yawar during the course of his presentation explained how it is important to treat each patient with an assigned treatment protocol. He gave a comprehensive clinical presentation comparing and differentiating implants and endodontics. Dr. Yawar Abidi in his presentation stressed the need of mentorship and said that the focus of our treatment should be patient centered and self-centered. Citing his experience he said that he has seen complications in 34% of the patients after 5 years, so implant complications are not rare and 95% implants are just serving for 5 years. Based on his experiences he feels that Endo should be the treatment of choice and implants should be the last option. Dr Yawar also pointed towards the high incidence of peri-implantitis. He said that this is a problem of growing concern, and proper implant placement protocols must be followed to ensure that such problems don’t occur.
Dr. Sameer Quraeshi, Masters in Clinical Science from the University of Manchester and an Asst. Professor Department of Prosthetics at FJDC, is a renowned prosthodontist and consultant implantologist. Dr Sameer laid special emphasis on how Implant Prosthetics actually determines the success of a clinical implant. He said that most clinicians err in the prosthetic element, and it is because of this that implant failures are seen.
Dr. Irfan Qureshi, MSc in Prosthodontics from King’s College; Diplomate of the RCS and ICOI, currently the Head, Department of Prosthetics at SSDC, well-known both nationally and internationally for his sound understanding of the subject. Dr Irfan gave a comprehensive presentation on case selection, insertion protocols and implant prosthetics. He said that Success or failure of implants depends on the health of the person receiving it, drugs which impact the chances of osseointegration and the health of the tissues in the mouth. The amount of stress that will be put on the implant and fixture during normal function is also evaluated. Planning the position and number of implants is key to the long-term health of the prosthetic since biomechanical forces created during chewing can be significant. The position of implants is determined by the position and angle of adjacent teeth, lab simulations or by using computed tomography with CAD/CAM simulations and surgical guides called stents. The prerequisites to long-term success of osseointegrated dental implants are healthy bone and gingiva.
Dental News organized this Symposium, aiming to provide the dental professionals with the opportunity to attend world-class education, network with colleagues from down the street and around the globe; and to learn about current products and technologies – especially the tips and tricks of how not to fail in Implant Dentistry. By virtue of such events, Dental News aims to bring the science of dentistry at par with recent advances in global dental education and research.
The programme’s gold sponsor was Henry Schein represented in Pakistan by Chughtai Dental Supplies. Henry Schein, Inc. is the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs nearly 17,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 800,000 customers.
The Company has entered Pakistan Market and taken it by storm with the introduction of products and solutions. The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 96,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 110,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
The programme offered 2 credit hours to all the registered participants courtesy ICOI and the symposium ensured that the audience take back latest advancements in clinical Implantology. Speaking to Dental News, Dr Fahmed Patel one of the leading Practitioners of Pakistan said, ‘I would like to congratulate the entire team of Dental News for such a well-organized event. I have never seen a program so well coordinated and planned.’
The program saw virality on the social media, both Facebook and Twitter. Participants were encouraged to engage using #DNES14. Dental News has received numerous emails to conduct more programs focusing on other specialties; ‘I want Dental News to conduct programs on all specialties especially endodontics’, said Dr Muhammad Ali who is an MCPS Trainee at FJDC.
Dental News once again fulfilled its promise of delivering what is promised and will continue to hold similar high profile events for the benefit of the dental fraternity. The programme was followed by a sumptuous dinner.