The Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meeting brings together clinicians from around the world in one location to share advancements and best practices in implant dentistry. This year, the meeting included a special Focus on China Symposium where four speakers from different regions of China presented their clinical experiences on a range of topics.
Caption: AO Annual Meeting includes Focus on China Symposium, which was translated into Mandarin for some audience members.
“China is booming not only economically, but in the medical and dental field as well. Everyone knows it’s a big population, which means a large patient pool to support the study of new techniques and procedures to advance evidence-based dentistry,” said Dr. Chao Ji from China, currently a periodontics resident in Maryland, who helped to translate the Symposium from English to Mandarin for attendees who were listening via headset.
Dr. Dehua Li moderated the sessions on Friday and presented his own experience. He was grateful for the opportunity to share what he and his colleagues are doing in implant dentistry.
“Implant dentistry is getting more dynamic in China and is growing fast. We have had many chances to improve our techniques. It’s a good opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to our international colleagues,” he said.
The Symposium featured four presentations. The first presentation covered research from the past decade on immediate loading of zygomatic implants and the long-term results after lateral sinus floor elevation. The remaining presentations featured techniques ranging from treating adult ectodermal dysplasia patients with atrophied jaws to the lateral mini-window approach for modified sinus floor elevation to treating patients with untreated periodontitis.
Attendees described Dr. James Chow’s presentation as “fantastic” and “really cutting-edge.” They appreciated his explanation of the delicacy of surgical and prosthetic treatment and how to help those who may not benefit the most from conventional implant rehabilitation.
Beyond this Focus on China Symposium, the AO Meeting provided an opportunity for people from all around the world to learn more about Chinese implant practices and advancements.
“Speakers from China presented throughout the main program on the methods and procedures being used in China, one of the world’s fastest-growing dental implant markets,” added Dr. Peter Moy, 2016 AO Annual Meeting Program Chairman. “This was an excellent way to represent China to AO’s global membership.”
“It’s been great to see our international colleagues from China at the meeting and get to network and see what they’re doing overseas,” said Dr. Daniel Taub.