Dennis Tarnow Alumni & Friends Symposium with Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: A New Era of Knowledge and Technology in Implant Dentistry Venice Italy, May 25-26, 2012
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
We hope that by listening to the evidence-based presentations, reading the top ten Implantology articles (Link to Top 10 Articles) and participating in the ensuing discussions you had a rewarding and enlightening academic experience.
The dialogue generated by our excellent moderators, Dr. Robert Eskow, Dr. Marco Esposito and Dr. Francesco Amato, should have helped to further your knowledge and remind you to constantly seek and analyze new data and trends in the field.
We hope that you enjoyed interacting with your colleagues, reuniting with former classmates and making new friends.
We look forward to welcoming and stimulating you at future conferences.
Ground Breaking Two-Day Symposium in Venice Italy
Dr. Dennis Tarnow led a group of international speakers during a two-day symposium which concluded with a keynote presentation given by Dr. Henry Salama, former Director of Implant Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
It is rare at a symposium that both basic science research and clinical applications can be presented side by side in a seamless fashion. Dr. Tarnow offered insights after each presentation which tied the content together and reflected the relevance.
Dr. Jeremy Mao, Senior Associate Dean for Research at Columbia University, gave a fascinating presentation on stem cell research and the quest to regrow teeth or components of teeth like cementum, thereby giving it the potential to add cementum onto Implants. Dr. Mao has been able to grow a tooth in a rodent model and he assures us that the future is certainly in regenerative medicine and stem cells will have a role in dentistry in the coming years.
The basic science research portion of the symposium was rounded out by Dr. Sang-Choon Cho of New York University. He gave a presentation on how students in implant training program are quite capable of performing high quality research that can help advance the discipline of implant dentistry. One of the key areas was identifying potential complications and their management in implant dentistry.
The many clinical presentations were introduced by Dr. Tarnow - who has been fondly called the ‘Banana Man’, a character from a popular TV show in the 1950’s. As stated by Dr. Tarnow, a master clinician must have a wide range of therapies available. He or she may not use them all the time, but when needed an idea is pulled out, like the banana man pulled out another banana from his many pockets.
Dr. Stephen Chu, Associate Clinical Professor at Columbia University and Dr. Tarnow co-presented a riveting talk on whether bone grafting was required to fill in the socket gap in immediate implant placement in the esthetic zone. This was an extremely provocative presentation, putting forth the following concepts:
These concepts were supported by accompanying presentations. Dr. Teruaki Homma from Japan looked at a new prosthetic protocol to reduce the number of times the healing abutment is removed. The utilization of scanning technology will give dentists the ability to do this, by scanning the abutments for completing the final restorations as opposed to fixture level for impressions.
Next, Dr. Donal Blackwell discussed methods to force erupt anterior teeth prior to extraction to maintain soft tissue architecture. He achieved this through using a uniquely designed bonded bridge and orthodontic elastic.
Finally, Dr. Sergio Buda of Italy brought all these concepts together with his presentation on anterior tooth replacement strategies and considerations.
The management of implants was the topic of two more presentations. The first was by Dr. Luis Codina of Spain, discussing how Zygoma implants can be a predictable alternative to sinus lifts when replacing molar teeth with implants.
Dr. James Fine, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Programs at Columbia University discussed bone substitutes and the effects of certain systemic issues in their healing, especially the patients vitamin D levels. Dr. Salama’s keynote address covered a wider range of these topics in a way that the clinician can systematically evaluate their patients, and then treat to get more optimal esthetic results.
As Dr. Tarnow explained, the conference allowed the participants to leave with additional knowledge to assist in the future treatment of their patients. This was achieved through a more dynamic symposium approach through the incorporation of current literature, engaging moderators and increased audience participation. All in all the conference was a great success and a good time was had by all who joined Dennis in Venice.
The online downloadable recordings of the Tarnow Alumni and Friends Symposium of May 25-26, 2012 are now available both in MP3 or MP4 format!
Continuing Education at Columbia University
Coming up at Columbia University on December 7 & 8th: