“What a delight it was to take part in this meeting with a combination of six speakers, three from the United Kingdom and three from Japan, with a quality of material that would grace the finest of scientific meetings,” said Dr. Michael Norton (London), AO board member and Global Program Development (GPD) committee chair. “There was an emphasis on core-based evidence backed up by strong clinical examples.”
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Dr. Norton moderated the program, which was organized by the GPD committee vice-chair and AO UK Ambassador Dr. Stephen Jacobs (Glasgow, Scotland). The program offered six hours of verifiable continuing professional development to the approximately 50 attendees. Dr. Takashi Sumi (Ichinomiya-City, Aichi, Japan) was responsible for encouraging and organizing the Japanese group to travel to London for this unique event.
Ashok Sethi (London) opened the meeting with a lecture on predictable esthetic implant restoration and rehabilitation of the jaws using digital technology. The importance of CAD-CAM and guided surgery, coupled with clinical and diagnostic tools together with good communication with the dental technician was stressed. This way margins for error can be minimized and the delivery of predictable full-arch fixed cementable restorations can be ensured. The use of lab-made transfer restorations in the development of soft tissue was a key message.
Dr. Yoshiro Lida (Nagoya, Aichi, Japan) was next; he demonstrated excellent evidenced-based principles, guidelines, and diagnostic keys set out by Dr. J Kois in 2001 and addressed soft tissue principles. He showed a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach, some of which utilized orthodontic techniques, a novel tooth autotransplantation technique, and the root preservation technique, and backed it all up with outstanding clinical images.
After lunch, Professor Yasuhiro Nosaka (Ashiya, Hyogo, Japan) delivered a comprehensive and exceptional surgical revue, and masterful appreciation of the sinus bone graft. He gave a clear demonstration on the diagnosis and treatment of the sinus floor with relevant maxillary sinus pathology, using superb sequential CBCT images, with the immediate changes that occur in the sinus space in the days and weeks following the surgical procedures.
Dr. Stephen Barter (Eastbourne, East Sussex, England) was the next speaker and gave a succinct lecture on current trends in the rehabilitation of maxillary arches, and from his comprehensive literature review stressed what would be the most relevant treatment in individual cases. Quite soberingly, Dr. Barter revealed some clear points: there is not enough "good" evidence available, from the sparing amounts that currently exist, and clinicians must all be very aware that "evidence" may not necessarily be "good evidence."
To conclude the meeting, Dr. Kunihiko Teranishi (Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan) opened eyes to the application of photofunctionalization. The use of video projections and a skilled compilation of anecdotal clinical evidence made for an interesting presentation using this little known and understood concept.
The next UK Charter Chapter will be held in Spring/Summer 2015.
The Japanese group will host its inaugural Charter Chapter in Tokyo in 2015.
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