Philadelphia — Penn Dental Medicine brought together leading international researchers and clinicians in the field of adhesive dentistry as hosts of the 2nd Biennial Meeting of the International Academy for Adhesive Dentistry (IAAD), held June 16-17. This two-day event, titled “Just bond it!,” was developed under the leadership of Dr. Markus Blatz, Professor and Chair of Preventive & Restorative Sciences at Penn Dental Medicine, and the current IAAD President.
“Dental adhesion (in simplified terms: “bonding”), along with new digital and CAD/CAM technologies, has literally transformed restorative dentistry. It allows us to be less invasive and apply the most esthetic materials, many of which rely on proper bonding techniques to function in the oral cavity,” says Dr. Blatz. “The IAAD is an international platform for connecting relevant research with excellent clinical care in adhesive dentistry. This philosophy was the main driver for the meeting.”
The “Just bond it!” program featured a roster of international speakers on a variety of topics within adhesive dentistry, poster sessions on current research, and a corporate scientific forum. In addition, there was an IAAD-sponsored consensus conference June 15 on the topic of restoration of endodontically treated teeth. Concurrently, a pre-conference hands-on course was presented by Dr. Simone Deliperi (Sardinia, Italy) on anterior and posterior composite-resin restorations.
“This course gave participants an opportunity to learn sophisticated techniques directly from one of the great masters,” notes Dr. Blatz. The course was held in Penn Dental Medicine’s recently opened state-of-the-art preclinical simulation laboratory.
The main program, which stretched over two days, was structured to showcase the wide field of adhesive dentistry from micro-invasive bonding techniques to dental laboratory protocols for indirect bonded restorations.
The poster sessions were an integral part of the meeting, with 29 poster presentations by attendees that included students, academic faculty, and junior researchers. Winners of the poster competition included the following in three categories:
Student Scientist Awards
Clinician Faculty Awards
Junior Scientist Award
Abstracts of all the posters presented and the outcomes of the consensus conference on the restoration of endodontically treated teeth will be featured in a special issue of Journal of Adhesive Dentistry, the publication date of which is still being determined. The abstracts are also available on the IAAD web site at www.adhesivedentistry.org
“The blend between scientific rigor and clinical excellence was received extremely well by the attendees and brought much enthusiasm,” adds Dr Blatz. “We had statements like “one of the best meetings I ever attended” from the standing-room only crowd.”
The next IAAD meeting will be held in 2019 in Bologna, Italy. “Penn Dental Medicine faculty will again play a lead role in the organization of this event, and in turn, in the progression of modern-day dental concepts and techniques around the world,” says Dr. Blatz.
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