DR. AMANDA SEAY, COSMETIC DENTIST IN CHARLESTON, SC, ATTENDS IVOCLAR VIVADENT’S FUTURE OF RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2013
Ivoclar Vivadent hosted 30 leading dentists, including Dr. Seay of Charleston, SC, from across North America and Europe on Thursday and Friday, January 10th and January 11th, for the Future of Restorative Dentistry Leadership Summit. During the event held in Orlando, Florida, several national and international lecturers presented on a wide range of topics affecting restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In addition, the attendees were asked to try new products under development and give feedback. All in all, it was an excellent time for fellowship and learning!
Dr. George Tysowsky welcomed attendees and provided a program introduction. Robert Ganley, CEO, then addressed the group with a discussion of his view for the future of strategy and innovation.
The first day’s agenda was dedicated to direct restoratives and the future of direct composite restorations. Presenters included Dr. John Burgess, Assistant Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; Dr. Michael Sesemann, former president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry; and Dr. Reinhard Hickel, Chairman of the Dental School, University of Munich. They discussed bulk fill restorative materials, emphasizing that they do work. This presentation was supplemented by Dr. Carlos Munoz, Director of the Clinical Biomaterials Research Center, SUNY at Buffalo School of Dentistry, who provided details of independent investigations regarding the use of Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill.
During presentations on the second day, Dr. Frederick Rueggeberg, Director of Dental Materials for Georgia Health Sciences University, discussed the science of light-polymerization. This talk was followed later in the morning with a presentation about the science of adhesive cementation, which was presented by Dr. Matthias Kern, Chairman, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University at Kiel.
“This summit brought together an esteemed collection of presenters and a great group of professionals,” said Dr. George Tysowsky, Vice President of Research and Development forIvoclar Vivadent. “We discussed very important trends that are currently impacting dentistry, including Bulk Fill restorative materials, new technologies, and new cementation protocols.”
A new and innovative chemistry relating to composite technology—Ivocerin—was also introduced during the program. Ivocerin is patented and found in Ivoclar Vivadent’s Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill material.
Rounding out the agenda were clinical roundtables, presentations on the applications of next generation cements (such as Multilink Automix), and town-hall style meetings addressing implants, stress, the impact of the economy on practices and patients, digital dentistry, and eliminating confusion among different techniques (such as self-etch and total-etch).