Dr. Cross – Checking in from the DVAO 2016 ANNUAL MEETING, PHILADELPHIA

A gathering of world-class clinicians, periodontists, oral surgeons and others with a shared interest in Implant Dentistry

So, you may be asking … “What (or who) is DVAO?” It’s the Delaware Valley Academy of Osseointegration – an organization committed to the rapidly emerging discipline of Implant Dentistry. The group represents a combination of periodontists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, general dentists, residents and graduate students learning from each other in an open, collegial environment. 

Held at the HUB at Cira Center in Philadelphia, there are a number of reasons to attend the DVAO annual meeting. We get to meet world-class clinicians, share the latest advances, exchange best practices and grow the knowledge base of our field.

At the forefront of this year’s scientific session was the biological management of soft tissues around dental implants and its potential impact on the long-term success of dental implants – a topic I find of interest. Dr. Tomas Linkivicius, a prosthodontist and pioneer in the field from the Institute of Odontology at Vilnius University in Lithuania, discussed his work on vertical tissue augmentation and the implications for marginal bone maintenance.

As I listened to Dr. Linkivicius, I was struck in that his existing study protocols did not include atraumatic, flapless, guided or immediate implant placement techniques currently utilized at the Amsterdam Dental Group. This represents a great opportunity to bring our MIDI procedure to the forefront with world opinion leaders in periodontics and fixed prosthodontics. It also can help improve upon more traditional approaches to delayed implant therapy. I personally look forward to collaborating in future research with Dr. Linkivicius and this subject.

What lies ahead? As DVAO continues to advance multidisciplinary collaboration and discovery among experts in the field of implant dentistry, look for me and others within our practice to be present work and research at this meeting in the near future. Together, we will create and implement educational programs, funded research programs and advancements all to benefit patients of all ages. For more information visit: www.DVAO.org

DVAO Annual Meeting 2016