Providing all the attendees with practical, evidence-based solutions to contemporary implant-based treatment issues was the aim of the ITI Congress North America in Chicago and the 1,200 participants were not disappointed: an excellent scientific program, top speakers from the USA, Canada and abroad, innovative features such as the ITI Tech Pods certainly made the congress a much anticipated and appreciated event for the implant dentistry community in North America.
“Connectivity in Implant Dentistry: Putting the Pieces together” was the title of this year’s congress that was held at the Downtown Marriott Hotel and was co-hosted by the Canadian and US ITI Sections as a team for the first time. This cooperation received a sad blow when ITI Section Canada Chair Tim Head tragically passed away just a few days before the congress took place. The organizing team and participants paid tribute to his memory at the start of the congress during the opening address.
The three-day congress started off with a new program item, the “Corporate Business Forum” at which selected learning opportunities were offered by the exhibiting partners. A Practice Management Forum was also part of the first day and was hosted, as always, by Straumann.
The scientific program followed on Friday and the main sessions focused on the connectivity theme from the various perspectives of treatment team members. Will Martin opened the morning by defining the treatment process as a puzzle made up of different pieces that fit together to treat patients in an interdisciplinary manner. Breakout sessions in both Surgical and Restorative explored the theme further. A poster presentation was also held and was won by Duangkamol Jiamjariyapon from Harvard University.
Saturday’s session centered on the puzzle piece of complications and also included the highly appreciated technology pods – a rotating educational platform for clinicians to find out about the latest advances in dentistry today. The congress concluded with the award ceremony for the winner of the 18th André Schroeder Research Prize, Dr. Jung-Chul Park from South Korea.
The congress promised fun, friendship and learning and delivered on its promise 100%. “It was wonderful to welcome international clinicians Urs Belser and ITI President Daniel Buser to our meeting. Feedback from participants indicates that for many the puzzle is a step closer to completion, thanks to the congress”, says Frank Higginbottom, Chair of the Scientific Program Committee.
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