Editor’s pick“You can gain practical knowledge to improve treatment success”
After the success of the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium a few months ago, Dr. Peter Wöhrle will be a speaker and moderator at the upcoming Global Symposium 2020 in Las Vegas, US. One of a few doctors worldwide with formal specialty training in the interrelating areas of implant surgery, implant prosthodontics and dental implant technology, he gives insights into what implant professionals can expect at this world-class event.
Dr. Wöhrle, what inspires this event and what can dental professionals expect when they attend?
What motivates us is helping dental implant professionals around the world treat more patients better, with a better outcome and patient experience, and with a more streamlined, scientifically proven protocol. What challenges do they need to solve on a daily basis? How can they advance their skills and practice implant dentistry at the highest level? At the Global Symposium, you can gain practical knowledge to improve treatment success and skill sets with a mix of hands-on sessions, discussions and presentations from many experts.
What are the key topics that attendees can expect?
The programme is truly diverse because, as every clinician knows, we are faced with countless indications and treatment options. Immediate function and aesthetic outcomes are central topics covered in numerous sessions. Other topics of interest include hard and soft tissue regeneration, treatment planning, managing complications, extreme cases, ceramic implants, and more. And, of course, digital dentistry is fundamental to the future of our field, so we cover this topic across many sessions as well.
But most importantly, the scientific principles upon which these solutions are based, are presented in a logical and convincing way.
How can the sessions help clinicians grow their practice?
The patient experience is at the centre of what we do. A positive patient experience is probably the most effective way to raise patient awareness, increase exposure and thus profile for the practice. Delivering predictable aesthetic outcomes, combined with shorter time-to-teeth, is paramount in today’s market place. Therefore, these treatment approaches are reflected in many of the sessions.
What I always find exciting about Nobel Biocare symposia are the first revelations of innovative new solutions that have real potential to improve the way we can treat patients, and subsequently make my practice stand out from the rest. This year is no exception.
Can you tell us about the panel of speakers?
It’s a diverse group of experts from different specialties, both from clinical practice and scientific research, many of whom have been world-renowned for many years. What I find really exciting though, is that the next generation of experts are taking part in this symposium. They have already excelled in implant dentistry and are bringing a new approach and perspective to the field. This is your chance to experience the future leaders in implant dentistry.
How is this symposium different from the previous Symposia?
Today, Nobel Biocare cooperates closely with the other Envista companies, all of which will be joining Nobel Biocare in Las Vegas. Attendees will experience an even bigger range of solutions this time, including the latest equipment from KaVo Kerr and the clear aligners from Ormco.
For you personally, what do you like most about taking part in the Nobel Biocare Global Symposia?
I always like discovering the latest cutting-edge innovations from Nobel Biocare. But on a personal level, it’s extremely rewarding to network with other dental professionals. I learn so much from the experiences my colleagues are having, we compare the challenges we have to deal with, share different opinions about this exciting and rapidly evolving market. It can be challenging for a lot of practitioners and technicians to find the time to interact with their peers, but don’t underestimate how much you can learn from networking and socialising. I find this such a valuable part of the symposia experience.
Dr Peter Wöhrle received DMD and MMedSc (oral biology) degrees from Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, in addition to a specialty certificate in prosthodontics and a specialty certificate in implant dentistry. Prior to his studies in Boston, he completed a four-year dental technician program in Switzerland. At Harvard, he worked with others on developing the concept of Immediate Loading with Brånemark implants. Later, he applied these principles to the single tooth and the concept of immediate tooth replacement. He lectures worldwide, and his practice in Newport Beach, California, focuses exclusively on dental implants.