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A Unique Offering for the Whole Dental Team at the ADI Team Congress 2017

Team Programme – Hygienists and Therapists

When it comes to dental implants, it’s important to involve the entire dental team. While dental hygienists and therapists might not place the implants, they are instrumental in encouraging long-term success of treatment. By understanding the procedure, products and materials involved, they can help implant patients both pre and post treatment – optimising oral health before and helping to maintain patients’ oral health after for reduced post operative complications and effective healing.

“For dental hygienists and therapists, the aim of the Congress is to help you better understand the complexities of implant treatment and highlight that some research may be flawed. By implementing a standardised approach with protocols that have been properly tried and tested, you will deliver a higher quality of care and ultimately, protect your patients.

“The ADI Team Congress is unique in that it’s the only event of this calibre which is team-orientated – there’s simply nothing else like it. Hygienists and therapists can pay to undergo training in the maintenance of implants, but then they only receive one perspective. The educational programme at the ADI Team Congress is designed to address the team as a whole, providing more information and enhancing general understanding of the entire process. Not only can this help to make the professional’s role more fulfilling, but it also has a huge impact on the quality of patient care delivered. As a registered charity, this is key for the ADI, which constantly strives to educate and enhance dental care for the general public.”

Nik Pandya’s session during the Friday lecture programme will help you assess scientific papers for credibility and relevance. You’ll then have the opportunity to hear about “Implementing protocols for our implant patients” from Julia Wilson, who offers more than 20 years’ experience of working with patients at all stages of implant treatment. She says:

“For some time the dental hygienist has felt that they have a seemingly peripheral role in the world of dental implants; it is my belief that as a hygienist our role is of paramount importance in the maintenance of these patients. I feel passionately that in a world where implants are becoming more commonplace, we need to be brought in from the cold. Having attended previous ADI Congresses, I can promise you the ADI Team Congress 2017 will be a pleasurable, memorable event and a wonderful opportunity for all members.”

In the afternoon, leading industry representatives will give a thought-provoking glimpse into the future of dental innovation. You will be able to engage with experts developing the products, materials and technologies of tomorrow, learning about the exciting new benefits to become available to you, your practice and your patients.

The final session of the day will see dental hygienists and therapists joined by nurses and practice managers for a truly all-inclusive lecture by David Holmes. Outlining the basic features of implant surfaces and possible associations with peri-implant disease, David will discuss best practice for dental hygienists and therapists and routine maintenance protocols.

“Long-term maintenance of dental implants is an ongoing problem for all hygienists,” he says. “We understand very well how to maintain teeth with regular hygiene and we have the instruments and tools to easily clean and debride teeth. But implants are not so simple. They have been a wonderful solution for tooth replacement, however, there is, justifiably, growing concern over peri-implantitis and debate over the best way to prevent and treat peri-implantitis. This lecture will shed light on this difficult topic and give delegates the knowledge they need to help their patients.”

Team Programme – Nurses and Practice Managers

Nurses can sometimes feel isolated and lack confidence in the field of dental implantology, as it is often regarded as a highly clinical field and training tends to focus on the dentist. However, at the ADI Team Congress, dental nurses will be able to develop their knowledge of the clinical techniques and materials associated with dental implant treatment, enabling them to become more involved in the process once back in their practices.

The Past-President of the British Association of Dental Nurses, Fiona Ellwood, is supporting the speaker line-up and begins the proceedings on Friday morning with: “Let’s think global, but through a different lens”. The lecture will look at the skills required by Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) and also at the career opportunities and progression available to them in this field of dentistry.

Other relevant topics in the programme include calming and reassuring phobic patients, enhancing management of implant treatment, improving dental photography and the digital workflow, with eminent speakers such as Jennifer Pinder, Rachel Hughes, Jonathon Schofield and Andrew Legg presenting.

David Holmes will conclude the day with dental nurses, dental hygienists and therapists and practice managers coming together for an impressive finale. As a highly esteemed dental implantologist, he will discuss the latest scientific findings, explore challenges in this field and present modern management protocols. He comments:

“I hope delegates attending my lecture will gain a better understanding of how to clean implants to support their long-term health, which instruments and technologies to use, when and why. This will allow dental nurses to have a better understanding of what implants are made of, what differs between different implants and how they differ from teeth. In turn, this will help the practice support patients with dental implants over the long-term life of that implant.

“Dental implants have been a wonderful solution for tooth replacement. However, there is, justifiably, growing concern over peri-implantitis and debate over the best way to prevent and treat peri-implantitis. This lecture will shed light on this difficult topic and give delegates the knowledge they need to help their patients.”

ADI Team Congress 2017 – 2-4 March – ExCeL London

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20 February 2017