BANGALORE: Bangaloreans will soon have a reason to smile as dentists from around the globe arrive to participate in the first South Asian Implant Symposium. This event, organised by Implant Study Group (ISG) in association with the International Congress of Oral implantologists (ICOI), is scheduled to take place at the Grand McGrath hotel on April 14 and 15. Dr Sriprakash K S, vice chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences will inaugurate the symposium.
The Chairman of the symposium, Dr S Girish Rao, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon said, “The symposium will feature both international and national speakers, and will cover advances in implant dentistry.” He went on to give an overview about surgical implants.
“Dental implants are placeholders made of titanium for fixing a variety of dental prostheses. They are functionally much more effective than dentures. In case of trauma, cancer or congenital defects, people might lose parts of their face like the ear, eye and nose. Latest innovations enable permanent maxillofacial implants to be fixed into facial bones which can then support the prothesis. Using this technique, almost natural facial features can be reconstructed,” he said.
Speaking about the popularity of the implant technique in India, Dr Girish said, “In the western countries, two implants are provided to each citizen as part of their social security. But it is only in the last two decades that the technique has caught on in India.”
Some of the topics that will be covered in the conference are the use of information technology for diagnosis and treatment planning, use of PRF in bone augmentation, sinus lift techniques in cases of compromised maxilla, increasing patient comfort through use of conscious sedation and computer assisted anaesthesia. Discussions are also scheduled to address rehabilitation with dental implants for various clinical situations.
Twenty speakers have been finalised and more than 500 delegates are expected to attend the proceedings. Pre-conference programmes are to be held in RV dental college, M S Ramaiah dental college and V S dental college on various aspects of implants with hands on training.