Science, practice, and ethics of implant dentistry

03 February 2017 Congress
Portrait of Dr Patrick Hescot, FDI President

Dr James Taylor, Academy of Osseointegration Vice-President, describes FDI 2017 Madrid as an important platform for promotion of their organization's work and that of other FDI Member Associations.

AO's session has become a tradition at the FDI World Dental Congress. What makes FDI 2017 Madrid, and the FDI Congress in general, a good venue for focusing on osseointegration issues?

As FDI is the worldwide, authoritative and independent voice of the dental profession, it attracts oral health practitioners, researchers, educators and representatives from industry, from around the world. With more than 10,000 participants anticipated, FDI Madrid 2017 will be the largest international dental congress of the year and will provide an important platform for AO to promote the science, practice, and ethics of implant dentistry.

The subject of the AO symposium in Madrid is Improving Clinical Outcomes in Implant Dentistry. Why this theme... and why now?

In 2017 we have the knowledge, technology and instrumentation to further improve predictability of patient outcomes in implant dentistry. Our AO speakers this year will explore some of the nuances of the more advanced concepts in the current practice of implant dentistry.

The symposium speakers are from Spain and France, the symposium co-Chair is from Germany and you, as symposium chair and AO Vice-President, are from Canada. What added value comes from the ‘international approach’ in osseointegration?

Some of AO’s biggest strengths are its global reach and constituency. As a true international organization, we bring together the best thinking in implant dentistry, through multiple cultural lenses that allow us to create a global community of practice and share knowledge in a way that is relevant to practitioners around the world. This in turn results in better care for patients everywhere.

Dental implants are now a regular item on the FDI congress agenda. Why is this, and, as AO Vice President, what will be the main subjects of discussion in this field in the next three or four years?

Dental implants are a very appropriate topic for the FDI AWDC, and they are an integral element of the practice of dentistry. The Academy of Osseointegration has always been committed to catalyzing and sharing evidence-based advances in the rapidly evolving domain of implant dentistry. In the coming years, we must continue to emphasize the need to incorporate the most current evidence and technology to continuously improve the quality and predictability of oral health care we provide to our patients in implant dentistry, and how to improve access to that care for more patients around the world.

The AO symposium is part of the FDI Madrid 2017 scientific programme and CERP continuing education (CE). Is AO involved in any other FDI CE programme activities?

AO has recently made a further commitment in its partnership with FDI, now also engaging in FDI’s Global CE Programme by sponsoring selected AO members to speak in FDI GCEP events taking place in their own region. Our first of these will take place in Shanghai in September.

AO recently changed its FDI membership from ‘supporting’ to ‘affiliate’: what advantages do you hope this will bring?

I was very pleased to accept our certificate of Affiliate Membership in FDI on behalf of AO during the 2016 FDI World Parliament in Poznan, Poland. As an Affiliate Member, our partnership with FDI speaks to the global presence and prominence of the AO, and AO’s commitment to enabling better patient care worldwide. The primary advantage of our progression in FDI membership status is the opportunity it affords us to further support the FDI Mission elements of promoting the ethics, art, science and practice of dentistry, and the delivery of the best possible oral health care.