Posted on December 15, 2011

Biohorizons; WS-Fusion London: The Art and Science of Implant Therapy

The luxurious venue for this truly international event was the Mayfair Hotel in London. Being in the city centre with Buckingham Palace just around the corner, this was an ideal place to reach for the delegates many of whom had travelled across Europe.
Having travelled down early that morning with several colleagues it was good to get started with a cup of coffee in hand. The course was centred on the predictable aesthetic outcome in dental implantology. It covered a host of topics including bone augmentation, soft tissue grafts and prosthetic design techniques for the optimal implant placement.
The hotel did not disappoint, by providing state of the art audiovisual technology in a comfortable lecture theatre. This allowed Dr Marius Steigmann to kick things off in style. This esteemed clinician practices at both the University of Boston and at his own institute near Heidelberg in Germany. Having attended his institute earlier in the summer, this was going to be second time I had heard him in five months. His opening lecture on “flap design to promote soft tissue augmentation around dental implants” is a must for every clinician interested in this field. His ability to educate his audience audience whilst holding their attention is masterful.
Dr Hom-Lay Wang who practices at the University of Michigan is the associated editor of JOMI. Having crossed the Atlantic after celebrating his birthday (not sure if these guys sleep!), he shared his knowledge in predictable implant aesthetics.
By the end of the second day the value of the information gained from two world renowned clinicians was evident. Both of these guys complimented each other in terms of style and more importantly by demonstrating how they care for their patients. The question and answer sessions held at the end of day allowed for a wonderful learning experience as the Fusion team shared their extensive and very practical knowledge.
And so on to Sundays hands on course. The delegates then got a chance to have a go at what had been taught. As usual pig’s heads provided the surgical field to practice new surgical techniques. As you can imagine there are nicer things to do on a Sunday morning but as far as clinical improvement was concerned this was a fitting end to what was one of the best courses I’ve attended. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Biohorizons and their staff for another great one!
Scot Muir BDS (Glas) MFGDP Rcs Eng, Msc Implant Dentistry (Warwick)
Scot currently works at Loveyoursmile Dental Care Prestwick/Hamilton and Whitecross Dental Care Edinburgh/Greenock. He provides the clinical implant training for the UcLan and the Ultimate Implant Year Course for Smiletube. All implant patient referrals are very welcome.


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