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13 Snippets From The ADI National Forum Lectures



A few weeks ago I had the eye-opening experience of listening to speakers at the Association of Dental Implantology’s National Forum. In UK dental schools, implantology isn’t a huge part of our curriculum so before the conference I really didn’t know what to expect. This year the conference was held in Manchester. Topics ranged from the future of implant digital workflows, tackling peri-implantitis, to the latest bone regeneration materials.


Below are a few of the take home messages I got from listening to the speakers at the event!

1. Implants are going to become a much more mainstream part of general dentistry over the next decade.

2. Shifts in patient expectations mean that implant dentistry can be life changing, especially for patients with orofacial deformities.

3. Implant designs are becoming more and more in the hands of dentists.

4. Future implant coatings could reduce incidences of peri-implantitis.

5. Periodontitis and peri-implantitis have overlapping, but different, pathogens detected in pockets, meaning targeted antimicrobial therapy could be key in the treatment of peri-implantitis.

6. Digital workflows and guided surgery are making implant dentistry more predictable and less stressful for dentists.

7. Dynamic navigation could be the future with further enhanced accuracy when placing implants.

8. 3D printing and CBCT are moving into dental practices more and more.

9. Looking at failure cases are key in becoming better clinicians.

10. As research for slow drilling protocols develop, it could become more and more common in the future.

11. Bone expansion techniques mean that primary stability can be achieved in patients with lower bone levels.

12. A new technique of osseodensification can result in a higher bone volume and higher quality bone.

13. The antimicrobial properties of graphene could mean it has a huge future in dentistry.

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12 Mistakes You Always Make in an Exam



1. Forget your candidate number


2. Forgetting which location the exam is in


3. Forgetting your seat number


4. And then sitting in the wrong seat…


5. …Then the person comes and asks you to move


6. Forgetting to take stuff out of your pockets


7. Forgetting to turn your phone off


8. Forgetting your stationary


9. Misreading the question


10. Not paying attention to the time


11. Forgetting to turn over the page and realise there is another question


12. Forgetting to actually revise 🙈


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Top 5 Clinical Cases This Week



1. Calculus Build Up

2. Smile Design

3. Orthodontic Treatment

4. Radiographic Diagnosis

5. Diastema Closure


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13 Struggles You Had on Your First Clinical Session



1. When you realise you’ve picked the wrong sized glove


2. When you get the right size you only end up ripping it


3. The struggle of putting on gloves


4. When you have a brand new kit and you realise the probe is missing


5. Or having a bent probe


6. That moment when you place the mirror on the bracket table only for it to disappear


7. When your alginate mix didn’t have enough water


8. Only for your next batch to have to much


9. When you forget your patient bib only to realise half way through treatment


10. Trying to remember which bands link to each BPE score


11. Remembering to do a BPE


12. When anything brown looks like caries


13. That feeling when it all comes together and you help the pt smile again


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