Program Track: Regeneration/Tissue Engineering
Moderator: Guy Huynh-Ba
Speakers: Giuseppe Cardaropoli, Hom-Lay Wang
About half a century after the discovery of osseointegration, the initial focus of implant dentistry - which was to replace missing teeth - has expanded to include dental implants and planning considerations prior to tooth extraction. Over the last few decades, studies on wound healing have shed light on the unfavorable dimensional changes of the alveolar ridge following tooth extraction (if left undisturbed). The knowledge gained has been crucial in the development of clinical treatment strategies to optimally restore the function and esthetic of missing teeth.