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Orthopedics Meets Dentistry - Virtuelle Podiumsdiskussion

Orthopedics Meets Dentistry brings together the disciplines of orthopedics and dentistry again in 2023 to rise to the challenge of sustained chronic low-grade inflammation around medical implants.

A ‘which came first the chicken or the egg?’ question: By weakening the immune system, does chronic inflammation predispose, cause, or exacerbate a disorder? Or does the disorder trigger an onslaught of (chronic) inflammation? Or are both true, and fueling a vicious circle of inflammation?  

The damaging consequences of chronic inflammation to the overall health of a patient generally and to the survival of implants specifically are common to both disciplines. Our experts will illustrate why inflammation is more prevalent in some patients and explain the role of implant material in limiting — or exacerbating —, as the case may be, inflammation and ultimately implant survival. 

Under discussion are the risk factors for persistent chronic inflammation, the complexity of early detection and the degree of awareness by both orthopedic surgeons and implantologists for non-acute sterile inflammatory processes. The relative differences and similarities between the two disciplines will guide the answers to these challenging questions on the common ground of implantology. 

Orthopedics Meets Dentistry provides a valuable open discussion space for debate and consideration between the distinctly different disciplines that share in the challenges of medical implantation.

Diskussionsteilnehmer 2023

Prof. Catherine Van Der Straeten MD

Clinical Research Expert

Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium

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Prof. Alister Hart MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Royal National Orthopedic Hospital, London, UK

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Prof. Ralf Smeets MD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany

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