WCDT (World Congress on Dental Traumatology) 2018 was a first-of-its-kind event, jointly hosted jointly by the AAE and the International Association of Dental Traumatology. Held Aug. 15-18 in sunny San Diego, the four-day congress featured a whole host of prominent speakers – well-known experts in their respective fields.
More than 40 world-renowned experts in dental and orofacial trauma representing 13 countries on 5 continents were present at the truly global event — along with nearly 600 attendees.
“The AAE is no stranger to global representation. While our name may start with ‘American,’ make no mistake, our membership represents 74 countries!” said AAE President Dr. Patrick E. Taylor in his opening remarks.
Other highlights included JOE editor Dr. Ken Hargreaves’ “Regenerative Procedures for Immature Traumatized Teeth,” which described the three major steps in tissue engineering and how they apply to regenerating the pulp-dentin complex and communicated the clinical principles needed for regenerative endodontic procedures.
Dental Traumatology editor Dr. Paul Abbott spoke on “Strategies to Reduce the Consequences of Impact Trauma to the Teeth,” which described the favorable and unfavorable responses of the pulp, peri-radicular and soft tissues to impact trauma.
IADT President Dr. Nestor Cohenca’s “Diagnostic Imaging for Trauma Patients – Where Are We Today” communicated the clinical applications of current imaging technology in dental traumatology, reviewed the potential benefit of CBCT technology for diagnosis and treatment plan, and discussed the impact on treatment outcome and improved predictability.
AAE Vice President Alan H. Gluskin’s presentation, “The Law: Critical Considerations for the Clinician and the Trauma Patient,” discussed the fundamental legal principles that apply to all patients regardless of the origin or nature of the dental condition and differentiated the basic steps of documentation to be taken in cases of dental trauma, in order to save teeth and avoid legal consequences.
Missed those four speakers? Not to worry, they will also be speaking at AAE19 in Montreal!