For the first time, Osteo Science Foundation had the opportunity to collaborate with the New York State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. The Annual Meeting, which was held May 19th and 20th at NYC’s Weill Cornell Medical College, brought together local Oral and CranioMaxillofacial surgeons for an informative and lively weekend.
Dr. Craig M. Misch, DDS, MDS, Chair of Osteo Science Foundation’s Education Committee and one of the mentors in the Clinical Observership Program, was the meeting’s keynote speaker. He lectured on topics related to dental implants and regenerative medicine, sharing with the New York oral surgery community some of the most interesting and controversial findings from his clinical experience.
In his presentation, Changing Treatment Paradigms via Advances in Regenerative Materials & Implant Design, Dr. Misch spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of bone augmentation. Through his extensive research and experience, Dr, Misch, as an Oral and CranioMaxillofacial surgeon and prosthodontist dual specialist, has found that sufficient bone quantity for implant placement may be compromised following tooth loss and bone resorption, and as a result, bone augmentation is often required to place an adequate number of dental implants in ideal positions for prosthetic support. The benefits to this are: In addition to improving biomechanical conditions, bone enhancement can also provide proper ridge contour for improved esthetic outcomes. The disadvantages, however, can be overwhelming. They include increased morbidity, surgical time, costs and treatment length.
As such, Dr. Misch noted that a trend has developed toward more minimally invasive approaches. He gave his listeners a look at alternative methods that minimize the morbidity of bone grafting, and he offered guidance to clinicians on implant rehabilitation with grafting and non-grafting approaches.
Outside of his work with Osteo Science Foundation, Dr. Misch is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the Universities of Florida, Alabama and Michigan Departments of Periodontics and Prosthodontics. He is also on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, Implant Dentistry and the Journal of Oral Implantology. Dr. Misch has authored more than 45 publications, including 14 textbook chapters, and he lectures extensively on the topics of reconstructive surgery, bone grafting, implant surgery and prosthodontics. He has been designated as a “Leader in Continuing Education” by Dentistry Today.
The New York State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is the Society that represents oral and maxillofacial surgeons in New York State. The purpose of the Society is to promote and advance the science of Oral and CranioMaxillofacial surgery and to safeguard the interest of the public and the specialty of Oral and CranioMaxillofacial surgery by elevating the professional standards of the practice; encouraging advancement in research and programs of Oral and CranioMaxillofacial surgical education; and enlightening the dental and medical professions and the general public in matters relating to Oral and CranioMaxillofacial surgery.