Dr Srdjan Cvejanović shares his impression of the IDS show in Cologne.
For someone not familiar with dentistry, it may be hard to perceive just how big an event the International Dentistry Show in Cologne is. In 2019, some 160,000 visitors attended the show in 5 days, including dentists and experts from related fields from 166 different countries.
The focus of this year’s show was the installing process of dentistry software on specialized computers, in order to automate a variety of treatments as much as possible. Today, dentists can obtain lab results, send jaw images in order to fabricate crowns, compare their results with the ones from their colleagues, and much more without leaving their office, and even without having to send any emails. As clinics increasingly modernize their equipment with computerized devices, the challenge now is to enable all these platforms to “communicate”, considering that they come from different designers and manufacturers.
Still, what left the strongest impression on me were two latest items which, though based on computer technology, still fall under the category of tangible. The first is a new implant system fresh out of Nobel Biocare workshop called NobelParallel Conical Connection. It is advertised as providing maximum flexibility, i. e. adjustability to any type of jaw, with the other major feature being its swift osseointegration. On top of this, the system is easy to place making the whole procedure faster, which is especially important when we need to place a full mouth restoration in one day. This implant system will very likely become part of standard offer at Cvejanović Clinic.
The other product which is particularly interesting to ambitious private clinics, as we aspire to be, is inLab MC X5, made by Sirona Dental Systems Inc. It is an in-clinic production unit which fabricates a dental crown according to a 3D image. Using this device we are able to reduce the cost of fabrication and speed up the implant placement procedure. Crowns are already being made at our clinic, and MC X5 would be an excellent addition to our existing equipment, which is still excellent but somewhat complicated to use.
The Cologne Show was a great opportunity to attend lectures given by world renowned experts, and even to take a few mini courses. If you are an aspiring dentist, I strongly recommend visiting this show, which is held biannually. Interestingly enough, I also had the opportunity to meet a few of my Serbian colleagues, which speaks volumes about the urge in our region to keep in step with the times and the world, and here at Cvejanović Clinic we have always strived to remain part of this select group of clinics.