Ceramic implantology summit at the 2nd JCCI
Friday October 14 and Saturday October 15, 2022
From left: Prof. Dr. James Rutkowski, Prof. Dr. Etyene Schnurr, Prof. Dr. Georgios E. Romanos, Dr. Karl Ulrich Volz, Dr. Markus Sperlich, Prof. Dr. Wael Att, Prof. Dr. Shahram Ghanaati, Thomas Gleixner, Dr. Mathias Sperlich, Prof. Dr. Florian Beuer
The president of the AO Academy of Osseointegration, Dr. Amerian Sones, could not have put it more accurately, because not only did the speakers on the podium represent the highest ranked universities and societies in the world, but this statement also applied to the attendees, who represented some 70,000 ceramic implants placed!
On October 14 and 15, 2022, the successful event premiere of the JCCI JOINT CONGRESS for CERAMIC IMPLANTOLOGY, the largest congress of its kind, found its adequate continuation in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland: for the second time, new innovations and recognized scientists from the field of ceramic implantology met more than 160 ceramic implantologists from 17 nations and 5 continents to jointly discuss the latest trends and findings in the field.
Using an online survey, attendees had voted for the fundamental topics the year before, and the JCCI Congress leadership responded adequately: Dr. Amerian D. Sones, 36th president of the AO opened the congress with an insight into the August 2022 consensus meeting in Chicago, followed by two exciting live surgeries by Straumann (Dres. Sperlich & Sperlich) and SDS Swiss Dental Solutions (Dr. Josephine Philipps) in the affiliated SWISS BIOHEALTH CLINIC. On Friday, Prof. Dr. Tomas Albrektsson, a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, spoke online on the topic of marginal bone loss around oral titanium implants due to particle abrasion and contaminated surfaces.
The scientist Prof. Dr. Etyene Schnurr (CBDF Ceramis & Biological Dentistry Foundatin) presented the problem of the lack of consensus on study protocols between manufacturers and researchers and presented the solution of a “Setup of Consensus on Studies for Ceramic Implants” which was adopted in a separate breakout session by the scientists present. Prof. Dr. James Rutkowski, Diplomate/Past-President of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID) and Honored Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) shined with his presentation on how the inflammatory response can influence bone and soft tissue healing. Dr. Dirk. U. Duddeck, founder and study director of the CleanImplant Foundation more than impressively conveyed the underestimated factor of clean surfaces in implant dentistry and certified a whole series of “CleanImplant Certified Dentists” directly afterwards.
On Saturday, JCCI Congress Director and President of the International Society of Metal Free Implantology (ISMI e.V.) Dr. Karl Ulrich Volz explained the most important findings on ceramic implants and biology as well as the influence of generations BB to Z on “user behavior and the required user experience”. Prof. Dr. Neugebauer, Vice-president and President Elect of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) presented his impressive 15 years of experience in ceramic implantology and digital workflow, followed by Prof. Dr. Georgios E. Romanos, Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and the Int. College of Oral Implantology (ICOI) and Prof. Dr. Florian Beuer, President of the German Society of Implantology (DGI), who captivated the participants with outstanding presentations on the topic of peri-implantitis in titanium and the state of the art in ceramics. Before Prof. Dr. Shahram Ghanaati, President of the Society for Blood Concentrates and Biomaterials (SBCB), spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of 3D titanium cages vs. freely modelable titanium cages for the treatment of atrophic jaws, Prof. Dr. Wael Att, Associate Professor of the University of Freiburg and Professor and Chair of Turfts University, inspired the participants with his presentation “Ceramic Implants – The New Kids on the Block”.
As at the premiere in 2021, all presentations were translated live simultaneously into both German and English and streamed virtually to online attendees on all continents.
The SWISS BIOHEALTH EDUCATION CENTER once again provided a unique atmosphere and the professional environment to hold the congress at the usual high level. Thanks to the cooperation of leading professional societies such as the SBCB (Society for Blood Concentrates and Biomaterials e.V.), which was founded by Prof. Ghanaati in the fall of 2020, the participants were offered an interesting field of tension between leading expertise and the accompanying and supporting dental industry. This year, well-known heavyweights of the innovative market segment could be won for the congress: Straumann, CeramTec/Zeramex, SDS Swiss Dental Solutions, CleanImplant, as well as Mectron and CaviTau. Between the lectures, the congress breaks offered ample opportunities for collegial exchanges and visits to the industrial exhibition.
The fact that the JCCI stands for professionalism, smooth procedures and cordiality was noticeable in every detail: the organizers once again relied on a platform character, offered space for talks and discussions and not only allowed new ways to the goal of metal-free implantology in the exchange among each other, but also promoted them in many ways. This holistic approach was also very well received by the audience: Many praised the special atmosphere as well as the lively professional discussions.
But that was not the only thing that made the event an experience that will go down in history! Accompanying the event, the pioneers and scientists sat down with Prof. Dr. Etyenne Schnurr to discuss and agree on the next steps for studies on ceramic implants. Terminologies, PROMs and OHIPs were also defined, which will include the improved quality of life of patients as a result of rehabilitation with ceramic implants.
In the future, this “Consensus Setup of Studies for Ceramic Implants” will ensure that all studies conducted on ceramic implants will, on the one hand, later be classified as relevant and, on the other hand, will also be comparable with each other. This will enable us to change the data situation in favor of ceramic implantology in the next 5-10 years, which is one of the main goals of Dr. Karl Ulrich Volz as President of the ISMI International Society of Metalfree Implantology e.V..
But also the entertainment factor was again set high and was more than fulfilled with the WHITE NIGHT on Friday evening: At 6 p.m. sharp, Dr. Volz activated the buzzer as congress president and started the extraordinary entertainment program. TomX the Sax, DJ Matt Nautique, show magician Jordane Dewost and other highlights whisked visitors away to another world and created an extraordinary atmosphere on the dance floor. With cool drinks, various gourmet stations and live music, an unforgettable party was guaranteed.
The congress director of the JCCI and acting president of ISMI e.V. Dr. Karl Ulrich Volz concluded enthusiastically: “Anyone who knows us knows that we always want to go one better. I think we have succeeded once again and we are already working on the 3rd JCCI to achieve this goal again next year!”.
Since the 2nd JCCI was completely overbooked with more than 100 participants on the waiting list, the 3rd JCCI JOINT CONGRESS for CERAMIC IMPLANTOLOGY will take place for the first time on October 13 and 14, 2023, at the Bodensee Forum in Constance, directly on the Rhine, where there will be room for 300 to 500 physical participants. So mark your calendars now and secure your tickets! The first 50 places were already allocated at the end of this year’s congress.