A question of treatment, management and prevention at IFEA 24

31 January, 2024 / infocus

Ove Peters, Professor of Endodontics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, is set to present two sessions at the IFEA World Endodontic Congress in September. Here he gives us an insight into what we can expect from his presentations:

I have been in Australia for around three and a half years. My basic training was in Germany, but I’ve received endodontic training in Switzerland and the US.

I very much look forward to travelling to Glasgow for the IFEA meeting, and I hope to meet you there!

I very much look forward to travelling to Glasgow for the IFEA meeting, and I hope to meet you there!

Ove Peters

I have been assigned to give two presentations – both in the realm of endodontics and restorative dentistry.

My first presentation is going to deal with the restorative life cycle of teeth. It is very clear now that the retention time of teeth after root canal treatment is primarily driven by the restorative treatment quality. It’s obvious that any time you renew a restoration, additional substance removal will take place – that’s at least the perception. I will explore how repeat restorations will actually impact the life expectancy of the restored teeth.

The second session is, perhaps, a little more philosophical. The topic comes from an experience I had working with the FDI a couple of years ago when I had the opportunity to work together with Gerhard K. Seeberger (then president of the FDI) on a white paper of what endodontic treatment should look like in different countries and different socio-economic backgrounds. And now I’m asking the question: can you actually treat disease in endodontics? Can you treat disease in dentistry? Or is it really a question of management? Prevention is another word that I like to use. How these two concepts apply to endodontics is the main topic of my session.

A world-wide forum like IFEA is perfectly suited for these two presentations and I hope you will enjoy listening to my thoughts, as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

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