Taking implant dentistry further

Dr. Paul Weigl has dedicated his career to training and educating implant professionals. The Senior Dentist at the Department of Prosthodontics at Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is also Head of the Department of Postgraduate Education and Program Director of the Master of Oral Implantology (MOI) program in Frankfurt. At Dentsply Sirona Implants’ Focus on implant dentistry – International Congress on Ankylos 2018, which takes place on June 29 and 30 in Berlin, Paul Weigl is the Scientific Chairman.

EDI Journal Project Manager My To met Paul Weigl for an interview which was published in the EDI Journal, issue 4/2017. In the interview, Paul Weigl shares insights on the postgraduate Master of Oral Implantology program and the upcoming International Congress on Ankylos. Here are excerpts from the in-depth interview.

Master of Oral Implantology program

Paul Weigl explains what makes the Frankfurt master program special: “The MOI program is a two-year modular in-service study program that is completely independent of non-university institutions and enterprises both in terms of contents and funding. It provides comprehensive and highly specialized theoretical and practical skills.” Asked for the primary educational goals, he cites “a capacity for independent planning and analytical thinking and the independent implementation of complex clinical treatments” as well as “strong interdisciplinary networking and coordination of dental specialties associated with oral implantology.”

The Master of Oral Implantology program currently has 440 students from 64 countries. As Weigl notes, with pride, “Almost every country in the world has been represented during the nine years we have been offering this program.” He continues “Participants come to Frankfurt two times a year (…), for ten or eleven days, including weekends, to attend live treatments, anatomical dissection courses, hands-on workshops and lectures. At home, students will work on their master’s thesis and on twenty cases that they must document in detail.”

Focus on implant dentistry

As Scientific Chairman of the International Congress on Ankylos, Paul Weigl outlines what delegates can expect: “Visitors will receive many interesting insights into recent innovations within oral implantology. Innovative aspects can also still be found in connection with the Ankylos system, even though it is, so to speak, an “older” mature system.” He explains why the system’s philosophy is still so relevant in today’s implant dentistry, “Evidence has shown that platform switching really has a positive effect on tissue stability in the crestal area, and not least the fact that many implant systems now incorporate conical implant-abutment connections, which offers certain advantages in terms of tightness of seal and the strength of the implant-abutment connection. Looking at it this way, what was a new approach at the time is still very much en vogue today.”

What can delegates expect at the congress? “Excellent speakers and lecturers from all over the world have been enlisted who use the Ankylos system part of the time and are therefore able to present other aspects of oral implantology at the congress. Topics of current concern not necessarily specific to Ankylos implants include mucositis and peri-implantitis. It will be a congress focusing on implantology, with all its highs and lows and with all its concerns. And of course with solutions that are made possible by the Ankylos system – but not exclusively.”


Are you interested?

For information and registration for focus on implant dentistry—International Congress on Ankylos, please visit ankyloscongress.com

To learn more about the Master of Oral Implantology program, please visit www.moi.uni-frankfurt.de

A big thank you to the EDI Journal and My To for the permission to publish extracts from the interview.