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Dental professionals expand knowledge at meeting in Montreal

Attendees at the 38th annual Journées Dentaires Internationales du Quebec participate in a hands-on workshop. (DTI/Photo Fred Michmershuizen)
Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Fri. 12 June 2009


Whether you are a dentist, a specialist or a member of a professional office staff, it’s always beneficial to step outside of the day-to-day routine one in a while to expand your knowledge base. Those who attended the 38th annual Journées Dentaires Internationales du Quebec, held 23 to 26 May in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, found plenty of opportunity to broaden their horizons. More than 11,000 people attended, according to meeting organizers. 

Some came to explore new developments in laser technology, others to delve into esthetic dentistry or learn about the latest in endodontic instrumentation. Presentations were offered on microdentistry, interdisciplinary treatment planning, TMD and orofacial pain, oral cancer, and treating patients with Invisalign technology. Attendees could even learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

In one of the most comprehensive offerings, Dr Gary Glassman of Toronto presented workshops on endodontic technique sponsored by SybronEndo. Combining lecture with slides, animation, video and hands-on instruction, he led participants through access, cleaning, shaping and obturation of the root canal system. He also discussed indications for endodontic surgery. It was one of many such opportunities for meeting attendees.

One of the most popular speakers was Karen Cortell Reisman. Using personal letters written by Albert Einstein, a family cousin, she offered a message about hope, resilience and brassieres. (You just had to be there.) Attendees walked away from her session not only inspired, but also equipped with strategies they can implement immediately upon return to their work.

In the exhibit hall, meanwhile, meeting attendees were able to explore innovative products, the latest in technology and must-have equipment. Many meeting attendees stopped by the SybronEndo booth to see the company’s Twisted Files, now available in additional sizes. Those stopping at the WAM booth expressed interest in the V3Ring matrix system for tooth restoration and the WAMKey crown removal device. Those stopping by the Pulpdent booth expressed interest in Embrace WetBond pit and fissure sealant. At the Sirona booth, the TENEO treatment center got a lot of attention.

Many companies offered hands-on demonstrations, especially those offering magnification and illumination equipment. At the Magnified Video Dentistry booth, meeting attendees were invited to explore the features of the MagnaVu system. Carestream Health offered demonstrations of the Kodak 9000 3D extraoral imaging system.

And for hygienists in attendance, the popular Hogies were among the many magnification and illumination devices available at the PeriOptix booth. Also of interest to hygienists were the many different apparel options available at the show.

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