IDEM 2020: 19 Jun - 19 Aug


Due to the changes in event dates, the organisers expect there to be changes to the current programme. We are happy to update that our valued conference sponsors have expressed their continued support for IDEM and would like to express our gratitude to them. Please check back at a later date for further updates.


As dentists, we are called upon every day to treat root-filled teeth that present with persistent, recurrent or new infection (Post-treatment apical periodontitis; PAP). Recent surveys indicate that for these teeth, dentists increasingly favor replacement with implant-supported crowns over endodontic management. This trend reflects dentists’ lack of confidence in endodontic management and the related prognosis. This comprehensive full-day lecture program is designed to boost participants’ confidence by navigating the treatment vs. replacement dilemma and highlighting pertinent considerations for orthograde retreatment, apical microsurgery and intentional replantation/transplantation, in the following sequence:
Levels of evidence: The lecture content is closely supported by research data. Where available, clinical evidence is highlighted, including randomized clinical trials, cohort studies and case series. Criteria for appraisal of clinical studies for levels of evidence are also highlighted. Where clinical evidence is unavailable, in vitro research data and expert opinions are used for support.

Retreatment, in the Era of Implants?!

Dentists may hesitate to prescribe orthograde retreatment because of technical challenges related to the removal of restorations and management of root canal obstructions, and the perception of doubtful prognosis, leading to extraction and replacement of teeth with PAP. This lecture will outline key concepts for navigating the dilemma of retention vs. replacement of root-filled teeth with PAP, including case selection, conservation of tooth structure during retreatment, and effective communication of the technical possibilities and predictable outcomes of retreatment. Appropriate retreatment strategies/techniques will be explained in detail and illustrated with typical cases.

Digital dentistry has gone through the innovation stage, where the “bleeding edge” was populated by technology fanatics. It has now matured to the point where early adopters are able to implement it in their clinics thereby “Crossing the Chasm” and becoming the early majority. The introduction of cutting-edge CAD/CAM systems such as CEREC Primescan has made a larger impact by making complex, comprehensive cases are much easier and predictable.

To consider crossing the technology chasm and implementing digital dentistry in your clinic, the key factors to consider are:

    • Ease of use by current staff without extensive training,
    • Openness in working with a broad range of competing systems, and
    • Price is what you pay, value is what you get. What real value does it bring to your office today?


For busy dental professionals, it is a balancing act between keeping patients and staff happy, ensuring their chair time is appropriately optimized, book-keeping streamlined and ultimately achieving the highest degrees of precision and patient satisfaction.

Learning Outcomes:

    • In-depth understanding of current CAD/CAM indications for both tooth-supported and implant-supported restorations
    • Ideal preparation guidelines for different material options depending on their clinical performance and scientific evaluation
    • Good understanding of isolation protocols for ultimate bonding of different ceramic restorations in both anterior and posterior region

Dental fear/anxiety (DFA) is a global public health concern. The prevalence of DFA ranges from 10 to 29% in children/adolescents and up to 88% in adults. Fear is an innate emotional response to threats, danger or pain while anxiety is the distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear. Dental anxiety has been ranked as the fifth most commonly feared situation and is one of the primary reasons why people avoid visiting oral health professionals. Dental anxiety may be related to the dental environment, specific dental procedures/pain and has been associated with poor oral health status, appointment failures, longer treatment time, reduced treatment satisfaction as well as the quality of life.

This two-part lecture aims to help participants understand the psychology of DFA, its clinical presentations, consequences, and complications. Eclectic and psychological strategies for helping anxious dental patients are considered in depth together with evidence of efficacy. Eclectic approaches include good communication, effective pain control, reducing anxiety triggers and alternative relaxation techniques while psychological methods encompass both general and specific techniques including systematic desensitization and cognitive behavior therapy. Pharmacological sedative methods will also be briefly discussed. Non-pharmacological interventions like hypnosis, enhanced information, relaxation, music, distraction, and cognitive-behavioral therapy have been found to be beneficial for reducing patient distress during dental procedures. More high-quality trials are needed to support promising evidence and new strategies to overcome DFA are encouraged.

Learning Outcomes:

    • To better understand dental fear, anxiety, and phobia
    • To recognize the clinical presentation of dental anxiety and its assessment
    • To know the consequences and complications of dental anxiety
    • To learn the behavioral and psychological strategies for managing dental anxiety
    • To appreciate the various pharmacological sedative techniques for managing dental anxiety

Meet with over 500 Exhibitors on Level 4 and 6 at IDEM. Explore and learn about the latest dental products, services and solutions
For a full list of exhibitors, click here:
To see Exhibitor Highlights, click here:

Look out for the IDEM Cafes located on Levels 4 and 6 to purchase coffee, tea and light refreshments.

Around the world, populations are aging and with this we see an increase in periodontal disease, functional chewing problems, root sensitivity and changes in biofilm accumulation.

It is vital that we are up-to-date with best practice approaches for biofilm management, oral health care and professional maintenance programs for the older patient.

This presentation will review the challenges clinicians face when treating older patients and how to adjust oral healthcare programs in the dental practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand oral health changes in the older patient
  • Identify home-care challenges older adults face
  • Create updated prophylaxis and periodontal therapy concepts for older patients
  • Integrate biofilm management devices for routine care

With the critical reliance on a root-end filling to enclose root canal bacteria in root-filled teeth with PAP, recurrence of infection in the long-term after apical microsurgery is a concern. Contemporary microsurgical approaches are designed to address this concern. The limitations of apical microsurgery will be reviewed and contemporary approaches highlighted that optimize the procedure. Current best evidence will be presented for the enhanced long-term prognosis of apical microsurgery.


The success of operative dentistry is highly dependent upon the physiology, microbiology, and chemistry of the human mouth, yet these parameters are often overlooked in clinical settings. Despite the complex environment of the human mouth, its ecology can be fine-tuned. When clinicians are equipped with a newfound appreciation for modern cariology and appropriate therapeutic interventions, the prognosis of clinical dentistry can be dramatically improved. Although systematic reviews continue to indicate that one anion has the strongest ability to prevent and reverse caries lesions, the oral microbiome can be altered with both prebiotic and probiotic strategies. In a world that seems dedicated to disinfection and antibiotics, perhaps the oral environment will help illustrate that encouraging beneficial bacteria may be just as effective, if not more effective, than eradicating pathogenic bacteria. Oral healthcare professionals are uniquely positioned to lead a revolution in reforming dysbiosis to create health.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the mixed bacteria ecological plaque hypothesis
  • Define and identify prebiotics and probiotics
  • Encourage the growth of commensal oral bacteria
  • Improve the prognosis of restorative treatment

Global Clinic is a non-profit organisation comprising dental & medic volunteers based in Singapore. Since 1997, we have been bringing dental and medical care to the under served communities around the world who suffer from a lack of medical care due to poverty or poor access to medical infrastructure.

Come and share this exciting journey with us and understand how it all started, how we do it and learn how you too can start a similar project that can impacts lives beyond your typical dental clinic setting.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the “how and why” we started such project
  • Learn how you too can start such a project to positively impact lives with your dental skill

We manage our patients’ cooperation everyday. From the anxious child to individuals with disabilities, and also elderly with neurocognitive impairment. How do we decide when pharmacological methods should come into play? How far can we carry behavioral techniques? What other practical techniques can we employ? What should we take caution of? This fun session recapitulates various techniques and entails some reflection on how we manage our patients.

Meet with over 500 Exhibitors on Level 4 and 6 at IDEM. Explore and learn about the latest dental products, services and solutions
For a full list of exhibitors, click here:
To see Exhibitor Highlights, click here:

Lunch is located within the IDEM Exhibition halls.

When retention of a tooth with PAP is favoured, the selection between non-surgical and surgical management can often be perplexing. This lecture will review the rationale of management, based on the etiology of the disease, and outline practical case selection criteria for non-surgical or surgical treatment.

This lecture will review the current application of digital technologies in planning for implant dentistry, starting with the initial data acquisition and digital treatment planning through to digital transference and clinical execution. The speaker will use numerous clinical cases to illustrate the application of a digital workflow for both the surgical and the prosthetic phases of dental implant therapy. Using the digital platform, he will highlight differing clinical outputs including template guided surgery, dynamically guided surgery, immediate provisional and definitive implant restorations. Examine how the application of digital innovations in implant dentistry facilitates more accurate and efficient execution of both surgical and prosthetic treatment phases by clinicians for safer, more predictable treatment outcomes for our patients.

This half-day workshop aims to provide dental teams with theoretical knowledge and practical techniques for modern methods of biofilm and stain removal and implant maintenance. It will assist the dental team in upgrading and updating the dental hygiene department through the integration of a systematic workflow using biofilm management devices.

Learning outcomes:

    • Discover modern therapeutic options from prophylaxis to periodontal therapy
    • Develop and learn biofilm management concepts using Air Polishing devices
    • Acquire insights into 7 different air polishing powders and indications of usage
    • Learn how to effectively use biofilm management devices
    • Perform practical application and hands-on training of all concepts presented

In the first part of this session the new classification of peri-implant diseases will be presented and the current definition of peri-implant health, as well as the aetiological and pathological factors involved in the disease process, will be explained. This first part also involves an overview of the different diagnostic measures and tools including their use and timing.  

The second part of this session will discuss the efficacy of different approaches for implant maintenance in home care as well as in the professional setting.  

Learning Outcomes: 

    • Define peri-implant health or healthy peri-implant tissues 
    • Discuss the current classification system for peri-implant diseases 
    • Discuss the aetiological and pathological factors involved in peri-implant diseases 
    • Discuss the evidence of various recommendations for implant maintenance at home 
    • Discuss the evidence of different approaches for professional implant maintenance in a practice setting 

Meet with over 500 Exhibitors on Level 4 and 6 at IDEM. Explore and learn about the latest dental products, services, and solutions
For a full list of exhibitors, click here:
To see Exhibitor Highlights, click here:

Look out for the IDEM Cafes located on Levels 4 and 6 to purchase coffee, tea, and light refreshments.

When retreatment and apical microsurgery are unfeasible or when infection persists, the tooth is usually extracted and replaced with prosthetic devices. Alternatively, when conditions permit, it can be manipulated after extraction and replanted, or a non-strategic tooth can be transplanted into the socket of the extracted tooth. These seemingly radical but simple procedures offer very good prognosis when the biologic principles of replantation are observed. Intentional replantation/transplantation will be presented in contemporary context, as predictable means for retaining “untreatable” teeth for patients’ benefit. Strict guidelines for case selection and a step-by-step protocol will be outlined and illustrated with typical cases.

Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT) Based Dentistry Appropriate treatment planning is based on correct diagnosis, which is based on accurate examination. Outcomes can be justified when they are followed up for within an appropriate period of time from a clinical and radiographic point of view. Among clinical examinations, radiographs are inevitable and critical in daily practices. Rapidly developing Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT) for dental purposes has made innovative diagnosis possible with three dimensional clear images with low radiation dose. In this presentation, the efficacy of CBCT will be illustrated with several clinical cases in several dental fields.

Learning Outcomes

  • Treatment of traumatized teeth
  • Conventional Endodontics and Vital Pulp Therapy
  • Auto-transplantation of Teeth

This session aims to provide a unique opportunity for oral health therapists to learn about career development across the lifespan, and how they may work towards fulfilling and meaningful careers.

In today’s society, we no longer have jobs for life. Individuals will transition through multiple careers and need to adapt to such changes. However, traditional dental education largely prepares graduates for one career option: clinical practice. Have you ever asked what other career options are available, beyond the four walls of the surgery? Are you making the most of yourself and your skills?

In this session, delegates will learn about how to make career-enhancing decisions and have a greater awareness of the alternate career opportunities available to oral health therapists.

This workshop will deal with the “Root-2-Crown” concept that will enable clinicians to provide a high level of care to their patients after endodontic treatment. It is a well-established fact that endodontic success can drop from 90% to 18% if the coronal restoration is poor or delayed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Pre-endodontic restorations
  • Modern endodontic principles regarding root canal preparation
  • Differences between vital and non-vital teeth
  • Guidelines for the restoration of Class I, Class II and more severely broken down teeth after endodontic treatment \
  • Guidelines for the placement of posts
  • Guidelines for placement of crowns / indirect restorations


The restorative concepts and materials discussed will enable a clinician to achieve more predictable long-term results in clinical practice. The presentation will be supplemented with a large amount of video material to illustrate the clinical use of the materials and techniques on patients.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of coronal seal after endodontic treatment
  • Learn how to restore Class I and Class II access cavities predictably
  • Realize the benefit of using fiber posts
  • Understand when and when not to place a post\
  • Understand when to use direct or indirect restorations

This workshop will allow participants to fully immerse themselves into the digital workflow experience. The workshop will guide participants through the data acquisition and processing of CBCT & IOS. Using real clinical cases we will undertake surgical / prosthetic digital treatment planning. We will then examine the various outputs of digital planning including surgical template manufacturing and dynamic guided surgery to facilitate clinical delivery of the digitally planned case and potentially enable same-day implant surgery.

Nowadays the clinicians have at their disposal high-performance materials that can help them facing aesthetic and functional treatments using minimally invasive prosthetic techniques. This workshop will consider both prep and no-prep techniques for a perfect result in anterior and posterior areas.

Indications and limitations of prep and no-prep techniques will be clearly illustrated in order to guide the clinicians both for simple situations and complex rehabilitations in case of worn dentition, however using always minimally invasive procedures.

The learning objectives of the programme is to provide the participants with the didactic knowledge and technical skills in the following areas:

  • Materials and Techniques for restoring endodontically treated teeth
  • Posts for endodontically treated teeth: How, where and when
  • When can an endodontically treated tooth be restored with direct composite techniques
  • How to obtain aesthetic direct restorations in the endodontically treated anterior tooth

– Tooth Preparation

– Posts and Fibres

– The principles of the Class 4 restorations as it pertains to the direct restoration of the endodontically treated incisor (the direct layering protocol)

– Tips and Tricks to manage colour in non-vital teeth

• How to restore the endodontically treated molar tooth with direct composite techniques

– Tooth Preparation

– Use of post and fibres in the endodontically treated posterior dentition

– Restoration of the posterior endodontically treated tooth and cuspal overlays with direct posterior composite techniques

Hands-On Exercises and Demonstrations:

1. Restoration of the severely damaged endodontically treated anterior tooth with a direct post retained composite restoration

– Preparation of the post space and adhesive bonding / cementation of the aesthetic post

– Class IV filling replacement: wax up, silicone index, index cutting, layered reconstruction, shape correction, excess removal, polishing

2. Direct composite restoration of the endodontically treated molar with cuspal overlays

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