The Ceramics Symposium of AG Keramik

Our annual meeting with the Ceramics Symposium is a real highlight in the dental event calendar and is aimed at materials experts, dentists and dental technicians. Already with the first annual conference in 2000, this symposium has firmly established itself as an outstanding platform for the exchange of practice, laboratory and science in the field of dental ceramics. Every year, the Ceramics Symposium gathers leading minds from dentistry and dental technology as well as young scientists on its podium. Associated with the symposium is the annual presentation of the research and video awards of the Society for Dental Ceramics.

Ceramic symposium at the DGI Congress in Hamburg

At its symposium on November 26th as part of the DGI Congress, the Working Group for Ceramics in Dentistry e.V. (AG Ceramics) honored particularly prize-worthy research work and a video documentation. In total, the research and video awards are endowed with a total of 11,000 euros. Applications for the current call will be accepted until June 30, 2023.

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Ceramics Symposium 2021 brings together science and practice


20th Ceramics Symposium online

The AG Keramik was pleased about a very successful annual conference with around 100 participants and extremely positive feedback ranging from "absolutely practical" to "excellent symposium". Broadcast live from the Ivoclar Vivadent GmbH studio in Ellwangen on December 4, 2021. Prof. Dr. Daniel Edelhoff and Dr. Bernd Reiss spoke and discussed from the podium in Ellwangen with research award winner Dr. Konstantin Scholz and video award winner Otto Prandtner. Prof. Dr. Florian Beuer, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Lohbauer and the research and video award winners ZÄ Christina Kühne, Dr. Katharina Kuhn, Dr. Maximiliane Schlenz, Dr. Christine Yazigi and their respective teams were connected online.

Those who were not able to attend on December 4 can download the recording
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Ceramics Symposium 2020

Treatment planning on the concrete case

The AG Keramik held its 20th annual meeting in November via live broadcast from the Digital Dental Academy in Berlin. Speakers discussed a wide variety of patient treatment options and conveyed important decision paths for the ceramic concept and its alternatives.

Decision-making cascade for an "anterior" restoration

In his welcoming speech to the symposium, AG Keramik Chairman Dr. Bernd Reiss was pleased to see an interested auditorium with "very ceramics-ambitious" participants at the screens. Speakers from the DDA podium included Professor Dr. Florian Beuer, master dental technician Andreas Kunz, dentist Peter Neumann and Dr. Bernd Reiss. True to the aim of the AG Keramik, "to objectively explore the therapeutic and technical possibilities of dental ceramics", the team discussed many decision-making steps leading to a well-founded therapy solution on the basis of a sequenced patient treatment. The day before, Professor Beuer had performed and recorded the patient case, an anterior restoration with all-ceramic restoration on an implant and an avital natural tooth.

Alternatives and variants

First, the speakers discussed various treatment options, such as extrusion techniques as an alternative to extraction after a deep palatal fracture. Referring to the real case, where tooth 11 was already missing, Peter Neumann explained the advantages and disadvantages of a Maryland bridge. In accordance with the patient's wishes, Professor Beuer had decided to perform a classic two-stage implant placement with simultaneous lateral bone augmentation and soft tissue augmentation to reconstruct the volume. The implantation was performed statically navigated with a precise drill guide based on the DVT data using SMOP. For the present case, analog impression taking with individualized impression copings and precise transfer of the emergence profile previously formed using a provisional offered a clinical advantage. However, digital acquisition with two intraoral scanners (Primescan, Dentsply Sirona; Trios 4, 3shape) was also demonstrated comparatively.

Analog and digital in comparison

ZTM Andreas Kunz had subjected the patient to an esthetic analysis in advance. His goal was then to match the soft tissue and the abutment and precisely transfer the emergence profile to the final situation. "For me, going digital only makes sense, if it's faster than the analog process," Kunz emphasizes. Following this principle, he had fabricated the abutment from zirconium oxide using the CAD/CAM process, but modeled the crowns in wax. When selecting the ceramic, the dentist and dental technician were guided not least by the S3 guideline, which recommends lithium disilicate or veneered zirconium oxide crowns for anterior crowns. Both crowns as well as the veneer for the impacted tooth 13 were made of glass-ceramics (IPS e.max, Ivoclar) and placed adhesively..

AG Keramik: Knowing what happens in practice

At the end of the event, Dr. Bernd Reiss summed up the incentive for the work of the AG Keramik: "There are so many decisions to be made in every treatment. For this reason, at AG Keramik, we ask what is happening in practice and what we can do for practitioners. With our practice survey as well as our Ceramic Success Analysis (CSA) quality study, we regularly receive valuable information on the use of materials and procedures and can also reflect that back to the dentists and dental technicians."

More information on the work of the AG Keramik can be found here on our home page.

Here is the link to the symposium video