GC Germany presents five-day online symposium on molar incisor hypomineralisation
BAD HOMBURG VOR DER HÖHE, Germany: It is estimated that every seventh child in Germany is affected by molar incisor hypomineralisation (MIH). Besides the aesthetic aspect caused by the abnormal colour and shape of the teeth, this enamel formation disorder often causes severe pain. Owing to the high number of affected patients and in promotion of the 100th anniversary of GC Corp. next year, GC Germany will be holding an online symposium from 28 September to 2 October. The event will be dedicated to the topic of MIH and is aimed at general dentists, dental technicians and orthodontists.
In June, GC celebrated the first international online congress on the topic of minimum intervention dentistry, obtaining a high response within the dental community paired with positive referrals by all participants. “Over 2,200 attendees assured a high level of participation for the demonstration of the full range of minimum intervention dentistry approaches and solutions offered by GC,” reported the GC Professional Services management.
GC is pursuing the same goal for its online symposium on MIH. When asked why GC has dedicated its efforts to this topic, Georg Haux, general manager of GC Germany, replied: “Practitioners often face great challenges and many uncertainties in diagnosing and treating MIH. The question is often what can and what should be done. To support dental practices on this topic, we launched the GC MIH kit in March 2019. The intention is to offer a problem-solving approach for dentists, providing guidance and the respective products for the different characteristics of MIH.”
Online format opens new possibilities
The MIH symposium was originally planned to be an in-person event to be held at the beginning of October in Düsseldorf in Germany. However, owing to the SARS-CoV-2 crisis and the known restrictions, GC decided to change the format into an online event. Even though this involved some challenges, it also resulted in positive developments. Two additional experts were engaged for the digital event. In addition, the event is being technically managed by Dental Tribune International, which also supported the GC congress on minimum intervention dentistry.
MIH examined from all angles
GC has engaged six first-class experts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to fully cover the topic of MIH. As an introduction, Dr Jan Kühnisch will give a general overview of the disease on Monday, 28 September, and explain its aetiology and prevalence rates. The importance of pain control and immediate care will be addressed by Dr Richard Steffen the following day. On Wednesday, 30 September, Profs. Katrin Bekes and Norbert Krämer will jointly present the course of treatment of MIH according to the Würzburg concept, which they helped to develop. The paediatric dentist Mohemed-Salim Doueiri, who treats MIH patients daily at Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany, will present a simple and efficient form of MIH therapy and the MIH flow chart, a support tool to help dentists to decide on the appropriate treatment option or product. Finally, on 2 October, Prof. Falk Schwendicke, who will also moderate the symposium, will summarise the knowledge gained during the week and present an outlook for the future.
“The symposium will offer experts a platform to demonstrate the different treatment options for MIH and to communicate practical solutions”
– Georg Haux, GC Germany
The webinars will be broadcast in the evening at 7 p.m. CEST (Friday at 5 p.m.) and will be simultaneously interpreted from German into English. Participation without earning continuing education credits is free of charge. However, a total of six continuing education credits may be earned. To obtain one or more continuing education credits, a comprehensive package may be purchased for €49. The webinars will also be available on demand on the GC Campus after the symposium.
In offering an extensive range of different MIH treatment approaches and a unique event, GC has forged a bridge between science and practice. “The symposium will offer experts a platform to demonstrate the different treatment options for MIH and to communicate practical solutions. For us, it is important to highlight that there is not just one right method, but that, in fact, several different approaches may contribute to a successful therapy,” said Haux.
Further information on the programme and registration can be found on the GC Campus.