I will miss Cologne. I will miss its pretty cathedral, lively bars, and bustling streets filled with delicious restaurants. Fortunately, soon enough, at IDS 2015, MRG will have another chance to see the city, and the exciting new products of the dental world.
I did want to highlight some of my final thoughts looking back at IDS 2013.
Third: Aesthetics and durability. How can products be improved? As patients live longer and become more aware of available treatments, they will get them more frequently and earlier. That means that manufacturers and dentists need to also develop products that are durable or have easily replaceable parts if something fractures. For example, one of the speaker sessions noted a trend back to cement-free (screw-retained) abutments, which are easy to replace. These products are not, however, the most aesthetically pleasing, which is becoming increasingly important for patients. As a result, there's still room for innovation in this space, which is indicated by the focus on digital dentistry at the conference. This technique allows dentists to create restorations that are designed specifically for the patient, allowing for better fit, durability, and aesthetics.
As a final note, here's a shot of the cathedral in Cologne. See you in 2015!