In a pleasant spring atmosphere, the Italian Academy of Conservative and Restorative Dentistry (AIC) and the European Federation of Conservative Dentistry (EFCD), with their respective Presidents Dr Stefano Patroni and Prof Lorenzo Breschi, gathered together to organize the 19th International Congress of AIC & ConsEuro, the most important Congress of Conservative and Restorative Dentistry in Europe, in the beautiful venue of Bologna.

International speakers, professionals, researchers from various parts of the world have highlighted in their excellent presentations the importance of maintaining the tooth’s healthy residual tissue thanks to the increasingly developed dentistry concept of minimal invasiveness and minimal biological cost, supported in its feasibility by increasingly innovative adhesion systems, and by CAD-CAM techniques for the development of indirect restorations that simulate the natural tooth anatomy.

The common message emerged from the presentations held during these three days is undoubtedly to understand the patient’s needs and expectations, never neglecting the ethics that should guide the dentist in his daily clinical practice, to make the best choices both from the functional point of view and the preservation of the dental and periodontal structures, and from an aesthetic point of view, thus guaranteeing a high quality work and durability over time.

Digital Dentistry as applied to daily practice has been another issue addressed in the Italia Hall dedicated to lecturers involved in research and new techniques and materials.  All presentations were held in English with simultaneous translation into Italian: The high number of participants (more than 1700 dentists, dental hygienists, dental technicians, half of them coming from 40 different Countries of the world) emphasized the internationality and the cultural relevance of the event.