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Three new online educational tools now available

by: Carolyn Moncel

Meeting the needs of a growing audience consisting of dental clinicians, scientists and educators, the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation (FOR) recently introduced three new digital tools, each designed to help improve patient treatment outcomes.

With the online debut of Treatment Guidelines, Forums and improved Treatment Histories, the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation has added three powerful tools to its arsenal of informative and educational features at FOR.org

FOR Treatment Guidelines for endentulous patients are located at  FOR.org/en/treatment-guides

Treatment Guidelines added to FOR’s educational toolbox

Developed by leading clinicians and scientists, the Treatment Guidelines are a comprehensive, ready reference for clinicians interested in covering implant-based treatment specifically for edentulous patients.

Including all treatment phases—from patient assessment and diagnostics to treatment options, procedures and aftercare—this multi-disciplinary tool comprises topics from both prosthetic and surgical perspectives, and incorporates the key evidence-based protocols essential to ensure proper treatment outcomes.

According to FOR’s Clinical Educational Director, Dr. Jürg Kleinmann, the Treatment Guidelines are not only an efficient reference tool for clinicians at an early stage of their careers, but also for experienced clinicians. “For those who wish to refresh their knowledge with the latest evidence-based findings available,” he says, “a tool like this one provides direct access to resource-rich information.”

A patient-centered online tool available for tablets and other mobile devices, as well as for personal computers, the Treatment Guidelines also provide links to a full range of additional resources such as patient treatment histories and documentation, reference literature in PubMed, and video lectures.

FOR released the Treatment Guidelines for edentulous patients in mid-February. Additional topics, such as single tooth indications, are also planned as part of future updates and extensions.

FOR Forums help clinicians and dental students build both personal and professional connections. Join the discussion at FOR.org/en/forum

FOR unveils Forums

Further enhancing the website, FOR has also added Forums, which are designed to help both experienced clinicians and young dental students alike share clinical cases and build personal and professional connections.  

When using Forums, clinicians and dental students have an opportunity to engage in both global and local discussions; to receive treatment advice via anonymous or public postings; and to post and share an unlimited number of images, videos and/or documents with colleagues. The Forums already have three active groups, one based in South Africa, another in Spain, and the third devoted to the topic of zygoma implants.

The South African group is currently the most popular. It has developed from a pilot project, which soft-launched during the South African Association of Osseointegration’s (SAAO’s) Inaugural Congress in October 2014. 

FOR expert Dr. Louwrens “Blackie” Swart currently moderates this group, in which participants discuss a wide range of topics, ranging from cases involving retained primary canines to those involving trauma.

Bringing professionals together

According to Dr. Luc Vrielinck of Belgium, who serves as the moderator for the zygoma implant group, “One of the most wonderful aspects of FOR.org is that it facilitates interaction via discussion forums.

“Because our topic is a multidisciplinary subject, implant surgeons, prosthodontists, general dentists, dental technicians—as well as product specialists, CAD/CAM specialists and engineers—can all work together in order to treat cases which can no longer sustain standard implant therapies.”

Expect additional Forums to come online as the base of moderators and participants grows. 

FOR Treatment Guidelines for endentulous patients are located at  FOR.org/en/treatment-guides

Improved Treatment Histories now available

FOR has also just released an updated version of its popular online Treatment Histories section. Here, clinicians are able to view cases in order to optimize their treatment outcomes.

The latest version displays a number of improvements, including a simplified visual landing page with three treatment solution-oriented access points: Single-unit restorations, Multi-unit restorations and Complete-arch treatments.

Among other new features, concise, scrollable treatment histories are now contained on single pages, necessitating no page loads between treatment steps; and relevant treatment information is now available on a single pop-up screen that can be viewed anytime.

An improved photo gallery for easier image comparisons of treatment steps has been incorporated into the online update—as have comprehensive links to PubMed abstracts that directly relate to the treatment history being viewed.

“For busy clinicians, having treatment images and information nicely summarized in one document is ideal,” says FOR’s Clinical Education Manager, Dr. Ana Kovats. “Beyond this, we hope that clinicians will be encouraged to submit and share their own cases with peers and also with our community of experts.” 

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