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  Posted by: The Probe      10th May 2021

 Dedicated programme at the ITI Congress UK & Ireland 2021


Karen Walker is a highly experienced Dental Hygienist at the Campbell Clinic and respected speaker for the Campbell Academy and many other dental organisations. She will be speaking as part of the dedicated Dental Hygienist and Therapist programme at the ITI Congress UK & Ireland 2021 this October. About her session, entitled “Implementing Risk Assessing for Implants in Practice and Dealing with Complications”, Karen comments:

“I will be following on from Ian Dunn’s session on the importance of risk assessment for implant and periodontal patients. I will look at how to apply an effective risk assessment tool for daily practice in a practical way. I will also discuss the possible treatment complications to be aware of and how to deal with them effectively, offering treatment protocols and clinical guidance.”

Discussing why she feels this is an important topic for dental hygienists and therapists involved with maintaining patients’ implants, she continues:

“This is definitely an area that needs improvement in practice. Many dental hygienists and therapists don’t feel that they have sufficient knowledge to perform risk assessing, but they absolutely do. Dental hygienists and therapists already do so much when they see patients – much of the risk assessment and planning is done automatically. As such, they just need to be shown how to apply this in all aspects of patient care using simple tools.

“Through this session I hope the delegates will gain confidence in their abilities and take away a step-by-step sequence to put into practice immediately for effective treatment planning and risk assessing.”

Other sessions within the Dental Hygienist and Therapist programme at the ITI Congress UK & Ireland 2021 will cover treatment planning, establishing peri-implant health and EMS PerioFlow, with hands-on training available. It will also be the perfect opportunity for networking. Karen adds:

“The ITI is a global organisation, providing access to ideas and research from around the world for a broader overview of the evidence and protocols available. Event partner, Straumann, also supports this ethos for evidence-based implant dentistry. I have been a member of the ITI since 2011, having spoken at ITI Study Clubs and other ITI/Straumann educational events. I am delighted to be part of the introduction of dedicated memberships for dental hygienists and therapists within the ITI UK & Ireland. This membership will provide access to extensive education through study clubs, online events and further Congresses.

“The Dental Hygienist and Therapist programme has been developed by dental hygienists and therapists working in clinical practice, ensuring the evidence is relevant and the guidance is applicable to everyday practice. It’s real-world dental hygiene and therapy.”

ITI Congress UK & Ireland 2021

Partnered by Straumann

October 1-2 2021, Edinburgh


For more information, or to register for your place, please visit

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