The 16`th Annual Meeting of the Scandinavian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry has recently place at its home base, the beautiful Solstrand Fjord Hotel, under the valedictory Presidency of Peter Boy Andresen.
I have attended this meeting for several years as an invited speaker and/or ‘moderator’ and the SAED has become my favourite dental society. After more than four decades of attending dental conferences around the world, I can safely say that in terms of emotional warmth and generous hospitality, only the Irish come close to members of this Academy. There is also a quality of professional integrity and a sense of vocation to be found among SAED members – refreshing in these days of increasingly commercialised and market-driven dentistry and dental courses. In opposition to those forces, the seeds of interest in minimal intervention and the preservation of dental enamel have all germinated and are thriving at the SAED. They were probably planted by their oldest and most famous member, Sverker Toreskog, who attended this meeting.
The presenter line-up was, as usual, international, with 18 speakers from Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, over a two and a half day meeting period. Topics included autotransplantation of teeth, colour matching, management of cleft lip and palate, the survival of different restorative materials in extensive posterior cavities, all ceramic Maryland bridges, rubber dam technique, making the choice between natural roots and implants and the future of digital impressions. The meeting finished with an orthodontic morning in which Invisalign, the Inman Aligner and lingual orthodontics were presented as more aesthetic alternatives to conventional fixed orthodontics.
Most speakers stuck to their time allocations, allowing for significant discussion within the audience of some 90 dentists and dental technicians. All the presentations, most in 3:1 aspect ratio, had the benefit of superb projection and audio facilities in an airy room with appropriately variable levels of lighting.
Partners not attending the presentations could hardly have wished for more, in comfort or facilities. The kitchen is excellent, breakfasts and lunches being often in buffet style. Apart from the usual high-end spa treatments and gym, the hotel has an indoor as well as an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, the latter in stainless steel with an infinity edge, visually merging its water with that of the fjord beyond. It is this breathtakingly beautiful fjord which gives the hotel its name and its consistent popularity, making it so many people’s favourite hotel in the world. Endlessly changing skies above small wooded islands with layers of hills receding beyond and a feeling of calm as the light strikes off the sea water. All the bedrooms face this fjord.
As you may imagine, it is not always possible to get a room at the Solstrand Fjord Hotel. The easiest way I know is to become a member of the SAED (you don’t have to be Scandinavian) which has a permanent booking at the hotel for its annual conference, usually held in the last weekend in August. If you make it, you are likely to leave with increased faith in the dental profession, in human nature and in the beauty of the world.