It was the initiative of Dr. Navot Givol, Director of Soroka's Oral and Maxillofacial Clinic, together with Dr. Lior Katzap, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Israel Dental Association.
Approximately 100 dentists from southern Israel participated in the conference, with the aim of strengthening the relationships between Soroka's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit and dentists in the community in order to improve service to the region's residents.
At the conference, innovations in oral and maxillofacial surgery were presented by Soroka experts, including:
• Surgery to repair congenital and developmental facial defects - Dr. Eytan Bar Daroma
• Life-threatening dental infections and treatment of chronic inflammation of the jaw bones due to drug therapy - Dr. Michael Pasis
• Dental implants and prerehabilitative surgery - Dr. Natan Ilgaiev
• Basic diagnoses of problems in the temporalmandibular system - Dr. Navot Givol
The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit was expanded last year, with the addition of staff members in a variety of fields. It is a single point of contact for all issues related to oral and maxillofacial surgery. One of the most major issues is treatment of trauma injuries - serious facial injuries due to road accidents, violence or war injuries.
Another key area is treatment is benign and malignant growths in the mouth and jaw together with the Ear, Nose and Throat Department.
The Unit also performs orthognathic surgery to correct congenital and developmental jaw defects in children and adults.
Dr. Navot Givol, Director of Soroka's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, said, "The Oral and Maxillofacial Unit at Soroka serves as a consulting center for community physicians and for dentists in the south. Through meetings such as these, we can provide the residents of the Negev with high-quality and highly accessible treatment for maxillofacial issues."
Dr. Lior Katzap, Secretary of the Central Committee, Israel Dental Association: "Soroka's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit contributes significantly to the Negev, both in terms of medical development and the quality of medical care. Dr. Navot Givol and the Oral and Maxillofacial Clinic staff at Soroka bring everything together, along with risk management, which is the secret to providing patients with the best possible care."