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Gaining bone height

“Most patients like the idea of getting a customized solution”

Verena Vermeulen | Switzerland, Dr. Luis Marcelo Calderero | Switzerland
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“This technique reduces the difficulties to less than half”
Enea Simonato | Italy, Verena Vermeulen | Switzerland

Many, many techniques are available to gain vertical bone height—including meshes, non-resorbable membranes, bone blocks or osteotomies. Prof. Matteo Chiapasco, Italy, has successfully used most of them. Why did he switch to Yxoss CBR®?

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Should we compress biomaterials or not?
Dr. Giulia Cerino | Switzerland, Verena Vermeulen | Switzerland

Does bone regeneration work better in a defect site loosely filled with a bone substitute material, or is compression of the biomaterial beneficial? Prof. Jung-Chul Park, Korea, is among the first researchers to investigate this question in a clinical study. Here he talks with Niklaus Stiefel from Geistlich’s research department about existing evidence and speculation in the field of compressive forces.

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“Customized treatments are definitely beneficial”
Dr. Giulia Cerino | Switzerland

The number of possible treatments for bone augmentation is quite large. Which one is advisable to use and for what situation? How do new technologies work? We met Prof. Andy Temmerman, University of Leuven, during Osteology Barcelona and he gave us some insights into the topic.

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Bone augmentation
Dr. Giulia Cerino | Switzerland

Can jaw bone be restored in width and height using an innovative customized 3-D printed titanium scaffold? Our infographic summarizes a recent study from Sagheb et al. and sheds light on this question.

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“Simplified treatment is not necessarily good treatment”
Verena Vermeulen | Switzerland

Do dentists and patients have unrealistic expectations about what technology can do? With AAP past president Dr Don Clem, we discussed the search for simplified treatment, predictability and what it really takes to become a better surgeon.

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Geistlich Bio-Oss® is an option for augmenting atrophic bone
Dr. Giulia Cerino | Switzerland

Causing a low pro-inflammatory response, Geistlich Bio-Oss® integrates into the augmentation site, serves as a scaffold, and reduces the ingrowth of connective tissue.1

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Use of Yxoss CBR® in the anterior area
Prof. Frank Liebaug | China

The disadvantages of bone blocks for large bone augmentation are significant – graft resorption, harvest site morbidity, poor graft integration and limited blood supply. Yxoss CBR® provides an alternative approach using particulate graft material.

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When the company meets the university
Dr. Giulia Cerino | Switzerland

Geistlich believes in strategic collaborations with universities, and with the University of Geneva, Geistlich found a new partner for quality research. Prof. Irena Sailer, Head of Geneva’s Division of Fixed Prosthodontics and Biomaterials, and Dr. Birgit Schäfer, Geistlich’s Executive Scientific Manager, talk about synergies between the two organizations.

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Minimally invasive approaches for major indications
Dr. Alexander Volkmann | Germany

A significant ridge deficiency with horizontal and vertical dimensions. How should this three-tooth gap be treated?

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“Explantation is a decisive turning point for the patients”
Verena Vermeulen | Switzerland

Explantation can be a last resort to handle an infected implant. Dr. Mauro Merli, Italy, has gained experience in this unpleasant procedure and the subsequent rebuilding of jaw bone. Here he shares his insights into minimally invasive techniques, suitable materials and the value of listening to the patient’s expectations.  

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Proper flap and suture techniques are key to success
Dr. Luca De Stavola | Italy

Major bone augmentations with either Guided Bone Regeneration or a bone block increase bone volume significantly. But without proper flap techniques, wound dehiscences can jeopardize success.

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Using a 3-D collagen matrix for vestibuloplasty
Dr. Christian Schmitt | Germany

No painful graft harvest and very good color and texture match surrounding tissue - these are major advantages when performing a vestibuloplasty with Geistlich Mucograft®. Now there is long-term data over five years.

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Augmentation procedures for geriatric patients
Prof. Zhuofan Chen | China, Dr. Zhipeng Li | China

Old age is not a contraindication for bone augmentation and implant placement, but patient and technique factors have to be considered.