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5 questions to Alberto Sicilia

26.11.2018
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Dr. Giulia Cerino | Switzerland

Prof. Sicilia, you were congress chair of last year's EAO congress on the topic “Twenty-five years of implant dentistry. What have we learned?” What is your opinion?

Prof. Sicilia: This question is especially relevant today when rapid developments lead us to reconsider our workflows. The industry is playing an essential role in the development of osseointegration science and technology, and we are thankful for that. However, with so many sources of knowledge the avalanche of information is so huge that the clinician might feel disoriented and lost, being unable to identify the evidence-based information. In the last 25 years many techniques have been adopted based only on shortterm product-oriented research, and we have seen a lot of preventable complications. The EAO wants to make a mission of that, and promote evidence-based long-term research, prospective or retrospective, with the aim of helping dentists to provide their patients with safe treatments and long-lasting restorations. To cut a long story short, what I’ve learnt during these 25 years is that it is of paramount importance to base my decisions on long-term results!


In 2016 you were elected president of the EAO. What are your most significant achievements and your future goals?

Prof. Sicilia: On the EAO Board we have a team-approach, and no personal merit may be attributed to any particular individual. I entered the EAO Board in 2010, together with my friends Luca Cordaro and Henning Schliephake, and together we’ve seen an exponential development. The traditional values have been respected and maintained, while at the same time new projects have been developed. We launched new publications, established our headquarters in Paris, and we developed the social media policy and communication strategies. As an indication of success, we’ve doubled the number of members.


What are your thoughts on minimally-invasive techniques?
Prof. Sicilia:
From a personal perspective I define myself as a dentist who is committed entirely to minimally invasive strategies. I have been working with an operating microscope since 1997, and, thanks to digital dentistry, I try to avoid incisions whenever possible. In this context, I wholeheartedly celebrate any scientifically proven initiative in this area. My congratulations to those in this line of work!


In 1993 you became Director of the "Master in Periodontology" at the University of Oviedo. What are your strategies to help young clinicians become successful periodontists?
Prof. Sicilia:
I firmly believe in face-to-face clinical training. In our master program we accept only two residents per year, which means that we manage continuously six students, with more than ten clinical professors. Students perform surgeries with a clinical supervisor; after the second year they receive training using an operating microscope; and in the third year all of the procedures are done with this approach.


Is there any time for hobbies?
Prof. Sicilia:
I have more hobbies than time to practice them! Mostly I am a sports fanatic. I returned to playing rugby in my late forties, which is crazy for a dentist, since I broke a finger on three occasions! I get enough exercise with training 4-5 days a week, and I love to surf in the summer and ski in the winter. However, I must say that, since I’ve become a member of the EAO Board, my hobby time has been significantly reduced - not evidence-based, but I can assure you, considerably!

Dr. Giulia Cerino

Dr. Giulia Cerino | Switzerland

Manager Medical Communications
Geistlich Pharma

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