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The science of serendipity

Dr. Klaus Duffner | Germany
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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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Significantly lower patient morbidity for xenogeneic collagen matrix
Dr. Giulia Cerino | Switzerland

Are xenogeneic matrices valuable alternatives to autologous soft tissue grafts for increasing mucosal thickness, gaining keratinized mucosa width, and reducing patient morbidity? A collaboration between Spanish and US researchers, led by Dr. Jordi Gargallo-Albiol, answered this question with a systematic review and meta-analysis.1

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Dental Surgery becomes digital
Dr. Giulia Cerino | Switzerland

Dr. Mike Newman* is an advocate of the use of an interactive surgical simulator for dental healthcare professionals. We asked him to help us shed light on this new and exciting possibility.

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Can Ridge Preservation prevent sinus lift?
Verena Vermeulen | Switzerland

Can Ridge Preservation reduce vertical changes and thereby prevent sinus lift? For the first time, this question has been investigated in a prospective randomized clinical trial.

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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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“Thorough cleaning of the extraction socket is key”
Verena Vermeulen | Switzerland

Dr. Diego Velasquez, USA, has extensive experience with Ridge Preservation. We discussed with him indications, complications and the influence the selected biomaterial has on the treatment outcome. 

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“Feedback from students has been tremendously positive”
Verena Vermeulen | Switzerland

The Osteology Foundation offers digital planning tools for researchers on its community platform THE BOX. The “Biostatistics Wizard” and the “Research Wizard” are set to ease the planning of research projects. We discussed the tools with Dr. Claudio Mendes Pannuti, Associate Professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

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Enough keratinized tissue even in the long run
Verena Vermeulen | Switzerland

Geistlich Mucograft® together with an apically repositioned flap can create new keratinized tissue of excellent quality and perfect texture and color match. This has been shown by many studies. What matters most for patients, though, is long-term stability. A group of clinicians led by Carlo Maiorana, Italy, investigated this topic.1

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5 clinicians and 5 questions
Dr. Rachel Schallhorn | United States

We selected renowned clinicians and asked them to answer five research related questions, sharing their points of view with fellow clinicians. 

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5 clinicians and 5 questions
Prof. Giuseppe Romito | Brazil

We selected renowned clinicians and asked them to answer five research related questions, sharing their points of view with fellow clinicians. 

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5 clinicians and 5 questions
Prof. Andreas Stavropoulos | Sweden

We selected renowned clinicians and asked them to answer five research related questions, sharing their points of view with fellow clinicians. 

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5 clinicians and 5 questions
Prof. Nikos Donos | United Kingdom

We selected renowned clinicians and asked them to answer five research related questions, sharing their points of view with fellow clinicians. 

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5 clinicians and 5 questions
Prof. Kristina Badalyan | Russia

We selected renowned clinicians and asked them to answer five research related questions, sharing their points of view with fellow clinicians. 

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Research that should influence clinical practice
Dr. Ulpee R. Darbar | United Kingdom

Systematic reviews, despite heterogeneity and standardization issues, can give the clinician a framework from which to assess and plan their patients, temporarily making up for the current lack of randomized controlled trials particularly in the fi eld of dental implantology. This article provides a short overview of key published systematic reviews and their relevance to the clinician.

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Geistlich Bio-Oss® Collagen to treat erratic healing
Dr. Giulia Cerino | Switzerland

How to deal with extraction sockets that do not show new bone formation after a normal healing period, but instead fill with connective tissue? A prospective, observational study investigates the effect of Ridge Preservation for this condition.1

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Photography in dentistry: Storing, modifying and publishing pictures
Dr. Pasquale Loiacono | Italy

Photography has become a valuable resource in daily dental practice, revolutionizing the way clinicians diagnose, treat and communicate with patients and colleagues. We gave he floor to the expert, Dr. Pasquale Loiacono, who shared tips and tricks for achieving a quality dental image.