Options in prosthetic full arch reconstruction with PEEK
Although this high performance polymer material is nothing new in medicine and dentistry it is still missing the broad acceptance in the dental market. This is due to the fact that this plastic material is so different to what we are used to.
The first part of the lecture is dedicated to the 10 year clinical results we already have and will explain the real potential and reliability of this material. Polyetheretherketone is sometimes called the steel among plastics due to the unique and outstanding material properties, I will explain.
Last but not least it is metal free and biocompatible.
This plastic is considered one of the world’s highest performing materials of its kind and many metal parts in industry are being replaced by PEEK. Especially in dentistry this material even provides advantages over metal parts.
The second part of the lecture explains how and in which way PEEK can help us to provide definitive metal free full arch rehabilitations in the edentulous jaw with considerable advantages compared to other materials.
Dr. med. dent. Bernd Siewert, graduated from the Christian Albrecht University, Kiel, Germany, in 1987, and gained his Dr. med. dent doctorate in 1989. Since 1996, Dr. Siewert has had his own private practice in Madrid and specializes in implant and prosthetic treatment. Since 2006 he is working with zirconia implants and started in 2008 the application of PEEK in dental prosthesis. In order to implement his ideas concerning PEEK, he started a dental laboratory (PEEK-O-BELLO, SL) and milling center specialized on metal free materials as zirconia and PEEK. In the last 10 years he gradually switched all the working protocols in the office from analog to digital.
He lectures internationally and is the author of numerous publications on PEEK