DDS, PhD, MSc, MClinDent, Mondcentrum Eyckholt,, Associate Professor Periodontology & Implant Dentistry of The College of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Birmingham
Chapter 3 “Clinical Aspects”
The step from titanium to zirconium dioxide – if I start on Monday
Change is part of life but only the fittest survive. Without change there is no evolution, and without evolution, degeneration occurs. Standing still is even going backwards…
Change is not easy, is often feared and creates uncertainty. Therefor, most people prefer to stick to old trusted solutions, instead of embracing innovations.
Medicine, in particular dentistry, is a discipline that is continuously subjected to evolutionary trends. Soon, printed prosthesis and crowns, instead of handmade devices, will be available. Where formerly amalgam was used to fill up cavities, today composites are commonly applied.
Since P-I. Brånemark introduced osseointegration in dental medicine, a tremendous evolution took place. Whereas primarily only the full edentulous were treated with complete bridges or overdentures, now solitary implants are the majority of our routine implant cases.
Also implants changed dramatically over the years. The morphology of the screws, even as the surface properties were further developed, ceramic abutments were introduced, so was guided surgery.
The implant material of choice remained however titanium. The only alternative in the past was aluminium-oxide, a product that was not appropriate as implant material because of its weakness. More recently however, zirconia implants entered the market.
This lecture will explain why zirconia implants can and will change the field of oral implantology. Furthermore a strategy on how to introduce ceramic implants in your daily practice next Monday, is presented. Finally, a 5-step plan to increase your market share in (ceramic) implants is proposed.
Dr. Bollen was born in ‘69 in Belgium and graduated in 1992 as dentist (DDS) at the Catholic University Leuven (B). In 1996 he received his PhD and 1 year later he finished his MSc in periodontology & implantology, both at the same university. In 2016 he became MClinDent in aesthetic and restorative dentistry (University of the Pacific, US).
Dr. Bollen published more than 35 scientific articles in peer reviewed international dental journals and was author/co-author of 8 books/chapters in books. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Dental Health, Oral Disorders & Therapy and editor of 10 other online journals.
Formerly, he was active as consultant and researcher at different universities: Leuven and Liège (B), Nijmegen (NL), Bonn and Düsseldorf (D). At the latter university he was clinical assistant professor (2010-2012). Recently, he was associate professor at the university of Manchester (UK) (2017-2018).
Actually, he is key opinion leader for several dental implant companies. Curd Bollen leads a multi-disciplinary dental clinic in the Netherlands, where his proffesional activities are limited to periodontology, implantology and halitosis. Since 2018 he is scientific board member of the European Society for Ceramic Implantology (ESCI).
His main interests are ceramic dental implants, L-PRF-supported regenerative surgery and halitosis.