The 1st European Council for Ceramic Implantology of ESCI took place on 5 October 2018 at the SwissRe “Center for Global Dialogue” in Rüschlikon ZH / Switzerland. At the first Council, specialists with the highest level of expertise in ceramic implantology met with representatives of the leading manufacturers at the “round table” to discuss topics in dental ceramic implant science.
Participants for the ESCI: Prof. Ralf Kohal (D), Prof. Michael Gahlert (D), Prof. Jerome Chevalier (FRA), Prof. Corado Piconi (ITA), Dr. med. Curd Bollen (NED), ESCI President Dr. Jens Tartsch (CH) and ESCI Vice President Dr. Stefan Röhling (D). The company partners Straumann AG, Nobel Biocare, Camlog, Zeramex and Z-Systems AG were represented by high-ranking delegates
For the first time it was possible to develope an official, joint statement from science and industry on the current state of dental implantology with ceramic implants. This statement was formulated by the Scientific Advisory Board of ESCI and adopted by the Council and the Company Partners:
Statement Ceramic Implantology 1st Council of European Society for Ceramic Implantology
Ceramic implants are an addition to the treatment spectrum in implant dentistry
They are a hot topic in implant dentistry and need a sound scientific and clinical approach
The request for ceramic implants is increasing.
Micro-rough zirconia implants show similar osseointegration rates as titanium implants.
Furthermore, clinical investigations on zirconia implants report comparable results to titanium implants up to 5 years.
Zirconia implants are recommended for clinical use. However, long-term results are currently missing to confirm the promising short- and mid-term data.
Optimized manufacture processes and standardisation of testing is needed.