Dr. Maciej Michalak is a dentist and surgeon working at the forefront of dental implant technology. A user of the REPLICATE System, he sat down with us to discuss the current state of dental technology and treatment options for tooth replacement.
Dr. Michalak graduated from the Medical University of Lublin with Rector’s honors and studied with the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry at the Medical University of Lublin, as well as the Faculty of Management Studies of the Warsaw School of Medicine. He was an employee of the Military Institute of Aviation Medicine and began his specialization in dental surgery at the Military Medical Institute in Warsaw in 2012. He was the first and only Polish person in the World Academy of Growth Factors & Stem Cells in Dentistry.
Dr. Michalak later became Coordinator of the FDI 2016 congress of practical training and a member of the Polish Society of Chewing Dysfunctions’ peer tribunal. He is the Co-founder and CEO of BE ACTIVE DENTIST and was President of ZG PTSS (Management Board of the Polish Association of Dentistry Students) from 2010 to 2013, where he is currently an Honorary Member.
Question: How important are dental implants in your practice? What dental implant systems (or types) do you currently use?
In most cases where patients are lacking teeth, implant treatment is by far the best solution. Mostly, I prefer using titanium, two-phase dental implants. Lately, patients have started to demand alternative solutions: they prefer zirconia over titanium and, if possible, the REPLICATE System. The benefits of these solutions are strong enough that people choose them despite a much higher overall price.
Question: As someone who cares about using the latest innovative technology in your practice, in your opinion, what have been the most outstanding innovations in the field of dental implantology in the last years?
The ever-changing dentistry of today is getting better at creating solutions as close to nature as possible using innovative dental technology. Not only are the dental implants becoming more individual: as whole, the dental treatment procedures are less traumatizing for the patients. With a well-established and efficient dental implantation protocol that combines Concentrated Growth Factors (CGF) with stem cells CD34+ for faster healing and osseointegration of the implants, dental surgeons are already in possession of medicine that mimics the patterns and power of nature. The possibilities are reaching new dimensions, and I’m more than certain that things are going in the right direction
Question: What recommendations can you give other doctors who want to place a REPLICATE Tooth for the first time?
Gentle dental extraction is the first and foremost skill to be mastered. Also, you need to properly classify patients for an accurate dental treatment system. To master the basics, participate, either as a spectator or a trainee, in live implant courses.
Question: What type of patient do you think is a good candidate for a REPLICATE Tooth?
Every patient with high expectations regarding aesthetics and minimally invasive procedures will be pleased with the unique approach offered by the REPLICATE System.
Question: What are your experiences with patients after the implantation of a REPLICATE Tooth? What have you heard from patients after the replacement process?
The majority of patients are amazed at how painless the procedure really is. Since there is no drilling involved, they usually aren’t aware of the moment the REPLICATE Tooth is inserted into their tooth socket. Moreover, with REPLICATE, the healing progress is much easier compared to traditional dental implant procedures.
Question: As a specialist in dental implantology, you offer different dental implants. Does a REPLICATE Tooth have any advantages over conventional implants?
The main advantages of the REPLICATE Tooth are those beneficial to the patient: minimal invasiveness, painlessness, and the fact that the procedure itself is expedient. After the dental treatment, the patient can return to work the following day. Many patients never considered this as an option.
Question: What is the future of dental implantology? What trends are you seeing in Poland and/or Europe?
The future of implantology, as well as medicine in general, lies in creating solutions as close to nature as possible. It’s CGF with stem cells that gives faster and better healing results, faster bone growth and better implant osseointegration, as well as individually shaped dental implants for tooth replacement. I’m certain that “implants of the future” will further develop towards resembling a real tooth as much as possible.
Dr. Maciej Michalak is a dentist, surgeon, prosthetist and CEO of BE ACTIVE DENTIST. He is one of the first REPLICATE users in Poland. He is based in Warsaw, where he is using the system at MAESTRIA clinic.