ACTA, Amsterdam, Netherlands – November 12, 2016 – Professor Daniel Wismeijer, Chairman of the Department of Oral Implantology at the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam (ACTA), had invited to a symposium on a new root-analog immediate implant that reduces the surgical risks and is a patient-friendly alternative to the traditional approach.
The event was held under the motto "Implantology is about to radically change - find out why".
This professional conference had been organized by the Department of Oral Surgery of the joint dental faculty of Amsterdam’s two leading universities and by Natural Dental Implants AG (Berlin). The ACTA, ultra-modern and with a futuristic ambience, is certainly unique in Europe. Although the symposium had originally been geared more to a German and Dutch audience, the participants hailed from eleven different countries. The digital global village has no borders, and exciting innovations find their way to prospective customers all over the world.
Several speakers reported on their clinical experiences with the REPLICATE™ system. Two live surgeries demonstrated how the patient-specific immediate implants are inserted. In addition, implant design and manufacturing, clinical indications and patient selection were presented and discussed.
Professor Wismeijer opened the symposium with his keynote speech, explaining that the external design features of rotationally symmetrical implants — the screw concept — have only changed marginally over at least the last 30 years. He suggested taking new approaches, starting to think out of the box, and being open to new ideas and pioneering technologies, as exemplified by CAD/CAM and by CBCT imaging. Wismeijer impressively outlined the entire digital workflow for producing completely individualized root-analog REPLICATE™ teeth.
Dr. David Anssari Moin, a research associate at the departments of implantology and prosthetic dentistry as well as periodontology at the ACTA, reported on indications and factors for success of the REPLICATE™ system based on a number of case studies.
Dr. John Blythe, award-winning oral and maxillofacial surgeon from London and Oxford, focused on patient satisfaction — especially on the aesthetic results and the atraumatic and minimally invasive technique. He was deeply impressed by the simplicity of the procedure, even though — or rather because! — he usually has to do with very complex surgical reconstructions.
Two live surgeries showing immediate rehabilitation cases were transmitted live from the OT, showing the simple, rapid and precise handling that the REPLICATE™system makes possible. The two-rooted premolar and the three-rooted molar that Dr. Anssari Moin had chosen were not exactly examples of simpler root anatomies, but just that was an impressive way to document the system’s broad range of indications.
A two-man team consisting of Dr. Reza Pour Saedi, research associate at the Department of Prosthodontics, University of Munich, and Dr. Burkart Zuch, dentist in private practice from Hamburg, demonstrated esthetic highlights in the anterior region. Showing excellent didactic skills, they walked the audience through the various steps of the process, showing how the procedure itself and a very gentle extraction method not only preserved the hard and soft tissue but actually significantly improved the soft-tissue situation — almost creating a tissue excess. Dr. Olivier Beckers of the European Face Center of the University of Brussels took up this issue and recalled that it is better always “to preserve what is there rather than spending a lot of time and energy on replacing what was lost.”
Dr. Dirk Duddeck, director of the Clean Implant Foundation and a guest researcher at the Charité University Medicine (Berlin), presented a clinical assessment of the technological features of the REPLICATE™ system compared to conventional implant systems. He especially recognized the top quality and high purity of the implant surface made possible by advanced manufacturing methods, the absolutely gapfree connections, plasma activation and cleaning, the super-hydrophilic properties and the high-quality package seal. Here, too, the patented REPLICATE™ systems scored plenty of points.
The symposium concluded with a collegial get-together where attendees could meet in in a casual environment to get to know each other better and to exchange old and new ideas.
The event received plenty of news coverage in various professional publications and was a major success for Natural Dental Implants.