When did you decide to turn towards a distinct field of specialty in the enormous knowledge base of dentistry?
The field of implantology and surgery was atracting me since 1995 when I was in last two years of studies at the medical university.
What solution do you suggest regarding the implantation of patients with severe grade of periodontitis?
Firstly to solve all the periodontal problems, to get the periodontal problem under full controll. I never suggest to treat the periodontitis only by extractions. I allways choose to give a chance to perspective teeth, which are even in complex cases great to keep as they help to keep intermaxillary relations, help by recreating the original aesthetics and prosthetics and are „ pressure sensors” of strong bite forces. This requires to meet the patient more times before implantation to see response of the patient on applied initial periodontal treatment. We have to understand the very individual patient biology first and then decide for the definitive treatment plan. We tend to propose „opened, modifiable” prosthetic solutions in this group and to keep in mind plan B if any of periodontically compromised teeth are going to be extracted in the future.
The variety of different bone grafts keeps widening. What do you think we could expect in this field?
I expect bone graft material, whoch will keep volume safely for 3-5 month and then will be resorbed rapidly (not in 10 years) so that the volume will be fully repaced by natural tissues (new bone).
Do you think it possible to determine the required dimension of soft tissue for an implant?
I do not think it is possible to change biotype of patients soft tissue in long term. Quality of soft tissue is determinet by the quality and volume of bone underneath. In thin biotype patients the best solution is to place implants subcrestally and so to create deeper sulcus, which will determine long term periimplant stability. Of course we have to use proper impant design to ensure there is going to be gap-less connection between implant and abutment in the depth of the sulcus, by other words that the implant and abutmen will behave like one piece implant.
Do you think that further possible methods of navigated implant surgeries will ever be able to substitute the professional knowledge and surgical skills of oral surgeons?
Who is your professional idol in your specialty?
People who have deeply insipred my development as a surgeon are Fouhad Khoury, Hubertus Netwig, Howard Gluckman, Bernd Giesengahen and many others. All of them with their profesiional skills and passion for the techniques they practice. I take something from everybody and put together my puzzles.
What do you pursue for relaxation or recreation in your free time?
I have passion flying glider planes, windsurfing and other watersports, arts and playing music.