When did you decided to immerse into the knowledge and practical solutions of dental implantology?
In 1992 upon my return from a two years of teaching and research at the University of texas, health Science Center in San Antonio.
What do you think to be the greatest improvement in technological innovations? (CAD/CAM, 3D printing, laser procedures, oral scanner, digital planning, CBCT, etc.)
Oral scanners and digital planning definitely changed dentistry. I also see the new technologies of tissue engineering as a major contribution to our patients health and quality of life.
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?
On the contrary, this may make surgeons less skilled and mor careless, as they will trust technology more than clinical observation and experience.
What solution do you suggest regarding the implantation of patients with severe grade of periodontitis?
First control the disease and save as many teeth as possible. Only then place implants and keep the patient on a tight periodontal maintenance regimen.
Do you think that bone grafts impregnated by various growth factors could be expected to get released on the markets?
I believe that this may help in extreme conditions (osteoporosis, elderly patients, health compromised patients etc.). I see collagen technology as safe and effective more than growth factors.
Are you in the viewpoint that a significant advancement or turning-point can take place in the field of implantology?
Yes, once the mindset of the world opinion leaders will change to a biological, rather than a mechanical approach to dental implantology.
What gives You the greates joy in your daily medicinal work?
To see my long term successful cases and my happy patients.
Would you tell us one of your favourite leisure time activity, field of interest or hobby?
Jogging. Especially in scenic running.