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Interview: “At every stage in one’s career, it is never too late to learn”

By Claudia Duschek, DTI
April 24, 2016

Managing aesthetics can be a challenging task for dental professionals and it plays an important role in regenerative therapy. Therefore, the Osteology Foundation dedicated a whole session to this topic at its International Symposium in Monaco. In order to learn more about treatment options to improve aesthetic outcomes, Dental Tribune Online met with session moderator Dr Isabella Rocchietta, who is affiliated with the Department of Biomaterials at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and performs clinical work limited to periodontics and implant dentistry in London in the UK, for a short interview.

Dental Tribune Online: Dr Rocchietta, what have been the most significant advances in regenerative dentistry with regard to aesthetics in recent years?
Dr Isabella Rocchietta: Most importantly, there has been a paradigm shift from a fashionable way of wanting to do everything immediately, with immediate loading and immediate implants, and so on, to a better understanding of the underlying biology. This development has led to slower, but more predictable, treatment plans, which helps improve control of the case, especially from an aesthetic point of view.

The overall theme of this year’s symposium is “Learning the ‘WHY’ and the ‘HOW’ in regenerative therapy”. To what extent can the meeting contribute to a better understanding?
The Osteology Foundation is very active and successful in communicating new methods and techniques. The symposium is a tool for every clinician to obtain knowledge that can be directly applied in clinical practice. The Osteology Foundation, just as the European Association for Osseointegration, the International Team for Implantology, and other organisations, is an extremely reliable source of knowledge. Coming to these meetings opens clinicians’ eyes to new aspects of treatment they might have never thought about. At every stage in life and at every stage in one’s career, it is never too late to learn.

How important is interdisciplinarity?
It is very crucial for successful treatment, as one needs to consider all aspects. One cannot provide a correct and sophisticated treatment plan if the diagnosis was only done by one individual. Nobody has such in-depth knowledge of all aspects. Thus, the interdisciplinary approach forms the basis of a correct and ethically sound treatment plan. In order to manage regenerative cases successfully, one needs to work in a team and the team includes not only clinicians from the different specialities, like oral surgery, periodontology and orthodontics, but also the laboratory and the patient. At the end of the day, we are clinicians and psychologists because we need to learn and understand our patient to be able to ensure that the treatment has the likelihood of success.

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