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300 years of experience take 300 years to gain

by: Frederic Love

World-renowned experts are the voice of experience today. Despite their small numbers, members of the Associated Brånemark Osseointegration Centers represent an enormous amount of cumulative experience in the field of osseointegration.

Recently, a small group of osseointegration pioneers, all of them representatives of the Associated Brånemark Osseointegration Centers (ABOC), gathered in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the organization’s annual meeting.

Among the well-known names in attendance were Drs. Per-Ingvar Brånemark, James Chow, Remesh Chowdhary, Edward Hui, Yataro Komiyama, Ulf Lekholm, Ulf Nannmark, Patrick Palacci, Laércio Vasconselos, Mats Wikström, William Becker and Lars Sennerby.

Together, this small band of implant experts has accumulated more than 300 years of experience of implant treatment ad modum Brånemark.

The importance of the team approach

In their discussions, one of the participants, Patrick Palacci, pointed out that “less is more” has always been the central philosophy behind the very successful original protocol itself—and its further development. “By respecting Mother Nature,” he said, “continuous development of simpler and safer techniques has been going on ever since the first patient was treated.”

Yataro Komiyama added, “To provide predictable long-term prognoses for patients, we should reevaluate the past and respect living tissues. The living tissue is wiser than the human being.”

According to Palacci, the members of the global ABOC network undertake to improve existing diagnostic, surgical and restorative techniques, and to spread awareness and knowledge of osseointegration.

At the Gothenburg meeting, the group underlined the central importance of the team approach to successful outcomes, and in a formal statement prepared for publication in Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research, they also wrote that the “prerequisites for a successful longterm implant treatment outcome include good patient selection, adequate evaluation and correct diagnosis, careful planning, suitable techniques, and regular maintenance.”

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