August 2, 2019

View from the dentist’s chair: Debunking dental myths in the Big Apple

This month, Dr Peter Fairbairn is heading to New York to lecture at one of the world’s biggest dental implant and bone grafting events – the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).

In his latest blog, Dr Fairbairn shares his thoughts ahead of the prestigious event and debunks some one of the most common misconceptions that exists around synthetic graft materials.

The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) World Congress is one of the biggest events in the world for dental implants and bone grafting, and I’m incredibly honoured and excited to be lecturing there this Summer.

Taking place in New York this year, the event will mark the first time I’ve spoken in the US for many years. I’ve been fortunate to lecture all over the world in my career, and it’s great to be involved with presenting True Bone Regeneration concepts at increasingly large global events.

I’ve been practising and lecturing in this area for a long time, and it’s been highly encouraging to see the differences that modern synthetic graft materials have made, both in reliability and clinical results for patients around the world.

However, despite these advances, I still find myself coming across “myths” surrounding synthetic graft materials.

One of the most common is that “synthetics don’t work” and that “they lose volume after two to three years”.

This is simply not the case with modern synthetic materials – like EthOss – which are very effective and usually fully resorbed within 12-18 months.

The idea that this graft would lose volume years later, when it’s been completely replaced by host bone which is naturally turning over, doesn’t make physiological sense to me.  As long as the bone is loaded and kept in function, Wolff’s Law dictates that it will continue to turnover and remodel over time – it will not lose volume several years later for no reason (of course there is always the potential for volume loss in line with other patient health issues, along the same lines as any implant).

Look at the case below – this was a routine case for me and the images show the situation at four years (it has now been loaded over five years with no issues).  I grafted this case with EthOss which will have been resorbed and replaced by healthy, true host bone, kept in function by the implant.

You can view this full case here: https://ethoss.dental/buccal-defect-case/

A basic principle of the True Bone Regeneration philosophy is putting the body back in the state it was in before a defect / problem occurred which required treatment.

A modern synthetic material like EthOss gives us the capacity to do this, predictably.

BTCP has been used extensively in orthopaedics and wider medicine for many years and it’s encouraging to see the increasing take up of these materials in dentistry.

I’ll be discussing this along with many other areas of True Bone Regeneration in New York in August.

Hopefully I get to meet some of you there, but if not I wish you a great Summer break and hope to see you in one of my lectures in the remainder of 2019.