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April/May 2016 - Volume 9 Number 2 EDITORIAL ADVISORS Steve Barter, BDS, MSurgDent RCS Anthony Bendkowsk,i BDS, LDS RCS, MFGDP, DipDSed, DPDS, MsurgDent Philip Bennett, BDS, LDS RCS, FICOI Stephen Byfield, BDS, MFGDP, FICD Sanjay Chopra, BDS Andrew Dawood, BDS, MSc, MRD RCS Professor Nikolaos Donos, DDS, MS, PhD Abid Faqir, BDS, MFDS RCS, MSc (MedSci) Koray Feran, BDS, MSC, LDS RCS, FDS RCS Philip Freiburger, BDS, MFGDP (UK) Jeffrey Ganeles, DMD, FACD Mark Hamburger, BDS, BChD Mark Haswell, BDS, MSc Gareth Jenkins, BDS, FDS RCS, MScD Stephen Jones, BDS, MSc, MGDS RCS, MRD RCS Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS Jonathan Lack, DDS, CertPerio, FCDS Samuel Lee, DDS David Little, DDS Andrew Moore, BDS, Dip Imp Dent RCS Ara Nazarian, DDS Ken Nicholson, BDS, MSc Michael R. Norton, BDS, FDS RCS(ed) Rob Oretti, BDS, MGDS RCS Christopher Orr, BDS, BSc Fazeela Khan-Osborne, BDS, LDS RCS, BSc, MSc Jay B. Reznick, DMD, MD Nigel Saynor, BDS Malcolm Schaller, BDS Ashok Sethi, BDS, DGDP, MGDS RCS, DUI Harry Shiers, BDS, MSc, MGDS, MFDS Harris Sidelsky, BDS, LDS RCS, MSc Paul Tipton, BDS, MSc, DGDP(UK) Clive Waterman, BDS, MDc, DGDP (UK) Peter Young, BDS, PhD Brian T. Young, DDS, MS

CE QUALITY ASSURANCE ADVISORY BOARD Dr. Alexandra Day, BDS, VT Julian English, BA (Hons), editorial director FMC Dr. Paul Langmaid, CBE, BDS, ex chief dental officer to the Government for Wales


ooking back on the Academy of Osseointegration’s recent Annual Meeting, I am impressed with the level of collegiality among our profession, and the importance of it to the vitality of dentistry in the 21st century; and perhaps nowhere is it more vital than in implant dentistry. Collegiality is defined as the relationship between colleagues — those united in a common purpose. Whether we are specialists or general dentists, students or seasoned practitioners, living in the United States or across the pond, our shared goal is to enhance oral health Alan Pollack, DDS and make our patients smile. While technology has advanced to improve success rates and shorten healing times, there has also been an explosion of information regarding choices for implant surfaces, attachment types, restorative design, and materials. It’s not easy to navigate and identify the most relevant and up-to-date information and avoid the trap of being creatures of habit, continuing to do what we’re most familiar with. While very few of us are able to quote every clinical article in the past 5 years, it is imperative that we keep current with trends and best practices. And the best way to do that is through sharing both successes and problems with colleagues. In addition, we’re facing increasing issues of long-term and medically related complications, e.g., peri-implantitis and medication-related post-surgical and late bone complications. The plethora of decisions we face makes it evermore imperative that we understand the risks, as well as the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of each option. That’s why it’s so important for us to come together and participate in vetted programming and educational events we can trust. As a unified group of committed clinicians, we can gain new perspectives and challenge our old ways of thinking. We all, dentists and scientists across the spectrum of disciplines and backgrounds, need to teach, challenge, and critique one another; and we need to do it in an environment independent of outside influences. Collegiality also fosters a cross-fertilization of ideas — spanning not only specialties, but also generations. While at this year’s meeting, I was reminded of — and inspired by — the enthusiasm, fresh thinking, and familiarity with the literature our young members brought with them. I also saw how our more tenured members offered insights into how to evaluate the “latest and greatest” advances that come along. With the global implant dentistry market expected to double by 2018, it is increasingly important for all dentists involved in implant dentistry to work together to represent our field in the best light possible and to keep success rates high, and our patients safe and happy with our professional skills. The Academy of Osseointegration (AO) is an organization that connects us all and has led the way in implant dentistry since 1985. Together, we evaluate emerging research, technology and techniques, share best practices, and coordinate optimal patient care using timely, evidence-based information. (And, I’ll let you in on a little secret: We have quite a bit of fun doing it!) If you’re considering joining AO, more information about member benefits can be found at Your colleague, Alan Pollack, DDS President, Academy of Osseointegration

Dr. Ellis Paul, BDS, LDS, FFGDP (UK), FICD, editor-inchief Private Dentistry Dr. Chris Potts, BDS, DGDP (UK), business advisor and ex-head of Boots Dental, BUPA Dentalcover, Virgin Dr. Harry Shiers, BDS, MSc (implant surgery), MGDS, MFDS, Harley St referral implant surgeon

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Dr. Pollack received his BA in Biology from Queens College, City University of New York, and his DDS degree from Columbia University School of Dental Medicine. He completed postgraduate programs in General Practice at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and in Periodontics at Columbia University. He served as a clinical assistant in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1984 to 2003, and as an attending dentist at Beth Israel Medical Center from 1992 to 1998. Dr. Pollack has authored numerous publications in the dental literature and is a member of many professional organizations, including Omicron Kappa Upsilon, American Academy of Periodontology, American Dental Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, First District Dental Society, and Northeastern Society of Periodontists. He is a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology and AO and has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings. Dr. Pollack currently owns a private practice in New York City.

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