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For the benefit of patients

An overview of the ceramic implant societies around the globe

Around the world, a strong community of scientifically recognised and renowned specialists, of interested and motivated members of dental practices and universities, of strong and quality-oriented company partners, and of professional societies are all committed to one goal: the scientific production and dissemination of evidence-based and well-founded knowledge about dental ceramic implants for the benefit of patients. Dental implant treatment with ceramic implants is currently one of the fastest growing, most research-intensive and most innovative areas in dentistry. There continues to be a great deal of development in the market of ceramic implantology, and the need for evidence-based research remains high. These activities have to be carried out and accompanied by the dental profession within the framework of a non-profit professional society. The major ceramic societies are establishing curricula and intensifying their worldwide cooperation, and new professional societies are joining. The following provides an overview of the current scientific societies for ceramic implantology operating all over the world. And more is yet to come – stay tuned for more updates in our upcoming issues.

Sociedad Argentina de Implantología Cerámica (SADIC) |

In mid-2018, the Argentine society of ceramic implantology was created with the objective of promoting ceramic implantology in Argentina and the region by transmitting the experience acquired by its founders after almost a decade of practice and training. In an editorial in this issue, SADIC’s president, Dr Enrique Reinprecht, explains the extremely difficult beginnings of the clinical practice of ceramic implantology in South America, owing to the lack of supplies and training. Undoubtedly, access to information has changed in recent years, allowing a large number of dental professionals to access the latest trends quickly. At the same time, an agreement of mutual aid and advice was reached with a company with a global reach, MABB, which, being the only one in South America, provides the necessary materials to achieve the founding objective. Surely other companies will follow this path, understanding the change required by the users of these technologies.

During its years of existence, SADIC has presented informative and training events throughout the country. It is in the process of engaging with various educational institutions (among them the University of Buenos Aires and the Asociación Odontológica Argentina, the Argentine dental association) in order to motivate dental professionals and students of these institutions to immerse themselves in ceramic implantology and learn about its benefits.

The work in South America is enhanced by SADIC’s close relationship with the Brazilian academy of ceramic implantology, with whom its members share problems and solutions and pursue the same objectives. It is hoped that the actions to come will make other institutional relationships possible. Long-standing entities such as the International Society of Metal Free Implantology, International Academy of Ceramic Implantology, European Society for Ceramic Implantology and European Academy of Ceramic Implantology are references for SADIC and examples to follow.

European Academy of Ceramic Implantology (EACim)

More than ever, the European Academy of Ceramic Implantology is joining the efforts of its partners to build the future and to convey information on this approach to implantology to the greatest number of dentists in all of Europe. On 23 April in Belgium, three founding members of the EACim, Drs Pascal Eppe, Philippe Duchatelard and Giancarlo Bianca, brilliantly represented the academy in lectures on zirconia implantology in partnership with the Belgian dental society Société de Médecine Dentaire. On 2 June, Drs Simon Tordjman and Eppe were in Paris in France to give a presentation on the advantages of PEEK on zirconia implants. On 9 June, the EACim hosted an event in Brussels in Belgium, gathering about 50 participants, in which Drs Tolomeo Boioli and Eppe discussed the topic of zirconia implantology and biological dentistry.

The next major EACim event is planned for 15 October in Brussels, during which workshops will be presented by two of the EACim’s international ambassadors: Dr Marcel Wainwright from Germany and Dr Norbert Cionca from Switzerland. Participants will have the opportunity to spend a whole day with them dedicated to the use of piezo-surgery and mucogingival surgery in ceramic implantology. During the annual ADF congress in Paris in November, the EACim will be hosting a presentation by Dr Gallizia Claude on the management of temporary restorations on zirconia implants. The EACim’s next major international congress is scheduled for 10 June 2023 in Paris and will offer a scientific programme of international speakers and experts in ceramic implantology.

The strong and experienced team of the European Academy of Ceramic Implantology

The EACim shines through the communications of its members and ambassadors. Its mission is to transmit the academy’s passion for advancing implantology by integrating zirconia implantology into dentists’ therapeutic tools.

International Society of Metal Free Implantology (ISMI) |

In January 2014, the ISMI, International Society of Metal Free Implantology, was founded in Constance, Germany. The founding president is the implantologist and pioneer in the eld of ceramic implants, Dr Karl Ulrich Volz. The other founders include well-known implantologists from Germany and abroad. The aim of the professional society, founded on the initiative of specialists in ceramic implants, is to promote metal-free implantology as an innovative and particularly forward-looking direction within implantology. Furthermore, ISMI is committed to the comprehensive establishment of metal-free implant treatment concepts in its public relations work in specialist circles and in patient communication.

Dr Dominik Nischwitz and Dr Karl Ulrich Volz

In addition to patient promotion and public relations, the international society offers its members a number of benefits, such as an individual prole page for each active member of the society, an online specialist archive and
chat function on the topic of metal-free implantology, interesting continuing education offers and a regularly published newsletter as well as free subscription to the magazine ceramic implants, which is published three times a year. The current president of ISMI is Dr Dominik Nischwitz from Tübingen, a specialist in biological dentistry and ceramic implants.

Academia Brasileira de Implantologia Cerâmica (ABICeram) | +55 51 9912 30174

Before 2016, there was no ceramic implant brand in Brazil registered with the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency, and it was only a few pioneering dentists with links to Europe and the US who had any clinical or research experience with ceramic implants. These pioneers imported implants and used them for specific cases or research in Brazil or abroad. The registration of the first ceramic implant brand in Brazil in 2016 made it suddenly much easier for clinicians to gain and share experiences. As zirconia implants were a hot topic at that time, lectures and meetings started to take place all over the country. In 2018, with the support of the International Academy of Ceramic Implantology (IAOCI), the first South America Ceramic Implant Symposium was organised by Drs Rodrigo Beltrão and Sammy Noumbissi in Pôrto Alegre in Brazil and was attended by national and international speakers. The event was successful and a great opportunity for those from South America and Brazil in particular to meet and share experiences.

Group picture at the First South America Ceramic Implant Symposium in 2018

In 2019, Drs Beltrão and Noumbissi, together with Dr Rogério Salinas, organised the second South America Implant Symposium in São Paulo in Brazil, and that was the moment when we decided to create the Brazilian academy of ceramic implantology, ABICeram. Because of the pandemic, the association is still in the embryonic stage. In the meantime, ABICeram organises meetings online and we are in the process of legally establishing it and linking up with the IAOCI and European Society for Ceramic Implantology as supporters.

This article was pubished in Ceramic Implants – international magazine of ceramic implant technology, issue 3-22

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