The Human Side of Implant Dentistry


Dr. Bill Schaeffer (centre) with Dr. Anthony Bendkowski (right)

Held in London last year by dental implant manufacturer Anthogyr, Le Cercle, which means ‘a round table discussion’, facilitated an exchange of knowledge and experience among implant dentists and technicians. Starting with a poll of the number of implants the audience had placed, the percentage of immediate loading cases, the level of guided bone regeneration (GBR) usage, and the adaptation of digital workflows, the discussion quickly intensified.

On the trend of immediate loading, Dr. Anthony Bendkowski said, “We’ve seen the commercial pressure increasing the amount of immediate load cases being carried out. But the pressure isn’t from companies – it’s from patients.”

Dr. Nigel Saynor

A surgical technique, socket shield, was described as “a difficult, technique-sensitive procedure, which could be rewarding if it works” by Dr. Nigel Saynor. At the same time, while Dr. Bill Schaeffer found the results brilliant, he no longer uses it because “it’s solving a problem I didn’t have.”

UK General Manager Chris Bartlett said, “Sometimes it feels as though the profession is in danger of being guided by social media at the moment. We mustn’t lose sight of the importance of discussing our failures, as well as our success, so that everyone can learn from them and keep implant dentistry moving together. It’s the human side of implant dentistry that drives us forward – and that’s what Le Cercle is all about.”