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Back to the future

Back to the future

dusseldorfSitting here in Dusseldorf Airport after a couple of weeks in Europe it seems strange how what is old can be new again.  The intra-oral titanium weldingconcept I lectured on while in Italy was actually originally developed by an Italian over 30 years ago, however it never took off in English speaking countries and was not widely known about.  After several visits to Silvano Tramonte in Milan and some heavy paper work with the Australian TGA I finally got my machine to weld titanium earlier this year.  It is the first legal one in Australia (who knows what has been imported illegally) and represents a major advance in immediate implant loading.  Over the coming years I expect them to expand sales to our side of the pond as dentists come to realise what the machine can do.

While in Dusseldorf I visited Marcel Wainwright and watch him do two cases of sinus lifting with the intralift system.  This potentially could be the biggest single advance in sinus lifts for decades.  The ability to do a large graft of 2 cc through two tiny 5 mm holes is like the equivalent of the revolution endoscopic surgery for abdominal surgery.  Less surgical time, less discomfort, faster recovery with less swelling or potential bruising, the list goes on.  Like everything the devil is in the detail and I am glad I made the trip to visit him and watch the surgery live.  After doing his course in Sydney I knew there were some subtle aspects of how to get it done that just don’t come across in a lecture course.  In the last 12 months there have also been some minor changes to themethods as well so all in all a good trip for me.

Now for 24 hours of flights and airports …