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Newcastle Study Club - 27 September 2018

Piezosurgery Applied to Implant Dentistry

Presented by: Luca di Alberti
Exhibitors: Trycare, Southern Implants UK, Straumann Ltd
Date: 27 September 2018
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Novotel Newcastle Airport, Ponteland Road, Kenton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 3HZ

In recent years, numerous efforts have been made to make implant therapy more safe. One of these efforts has been the reduction of the healing period using new implant surfaces that may shorten and improve the osseointegration process. Ultrasonical osteotomy is a technique based on ultrasonic vibration of an osteotomic device that permits precise cutting of bone structures without damaging adjacent soft tissues. Several studies have demonstrated the outcome of osseointegration of alveolar bone around dental implants inserted with piezoelectric osteotomy versus conventional osteotomy. Ultrasonic stimuli accelerate fracture healing, enhance tendon and ligament healing, induce neoangiogenesis, promote biological effects on osteogenic, odontoblast-like cells, and osteoblasts.


DDS (Hons) 1994, PhD, Dip Spec Oral Surg

Luca qualified as a Doctor in Dental Surgery with Laude at the University of Chieti in Italy in 1994. He prepared his DDS degree thesis at the University of Bristol in 1993 in the Department of Oral Medicine and Pathology under the supervision of Prof. Crispian Scully. After graduating as a dentist he moved to London to work firstly as a research assistant and then as a lecturer until 1998 at the Department of Oral Medicine of the Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Care Sciences, University College of London. During this period he undertook his PhD in Oral Medicine and Virology collaborating actively with the Virus Reference Division at the Central Public Health Laboratories in Colindale, London. Prof. Crispian Scully and Prof Stephen Porter from UCL and Dr Chong Gee Teo from CPHL supervised his thesis.

In 1996 Luca started to gain experience as an oral surgeon and implantologist, collaborating with dental practices in UK and Italy. In 1998 he returned in Italy to run the dental family practice, which has been active since 1935, focusing his work mainly on implantology and prosthodontics. In 2000 and 2001 he gained certificates in Oral Surgery, Clinical Implantology and Biomaterials. From 2000 until 2002 he was lecturing at the University of Buffalo, state of New York, at the Advanced Course of Implantology. In 2008 he gained his three years course specialisation in Oral Surgery with a final thesis on Immediate Loading of Dental Implants.

Until 2009 he lectured as Visiting Professor at the University of Chieti in General Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine. From 2009 until 2014 he was a Clinical Professor in Oral Surgery and Implantology at the University of Foggia. Since 2003 he has been lecturing at several Universities at the Master Courses in Implantology and Piezosurgery, and Internationally at congresses and private courses, and from 2005 he runs an annual course in Basic and Advanced Implantology. In 2016 he completed a Course in Advance Bone Regeneration with Prof. Istvan Urban. He is one of the founding members and active members of the International Academy of Osseointegration. He is a member of the Italian Society of Periodontology and the Association of Dental Implantology.

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