An event showcasing a 'sea-change' in dental bone grafting techniques has been praised by a group of leading UK dentists.
The event, Experience How Synthetic Materials Are Changing Grafting, was hosted by
EthOss® Regeneration Ltd alongside Swallow Dental Supplies at the SS Great Britain in Bristol.
The SS Great Britain, now a museum ship, was a passenger steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York, and was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854.
On the ship, more than 30 of the country's leading dentists heard from Dr Peter Fairbairn, Clinical Director of EthOss®, about his experience of using EthOss®, an innovative synthetic bone graft solution for dental implants, in more than 1,000 grafts - regularly achieving results of 50 percent new bone in just 12 weeks.
EthOss® is a bi-phasic synthetic material made from a mixture of beta tri calcium phosphate and calcium sulfate and is completely free from animal or human content. The unique composition of EthOss®, which has a built-in cell-occlusive barrier, removing the need for a separate collagen membrane, provides a highly stable graft.
The built-in membrane function prevents soft tissue ingress and helps to dramatically speed up healing times, by allowing the periosteum (and the related blood supply) direct contact with the graft site. This means surgical procedures can be completed much more quickly and reliably, benefitting both patient and dentist.
Dr Fairbairn said: "We were delighted to welcome so many dentists from across the UK to the SS Great Britain - a venue which is symbolic of the very peak in British engineering - to learn about new and progressive materials and techniques in the field of bone grafting.
"EthOss® is taking the field of bone grafting and implant placement to another level, providing significant benefits to both the dentist and the patient.”
Event delegates also heard from other leading dentists about the latest developments in bone grafting, including Andrew Fish, an experienced dentist based in Jersey.
Andrew said: "I’ve been using EthOss® for a few years now and still feel like I’m somehow 'cheating'. If there is one thing my years of experience have taught me, it is that bone grafting should not be this simple and predictable!
"I was delighted to share my experiences with the material at the event in Bristol. It was great to see so many open minded implantologists eager to learn about new technologies and techniques".