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Extensive vertical defect in the anterior maxilla. (Image: Edgard El Chaar)

How to use Straumann biomaterials—an overview for dental students

In an upcoming webinar specifically aimed at dental students, Dr Edgard El Chaar will review Straumann’s entire biomaterial portfolio. El Chaar, a former director of the advanced education program and former clinical associate professor at New York University in the US, will provide product overviews, discuss benefits and explain where and when to use which biomaterial. Prior to his presentation, he gave Dental Tribune International a brief outline of his webinar and gave some advice for dental students during the challenging times of SARS-CoV-2.

Dr El Chaar, in your webinar you will discuss the complete Straumann biomaterial portfolio. Which products does that include exactly?
I will mainly review bone substitutes, collagen membranes and enamel matrices. I will share my clinical experience with autogenous biomaterials, and a special focus will lie on allografts.

What has been your personal experience with Straumann biomaterials?
I have been using Straumann biomaterials exclusively for over four years now. Owing to its versatility, this portfolio has allowed me to provide treatments and possibilities for my patients that weren’t available before. I am very grateful for that.

A 100% allograft covered with a maxillofacial titanium mesh to create, maintain and stabilise the reconstructed defect. (Image: Edgard El Chaar)

You are the founder of the EEC Institute, a continuing education and research institution focused on the advancement of clinical periodontics and implant dentistry. The ongoing pandemic has been especially challenging for dental students as many educational opportunities couldn’t be offered. How did you experience this time, and what kind of support do dental students most need right now?
Until recently, I was heading one of the largest training programmes in the US in periodontics and dental implants. I faced the challenge of steering the students through the pandemic, and I prepared two classes for graduation. Throughout the pandemic, I was very active through my EEC Institute in providing multiple webinars that were open to all students and colleagues. From my academic experience and my experience in continuing education, it is clear to me that dental students need to look for programmes like the one I conducted and the one supported by Straumann in order to fill in the gaps that have resulted from the time in their dental education that they have lost. They shouldn’t be shy in asking for assistance and seeking help.

Would you like to add anything?
My advice for dental students is simple: never stop learning, set a goal and work your way towards it because fundamentals never change. In surgery, the better you understand biology, the more successful you will be, because biology always wins.

Editorial note: The 1-hour webinar, titled “Understanding biomaterials: An overview for dental students and faculty”, will be presented live on Thursday, 17 June, at 7 p.m. EDT. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the topic, as well as earn a continuing education credit by answering a questionnaire after the lecture. Registration on the Straumann Campus is free of charge.

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