Science and clinic united: the path to the best solutions

Snježana Pohl

Rident: an interview with Snježana Pohl, PhD

Doctor Snježana Pohl graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zagreb and from the Faculty of Dental Medicine in Munich. She also completed a specialization in oral surgery in Munich, after which she completed her doctorate in Cologne. Today, dr. Pohl is a certified EDA (European Dental Association) specialist in periodontology since 2002 and implantology since 2010. She is a professional leader for oral surgery at Rident polyclinics and is the clinical assistant professor at the Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Rijeka. She is an active lecturer in the field of implantology and periodontology and the author of numerous professional articles.

Through many years of work and professional growth, you have developed some of your own techniques in oral surgery and periodontology. Can you explain the mIVAN technique and its advantages?  Link:

When a tooth is extracted, bone atrophy inevitably occurs. This also applies to areas of the jaw where bone and soft tissue are not damaged by inflammatory processes or the consequences of trauma. In fact, it is rare for a tooth to be extracted with the surrounding tissue being healthy and preserved. If no corrective measure or treatment are undertaken, tooth extraction leaves insufficient bone volume for subsequent implant placement, or may cause a gap between the teeth and the gum underneath a dental bridge.

It is a functional and aesthetic problem, especially in the visible, aesthetic zone.

There are several surgical protocols for maintaining and building jaw volume after tooth extraction. Most result in visible scarring, soft tissue changes, and insufficient building of both the hard and soft tissues of the jaw.

mIVAN technique is a technique for simultaneous regeneration of both soft and hard jaw tissue after tooth extraction, where the surrounding bone is destroyed due to long-term inflammatory processes. Tunnel approach is used, so that there are no scars and the gums look natural and healthy, and with hard tissue regeneration materials are applied in the manner that a later implant is placed in vital, healthy bone.

Although you work in the private sector, you do not miss the opportunity to participate in research with colleagues around the world. How does this research contribute to your professional growth, or what does it mean for Rident patients?



The contribution of the private sector to the general knowledge in the field of dental medicine has been recognised for many years. Prominent clinicians are often invited as regular lecturers at universities. For example, I am a clinical assistant professor at the Faculty of Dental Medicine in Rijeka, and I have lectured at some of the prestigious universities, such as UPENN - University of Philadelphia. 

A prerequisite is not only recognised clinical work, but also published papers in recognised professional journals.

In the private sector, we have the advantage of having open hands when choosing materials and techniques. At the university, clinicians are usually not able to determine the materials and techniques they will use, but are limited and obliged to follow the guidelines of the faculty. Clinicians in the private sector do not test materials and techniques, but are free to use those that, based on education and experience, they are convinced give the best results.

We clinicians from the private offices and clinics, have a lot of data that are important for the further progress of the profession. Take for example my study that evaluates the dimensional changes of the jaw after tooth extraction and the use of dentin as a regenerative material. Existing CT images were measured and it was shown for the first time (in a large group of subjects) that dentin better maintains jaw volume than any material used to date.

Writing professional articles requires studying a lot of literature, I collaborate with world-famous authors, which motivates both me and the entire Rident team. The more I advance in my career, the closer I am connected to the world’s leading clinicians and scientists, the more I am practically at the source of knowledge and experience. Ultimately, Rident patients benefit because we apply optimal procedures for better and longer-term stable results. And, to immodestly add, I am proud to have contributed to Rident and Croatia being respected throughout the world.

You are a contributor to the chapter of the book "Bone Augmentation by Anatomical Region: Techniques and Decision-Making" by the editor and dentist Zvi Artzi. How did your collaboration with an Israeli group of scientists come about?

Participating in the writing of that book is an immeasurable experience. Namely, I did not participate in the writing of “clinical” chapters, but in the writing of a chapter dealing with basic science: biology

Biology is a big passion of mine; I just can’t apply procedures or materials until I fully understand their biological foundation. My scientific work connected me with a group of Israeli scientists. Intense communication began: I asked them about molecules and proteins, and they asked me for my clinical expertise.

I often read on my cell phone at 5 a.m., "I have an idea! I need your clinical judgement! Call me as soon as possible!" The author of the message is an 81-year-old professor of bio-engineering from Tel Aviv, who is just thrilled with the preliminary results of the experiment he is just completing. 

Participating in writing a book is the fruit of this mutual cooperation. Science and clinic united: the path to the best solutions, not only in our profession.


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