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.