Per-Ingvar Brånemark’s virtuoso encounter of “osseointegration” in 1952 and George A. Zarb’s outstanding long-term evidence-based efforts, presented in 1982 via the renowned “Toronto Conference on Osseointegration in Clinical Dentistry” revived the realm of dental implantology. The last decades witnessed a hungry integration of computerized tomographic scans, computer-aided design/computerassisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and three-dimensional (3-D) surgical planning software, in practices and academic/training programs. With such oro-dental appliances that transfer the computerized planning into the surgical field, the oro-dental implantology field has been undergoing a remarkable and fast-paced trend towards minimallyinvasive surgical procedures.
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Acknowledgements: This work was supported by operating grants provided to BioMAT’X (Laboratorio de Biomateriales, Farmacéuticos y Bioingeniería de Tejidos Cráneo Máxilo-Facial) through the Faculty of Dentistry and PMI (Plan de Mejoramiento Institucional I+D+i), Dirección de Innovación, Universidad de los Andes, Santiago de Chile. It recognizes the gigantic contributions to dental implant education and celebrates the 45thanniversary of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI): 1975-2017. The author is an active member of the Implant Dentistry Study Consortium (ID-SC), an ICOI-affiliated Center, in Dubai – UAE.
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