Issue 02/2017 - Featured Article


Dear Readers, dear Colleagues,

Of course, one can proceed on the assumption that the majority of colleagues aim at doing an excellent job and demonstrating a great deal of responsibility vis-à-vis their patients. From the viewpoint of the treating physician, it therefore seems to be to a certain extent difficult to understand which requirements we have to fulfil with regard to informing the patient. Dramatic judgements at courts are frequently mentioned in the scope of discussions at conferences in which, in some respects, absurd patient information is requested. And in addition thereto new laws governing patient’s rights are enacted, representing new challenges for us doctors and dentists. Some colleagues even feel themselves quasi criminalised. In particular, in the field of implantology, with the multitude of various different therapy alternatives and a frequently elective treatment, special significance is attributed to patient information. This is even more the case, as financial consequences can affect the patient personally.

On the part of DGI, we therefore believe that the time has come for us to focus on the idea of our members and to shed some light on the issue of patient information.

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“Research creates knowledge – knowledge creates the future”

Our DGI (German Society for Implantology) has started 2013 under a positive omen and we all have good reason to look forward to the future. The DGI under the past presidency of Prof. Dr. Dr. Hendrik Terheyden has laid a solid basis for the future, which should now be strengthened and expanded.» read more


The Journal of Dental Implantology (Zeitschrift für Zahnärztliche Implantologie, ZZI) is the most widely circulated journal for scientific implantology in Germany. All articles on this website are taken from the ZZI. It is the official publication of the German Society of Implantology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Implnatologie, DGI). The DGI is the largest German implantological association an also the largest in Europe. In 2005, ZZI also became the official publication of the Austrian Society of Implantology (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Implantologie in der Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheilkunde, ÖGI). ZZI publishes peer-reviewed scientific articles as well as articles with a more practical orientation.

Dental implantology is a field of dentistry that has developed and grown explosively over the past few years. Thanks to new materials and new implant shapes and procedures, dental implantology has spread widely. Successful and broadbased research performed in Switzerland, Austria and Germany has made the German-speaking countries global leaders in this specialist field.

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