“Do Better Than Yesterday” - Interview with Federico Ferraris
Incorporating specific techniques into everyday procedures allows predictable results in direct and indirect restorative dentistry. Constantly challenging yourself and continuously making personal improvements is the personal motto of Federico Ferraris.
During the launch of the new Federico Ferraris Adhesthetics Theca Kit by Hu-Friedy at IDS, we asked Dr. Ferraris to tell us more about these new instruments and most of all, about Adhesthetics's philosophy.
Dr. Ferraris, how did you develop the idea of the philosophy of Adhesthetics? What were the circumstances that led to this innovative concept?
The main reason why I came up with the new philosophy of Adhesthetics in the first place was that there was too much information on the restorative scenario, too many different options and protocols about how to treat a restorative patient and personally, after many courses on this topic, I still couldn't find the most suitable restorative procedure according to my needs. I wanted to conceive the best protocols by which a clinician can achieve more predictable results and a better organization of his work. This is why I decided, with the collaboration of some of my former students, to find those protocols and eventually we created this project.
Why did you choose to start a collaboration with Hu-Friedy for the development of the Adhesthetics Theca Kit?
We already have some very accurate restorative instruments, such as the Hu-Friedy CompoSculp, that can cover a wide range of direct and indirect restorative procedures, but we wanted to create instruments with new features for specific protocols. I have always considered Hu-Friedy as the worldwide leader of dental instruments, especially for surgical and restorative dentistry, and for this reason I approached the Hu-Friedy team that was so open-minded to accept the behind collaboration. After some time working together, we developed ideas, design and eventually the prototypes of the new restorative instruments to be added to our traditional restorative kits. Adhesthetics Theca is projected to be an independent set of instruments to cover the main variety of clinical phases in direct and indirect restorative dentistry
What motivates you to share your knowledge and state of the art methods through educational courses worldwide?
In the beginning, I started to share my ideas with my friends and University students, but in short time I realized that thanks to social media and how the world is easily connected today, I had the opportunity to set-up international courses and conferences. By doing this, I can share my experience and knowledge abroad, and not only in the Italian dental scene. At the moment, I perform educational coures and lectures in more than 40 countries around the world.
Now more than ever there is greater attention of the patients towards esthetics and dental prevention. How have dental techniques evolved in this sense and how do you think they will develop in the future?
For sure we have obtained a high level of performances in esthetics due to the use of new materials, tools and techniques we have developed in recent years. The main purpose now is a better attention on dental prevention rather than the extraction of an unhealthy tooth. We have a more conservative approach and we aim to treat the tooth instead of removing it surgically and the new technologies are already evolving in this sense.
We know that you are about to publish a book about Adhesthetics. Can you tell us something about it?
The Adhesthetics book collects all my experiences as clinician and as teacher of the past 20 years. The main purpose of the book is to share in details all the clinical protocols in different kind of restorations, such as direct and indirect restoration and also for both anteriors and posteriors. This part of the book can be considered as a manual for those who want to go deeper in this topic and have a refresh of restorative clinical protocols. Furthermore the book contains a scientific review on adhesion from the clinical point of view. In conclusion, the Adhesthetics book has different levels of reading, and is conceived for clinicians by clinicians.