Research at University

Importance of Research in Advancement of Dentistry

To maintain our solutions at the most advanced level, we collaborate with many universities from several countries.

Together with the University of Zürich, we have optimized our template design to the requirements of such outstanding surgeons as Prof. Dr. Christoph Hämmerle and Prof. Dr. Ronald Jung. Together with Prof. Dr. David Schneider, we developed software to analyze and better understand long-term results from soft tissue augmentation and reduction.

With the University of Bern (Prof. Dr. Michael Bornstein / Prof. Dr. Valerie Suter) we implemented procedures in our SMOP system for sketching 3D volumes into the radiological 3D picture of the patient yaw. The goal was to mark and measure cysts and other anomalies. These procedures can now be used to mark and design bone blocks to be exported for manufacturing.

Below is a list of all universities we collaborate with and a list of publications involving Swissmeda/SMOP.

Research Partners

Name Location
Universität Zürich Switzerland
Universität Bern Switzerland
Université de Genève Switzerland
Universität Basel Switzerland
Universität Ulm Germany
Universitätsklinikum Freiburg Germany
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Germany
Universidad Complutense de Madrid Spain


Implant Planning and Template Guided Surgery:

Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research, 2013 Apr 30. doi: 10.1111/cid.12076. [Epub ahead of print]
“Tunnel technique with connective tissue graft versus coronally advanced flap with enamel matrix derivative for root coverage: a RCT using 3D digital measuring methods. Part I. Clinical and patient-centred outcomes.”
Zuhr O, Rebele SF, Schneider D, Jung RE, Hürzeler MB
Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 2013;40(7):721-7
“Dimensional alterations of extraction sites after different alveolar ridge preservation techniques - a volumetric study”
Thalmair T, Fickl S, Schneider D, Hinze M, Wachtel H
Journal of Clinical Periodontology 2013 Oct 4. doi: 10.1111/jcpe.12178. [Epub ahead of print]
“Tunnel technique with connective tissue graft versus coronally advanced flap with enamel matrix derivative for root coverage: a RCT using 3D digital measuring methods. Part I. Clinical and patient-centred outcomes”
Zuhr O, Rebele SF, Schneider D, Jung RE, Hürzeler MB
Clinical Oral Implants Research, accepted
“Soft tissue augmentation of ridge defects in the maxillary anterior area using two different methods: A randomized controlled clinical trial”
Akcali A, Schneider D, Ünlü F, Köse T, Hammerle CHF
Journal of Clinical Periodontology, accepted
“Soft tissue evaluation of different techniques for ridge preservation after tooth extraction: A randomized controlled clinical trial”
Schneider D, Schmidlin PR, Philipp A, Annen BM, Ronay V, Jung RE
Quintessenz Journals
“Zirconia Ceramic Single-Tetainer Resin-Bonded Fixed Dental Prostheses (RBFDPs) After 4 Years of Clinical Service: A Retrospective Clinical and Volumetric Study”
Irena Sailer, Prof Dr. Med Dent, Christoph Hans Franz Hämmerle, Prof Dr. Med Dent
Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research 2015. E-pub ahead of print
“Accuracy of 3D Printed Templates for Guided Implant Placement Based on Matching a Surface Scan with CBCT”
Kernen M, Benic G, Payer M, Schär A, Müller-Gerbl M, Filippi A, Kühl S
Clin Oral Implants Res. 2015 Mar;26(3):320-5. doi: 10.1111/clr.12327. Epub 2014 Jan 18.
“In-vitro evaluation of the tolerance of surgical instruments in templates for computer-assisted guided implantology produced by 3-D printing.”
Schneider D, Schober F, Grohmann P, Hammerle CH, Jung RE
Clin Oral Implants Res. 2016 Feb 8. doi: 10.1111/clr.12786. Epub ahead of print
“Guided bone regeneration and abutment connection augment the buccal soft tissue contour: 3-year results of a prospective comparative clinical study”
Benic GI, Ge Y, Gallucci GO, Jung RE, Schneider D, Hämmerle CH
Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol, 2016 Apr;121:e72-e79
“Retrospective study to determine the accuracy of template-guided implant placement using a novel nonradiologic evaluation method”
Schnutenhaus S, Edelmann C, Rudolph H, Luthardt RG
Clin Oral Investig. 2018 Jul;22(6):2363-2372. doi: 10.1007/s00784-018-2339-8. Epub 2018 Jan 22.
“3D accuracy of implant positions in template-guided implant placement as a function of the remaining teeth and the surgical procedure: a retrospective study.”
Schnutenhaus S, Edelmann C, Rudolph H, Dreyhaupt J, Luthardt RG
Int J Implant Dent. 2018 Jun 5;4(1):17. doi: 10.1186/s40729-018-0128-4.
“3D-evaluation of the maxillary sinus in cone-beam computed tomography.”
Luz J, Greutmann D, Wiedemeier D, Rostetter C, Rücker M, Stadlinger B
Clin Implant Dent Relat Res. 2018 Apr 25. doi: 10.1111/cid.12614. [Epub ahead of print]
“Accuracy of the match between cone beam computed tomography and model scan data in template-guided implant planning: A prospective controlled clinical study.”
Schnutenhaus S, Gröller S, Luthardt RG, Rudolph H
Clin Oral Investig. 2018 Jul 17. doi: 10.1007/s00784-018-2552-5. [Epub ahead of print]
“Is the pneumatisation of the maxillary sinus following tooth loss a reality? A retrospective analysis using cone beam computed tomography and a customised software program.”
Schriber M, Bornstein MM, Suter VGA
Clin Oral Implants Res. 2018 Sep 23. doi: 10.1111/clr.13365. [Epub ahead of print]
“A novel methodological approach using superimposed Micro‐CT and STL images to analyze hard and soft tissue volume in immediate and delayed implants with different cervical designs.”
Sanz-Martín I, Permuy M, Vignoletti F, Nuñez J, Muñoz F, Sanz M
Int J Comput Dent. 2018;21(2):97-105
“Precision of sleeveless 3D drill guides for insertion of one-piece ceramic implants: a prospective clinical trial.”
Schnutenhaus S, von Koenigsmarck V, Blender S, Ambrosius L, Luthardt RG, Rudolph H.
Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2018;38(Suppl):s49-s57. doi: 10.11607/prd.ds2018s
“A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Comparing Conventional and Computer-Assisted Implant Planning and Placement in Partially Edentulous Patients. Part 1: Clinician-Related Outcome Measures”
Schneider D, Sancho-Puchades M, Benic GI, Hämmerle CH, Jung RE

Volume Compare and Volume Designer:

Journal of Clinical Periodontology 2010;37:659-666
“Soft tissue volume augmentation by the use of collagen based matrices - a volumetric analysis”
Thoma DS, Jung RE, Schneider D, Cochran DL, Ender A, Görlach C, Übersax L, Jones AA, Hämmerle CHF
Clinical Oral Implants Research 2011;22(1):28-37
“Volume gain and stability of periimplant tissue following bone and soft tissue augmentation: 1-year results from a prospective cohort study”
Schneider D, Grunder U, Ender A, Hämmerle CHF, Jung RE
In progress
“Prospective clinical study for 3-D volumetric evaluation of two techniques for periimplant GBR procedures”
Schneider D, Thoma D, Jung RE, Hämmerle CHF in progress