[Excellence in Restorative Dentistry Lecture Series] Treatment Modalities with Implants in the Esthetic Zone. What is New? with Stavros Pelekanos, PDM

Jan, 2019
12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Room B-13

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Registration Fee: Free; sign-in is required
CE Credits: 1.0 lecture credits

Course Description

Different clinical protocols have been proposed for the treatment of partial edentulism with implants in the esthetic zone. It is of great importance the timing and decision-making regarding immediate implant placement or not after extraction, immediate placement of the healing abutment, immediate loading or complete coverage of the site.

The soft and/or hard tissue enhancement in the majority if not all of the cases in the esthetic zone is absolutely necessary in order to achieve a highly esthetic and natural appearance of the implant crown. The timing, the material selection and the treatment sequence, as well as the type of the prosthetic restoration further complicate the decision-making and affect the final result, especially in patients with thin biotype.

This presentation will focus on the methodology of the implant site development, especially in demanding esthetic cases, on today’s knowledge of the biology of different materials, abutment selection (customized vs. prefabricated abutments, screw- vs. cement-retained), and give some guidelines to achieve optimum esthetic results. Finally, new approaches with the help of clinical case presentations will be discussed.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the rational of different timing in implant placement, immediate vs early vs late.
  • Understand when different kind of soft and hard tissue grafting is needed.
  • Be able to select the appropriate abutment material, dimensions and kind.
  • Understand the importance of different treatment steps sequencing for long term esthetic results.


Dr. Stavros Pelekanos received his undergraduate degree in Dentistry (D.D.S.) in 1991 from the University of Athens, Greece. In 1993, he obtained his doctoral degree in Prosthodontics (Dr med dent) from the University of Freiburg (Prof. Dr. J.R. Strub), Germany. Following his professional training, Dr. Pelekanos established a private practice in Athens, oriented towards prosthodontics, implantology and esthetic dentistry.

In 2002, he was appointed full-time Lecturer at the Department of Prosthodontics, Dental School, University of Athens, Greece, and in 2012 Assistant Professor in the same department. Since 2013 he is an active member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED). His professional affiliations include: The International College of Prosthodontics (ICP), European Prosthodontic Association (EPA), Greek Prosthodontic Association and many others. He is a faculty member of gIDE Institute (Global Institute of Dental Education, Los Angeles, California) and Dental Tribune (CME courses) lecturing internationally and performing hands on courses on implants, aesthetics and restorative procedures.

In 2008 and 2011, Dr. Pelekanos received second and first prize at the scientific award competition of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry held in Madrid, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey respectively. To date he has published over twenty articles in peer reviewed journals and 3 chapters in books.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credits.