[The Dean's Speaker Series] Periodontal Plastic Surgery: Evidence-Based Art

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

Penn Dental Medicine
William W.M. Cheung Auditorium

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


Periodontal plastic surgery includes various procedures aiming to prevent or correct periodontal tissue defects and to enhance esthetics. Many of these surgical techniques were developed by the ingenuity and skills of gifted clinicians and were conceived to address real patient needs. However, their continued use needs to be supported by scientific evidence.

This presentation will provide an overview of evidence supporting selective periodontal plastic surgery procedures. In particular, approaches used to treat gingival recession and excessive gingival display will be reviewed and relevant outcomes research will be discussed.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the predictable options to treat gingival recession defects
  • Understand factors that compromise root coverage therapy outcomes
  • Understand common etiologies of excessive gingival display and applicable treatment


Dimitris N. Tatakis, DDS, PhD, a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, is Professor and Director of the Advanced Education Program, Division of Periodontology, College of Dentistry, The Ohio

State University, and serves as Director for Global Initiatives at the College of Dentistry. Dr. Tatakis completed his dental education at the National University of Athens, Greece. He then attended the State University of New York at Buffalo and graduated with a certificate in Periodontics and a PhD degree in Oral Biology. He has authored over one hundred forty peer-reviewed scholarly articles published in biomedical, periodontal, and dental journals, and several book chapters. His active research interests include periodontal regenerative therapy outcomes. His clinical research has received honors such as the R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award and the E. Bud Tarrson Research Award in Oral Plastic Surgery. Dr. Tatakis serves as Examiner for the American Board of Periodontology, serves or has served on the Editorial Board of several publications, including the Journal of Clinical Periodontologyand the Journal of Periodontology, and lectures nationally and internationally.


University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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