Enhancing the implant site and developing the transmucosal contour. New perspectives.

Speaker: Stavros Pelekanos

Originally broadcasted on: 28th November, 2016, 6:00 PM CET Other time zones

It is a great challenge for the clinician to choose a methodology before even tooth extraction for the establishment of the new biologic width and transmucosal profile of the future implant.


It is of great importance the 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 aesthetic zone is absolutely necessary in order to achieve a highly aesthetic and natural appearance of the implant crown. The timing, the material selection and the treatment modality, 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 aesthetic 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 aesthetic results. Finally, new approaches with the help of clinical case presentations will be discussed.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the rationale of different treatment modalities (immediate vs. delayed implant placement, immediate vs. delayed loading).
  • Understand the biological behavior and rationale of different treatment modalities (soft tissue enhancement and GBR).
  • Recognize and select the proper abutment-prosthetic design.
  • Prevent and limit complications regarding implant rehabilitation in the aesthetic zone.


Stavros Pelekanos
Stavros PelekanosDr. 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 aesthetic dentistry.

In 2002, he was appointed full-time Lecturer at the Department of Prosthodontics, Dental School, University of Athens, Greece, and is now 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) 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 2 chapters in books.

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