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Maria Retzepi
DipDS PhD MSc CertClinSpec(Perio) FHEA Specialist in Periodontics

Maria Retzepi
Non-surgical treatment of peri-implant diseases

Peri-implant diseases present in two forms: peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis, which occur in up to 80% and 56% of patients with implants respectively. Hence, non-surgical and surgical treatment of peri-implantitis lesions has become a topic of growing research interest and its effectiveness has been evaluated in both experimental and clinical studies. Non-surgical therapeutic modalities include mechanical debridement, local application of antimicrobials, systemic administration of antibiotics and laser therapy. The aim of this presentation is to provide an overview of the various non-surgical treatment protocols implemented for the therapeutic management of peri-implant diseases and to discuss their success and predictability in arresting the progression of peri-implantitis lesions.

Learning objectives:

  1. Gain insight into the following non-surgical treatment modalities for peri-implant disease:
    1. Mechanical debridement
    2. Laser therapy
    3. Local application of antimicrobials
    4. Systemic administration of antibiotics
  2. Discuss the effectiveness and limitations of the various non-surgical treatment modalities
  3. Evaluate the clinical factors mitigating the outcome predictability of non-surgical therapy


Dr Retzepi is a registered specialist in Periodontics and honorary Clinical Lecturer in Periodontology at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute. She is the recipient of the most prestigious international awards in Dental Implantology, namely the 2009 European Association of Osseointegration Research Award and the 2010 Andre Schroeder Research Prize for her research on the effect of diabetes mellitus on osseointegration and on Guided Bone Regeneration.

Dr Retzepi graduated as a Dental Surgeon from the University of Athens Dental School, where she also obtained her Master of Science degree in Oral Biology and Certificate of Clinical Specialisation in Periodontics with distinction. She then completed a clinical fellowship at the Department of Periodontology and Fixed Prosthodontics, University of Berne, Switzerland.

Dr Retzepi has received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Clinical Dentistry from the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She currently works in specialist private practice in Central London.