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Anton Sculean

Surgical Implant Placement – Where is the Red Line?

Anton Sculean

Placement of dental implants is a predictable procedure in the oral rehabilitation of partially and fully edentulous patients. In the last few decades, due to the enormous number of dental implants inserted worldwide, a significant increase in early and late complications has been reported. Thus one of the most important issues in implant therapy is to minimise complications and increase long-term predictability. To accomplish this goal, the following factors need to be carefully considered:

  • Meticulous treatment planning, including careful patient selection
  • Pre-operative infection control consisting of stringent oral hygiene and, if needed, non-surgical and surgical periodontal therapy
  • Adequate management of hard and soft peri-implant tissues

The aim of this presentation is to provide an overview of the various factors that need to be considered in order to minimise early and late complication thus ensuring long-term success.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the importance of ensuring optimal infection control when considering implant therapy in the overall treatment concept
  • To understand the pivotal role of adequately managing peri-implant hard and soft tissues to optimise the outcomes


Anton Sculean is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Periodontology and currently the Executive Director of the School of Dental Medicine, University of Berne, Switzerland. He qualified in 1990 at the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary and received his postgraduate training at the Universities Münster, Germany and Royal Dental College Aarhus, Denmark. He received his Habilitation (Ph.D.) at the University of Saarland, Homburg, Germany. From 2004 to 2008 he was appointed as Head of the Department of Periodontology and Program Director of the EFP accredited postgraduate program at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In December 2008, he was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Periodontology of the University of Bern, Switzerland. Currently, he serves as Executive Chairman of the School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern.

Anton has been a recipient of many research awards, among others the Anthony Rizzo Award of the Periodontal Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), and the IADR/Straumann Award in Regenerative Periodontal Medicine, and he has received honorary doctorates (Dr. h.c.) from the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary and from the Victor Babes University in Timisoara, Romania. He has authored more than 250 publications in peer reviewed journals, 14 chapters in periodontal textbooks and has delivered more than 300 lectures at national and international meetings. He is the editor of the book ‘Periodontal Regenerative Therapy’ published by Quintessence and guest editor of the Periodontology 2000 Issue published in 2015 entitled ‘Wound Healing in Periodontology and Implantology’.

He serves on the editorial board of more than 10 dental journals, among others Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Clinical Oral Implants Research, Journal of Periodontal Research and Clinical Advances in Periodontics and is Associate Editor of Quintessence International, Clinical Oral Investigations, Section Editor of BMC Oral Health and Editor in Chief of Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry.

Professor Sculean served from 2009-2010 as President of the Periodontal Research Group of the IADR and is currently President of the Swiss Society of Periodontology and member of the Executive Committee of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP). His research interests focus on periodontal wound healing, regenerative and plastic-esthetic periodontal therapy, use of antibiotics, antiseptics and novel approaches such as lasers and photodynamic therapy in the treatment of periodontal and peri-implant infections.

Qualifications: DMD, Dr. med. Dent., MS, PhD