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South West Study Club - 06 December 2017

Implant Site Development Utilizing Synthetic Biomaterials. Biological Background and Simplified New Protocols

Presented by: Minas Leventis
Date: 06 December 2017
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Aztec Hotel & Spa, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4TS

Clinical and experimental studies have shown that tooth extraction always leads to bone resorption and atrophy of the alveolar ridge. The loss of both hard and soft tissues may complicate and render difficult the proper and successful future implant placement. Atraumatic extraction followed by immediate socket grafting, and early implant placement with GBR seem to be predictable ways to preserve the dimensions, contour and architecture of the alveolar frame and the residual ridge. Moreover, minimally invasive surgical methods have the benefit of further minimizing the patient burden, simplify the procedures and accelerate healing.

In clinical practice, several bone graft substitutes of biologic or synthetic origin are being used for alveolar ridge preservation and bone regeneration prior to implant placement, or simultaneously with implant placement for ridge augmentation. It is of great importance that these materials vary in chemical composition, mechanical characteristics and biological mechanism of function regarding resorption and new bone formation, each having their own advantages and disadvantages. Moreover, there is an important effect on the quality of the regenerated bone, and this may influence primary stability, osseointegration, function and long-term stability of implants and surrounding tissues.

This lecture will focus on the importance and rational of using resorbable synthetic bone grafting substitutes and following minimally invasive surgical techniques that clinicians may utilize in order to achieve predictable, functional and aesthetic implant rehabilitations.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the lecture, each participant should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of bone as the foundation for successful implant restorations.
  • Be aware of the various types of bone grafting materials and the modern techniques available for alveolar ridge preservation and augmentation in everyday clinical practice.
  • Discuss the key role of bone quality on the long-term stability and function of dental implants.


Dr Leventis holds an MSc (2004) and a PhD (2010) in Oral Surgery from the Dental School of University of Athens, Greece. In 2008 he also attended a post-graduate program in Periodontics and Implantology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Dr Leventis is currently on the Faculty of the Dental School, University of Athens as a Visiting Clinical Instructor and Researcher, where he teaches under and post-graduate students Exodontia, Oral Surgery, Bone Grafting and Implantology, while undertaking extensive experimental research.

Dr Leventis has been invited to lecture extensively throughout the world on a variety of scientific topics in Oral Surgery. He is the author of numerous scientific articles published in international peer reviewed journals like Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, TripleO, Implant Dentistry, Compendium and EDI Journal.

Based in central London his private work and clinical research are focused on Implant Dentistry, Oral Surgery and Tissue Engineering. He is a member of many prestigious International and British scientific societies, in 2012 he earned the Diplomate status of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), is an active member of ADI (UK), a member of Leading Implant Centers and a founding member of ICOI-Hellas (Greece).

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