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Prof. Dr. Bülent Kurtiş

Two Important Procedures for Optimal Results in Esthetic Zone Implantation: Soft and Hard Tissue Operations

Although high survival rates and long - term success have been reported for implant-supported restorations for many years, a marked increase in implant complications and failures in the esthetic zone with unhappy patients has been observed recently. It can be interpreted that the origin of the majority of the esthetic problems is directly related to insufficient pre-operative esthetic risk assessment (E.R.A.) analysis and poor execution of the corrective surgical procedures. One of the most common mistakes is that implants are not placed correctly in 3 dimensions (mesio-distal, corono-apical and oro-facial directions). These malpositions including axis failures and also inappropriate number of implant placement causes serious esthetic problems in the esthetic zone. Insufficient thickness of alvolar bone at the time of implant placement is a significant risk factor for implant failures and from the esthetical point of view, sufficient keratinized tissue, gingival connective tissue volume are also absolutely neccessary to provide  proper esthetical outcomes around implants especially in the anterior zone. Esthetic implant failures should underline that this highly challenging zone of implant dentistry requires specially qualified and experienced clinicians as well. The main objectives of this lecture are to understand the importance of soft and bone tissue augmentations using appropriate regenerative surgical operations and discuss surgical techniques to improve the correct placement of implants.


He was born in Ankara/Turkey in 1968. He completed his primary and secondary education in Ankara and graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Dentistry in 1991 with the best degree. He started the post-graduate studies and doctorate (PhD) program at Gazi University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology and completed the PhD program in 1996. The main subjects of his PhD thesis were “Effectiveness of a collagen membrane enriched with fibronectin on guided tissue regeneration (GTR) technique in dogs” and “Evaluation of cellular response and resorption characteristics of collagen membranes enriched with fibronectin. Light and transmission electron microscopic study”. Following his academic studies he received Associate Professor degree in 2003 and Professor degree in 2008 at Gazi University. Within the framework of ERASMUS programme, he gave the lectures in University of Szeged / Hungary, titled “Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Surgery Systems; Using Principles, Indications, Advantages and Disadvantages” in 2013. He has 28 international and 22 national scientific publications in the leading journals of periodontology and implantology. He is member of European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), Turkish Society of Periodontology and International Team for Implantology (ITI). He is still works in ITI as Fellow. He presented lots of lectures and courses concerning the periodontal / peri-implant surgeries and piezo-surgery.  His main interests are periodontal-mucogingival surgeries, guided bone regeneration, implant surgery, sinus lifting surgeries and piezo-surgical techniques.