Hard and Soft Tissue Grafting for Optimal Implant Reconstruction

Dr. Tomas Linkevicius

Pikos Symposium 2018

Tomas Linkevičius is an Associate Professor in Institute of Odontology, Vilnius University in Lithuania. Also he serves as Visiting Professor in Ghent University, Belgium. He received a dental degree in Kaunas Medical University in 2000. In 2004 he completed the post-graduate studies in prosthodontics in Vilnius University. In 2009 he finished his PhD doctoral dissertation and defended it in Riga Stradins University in Latvia. Tomas Linkevicius is an author of many publications in international peer-reviewed journals and focuses his research on soft tissues and cementation of implant restorations. He also lectures internationally and is an active member of European Academy of Osseointegration (EAO) and Academy of Osseointegration (AO). Tomas Linkevicius holds a specialist prosthodontics and implant dentistry practice and a private dental research facility.


Thursday November, 2018

8:00 am – 10:00 am Dr. Tomas Linkevicius

Zero Bone Loss Concepts – The Development and Maintenance of Bone Stability Around Implants. Evidence-Based Clinical Guide

Mucosal tissue thickness is shown to be a main factor impacting crestal bone stability. It is suggested that thin tissues might be thickened during implant placement, thus reducing bone resorbtion. The proposals put forward depend on the bone height and include (1) bone reduction (2) subcrestal implant placement, or (3) a ‘tent’ technique that involves covering the abutment with the flap to provide soft tissue growth. The relation between position of cement excess in the peri-implant sulcus, periodontal status of the patient and severity of peri-implant disease is explained. Zirconium as a material is considered the best for peri-implant soft tissues.

Learning Objectives:
1. To have guidelines for implant treatment in thin tissues biotype.
2. To define vertical augmentation with tissue substitutes.
3. To show the novel technique of designing Zr screw-retained restorations.