Pikos Symposium 2022 – Dr. Isabella Rocchietta

Decision Making Process and Surgical Management in Vertical Alveolar Defects

Dental implants have been successfully implemented as a routine therapeutic approach in partially and fully edentulous patients. Alveolar defects compromise the “prosthetically-driven” dental implant positioning, unless a detailed planning is performed prior to the surgical phase. Many techniques have been described to augment alveolar bone, including autogenous block grafts, titanium mesh, distraction osteogenesis, guided bone regeneration, just to name a few.

The use of Guided Bone Regeneration associated to non-autogenous scaffolds covered by non-resorbable barriers constitutes the state-of-the-art of bone augmentation in the most challenging alveolar defects with or without implants. Choosing the correct therapeutic approach with the appropriate biomaterials is a fundamental player to achieve success in advanced GBR procedures.

Learning Objectives:
• To understand the biological principle of GBR in its clinical applicability
• To understand the indications to achieve success when using non-resorbable PTFE membranes 
• Learn tips and tricks on how to perform Vertical GBR in severe defects

Dr. Isabella Rocchietta is a Specialist in Periodontology. She graduated in dentistry at the University of MilanItaly. She was then awarded a scholarship from the department of Medicine, University of Milan, to train as a clinical and research fellow at the Department of Periodontology, Harvard School of Dental MedicineBoston, MA. Awarded an MSc with merit in Restorative and Aesthetic dentistry from the University of Manchester.

She has been currently appointed Honorary Senior Research Associate, department of Periodontics, Eastman Dental Institute, UCL. Lecturer for the diploma in implant dentistry at The Eastman Dental Institute, UCLLondon as well as being affiliated with the Department of Biomaterials, Institute for Clinical Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, where she conducts clinical research in the field of implantology and bone regeneration.

From 2002 to 2011 she has been instructor at the Department of Periodontology, University of Milan, Italy and research consultant for the Institute for Dental Research and Education (IDRE).

Currently elected member of the board of directors of the EAO (European Association for Osseointegration) and Chairman of the EAO Junior Committee from 2007 to 2011. She is co-editor of the European Academy for Osseointegration journal, Inspyred, and reviewer for the main scientific journals. Author of several international peer reviewed publications and book chapters and International speaker on bone regeneration, bone grafting with growth factors, tissue engineering, soft and hard tissue neo-formation with autogenous living cells, osseointegration and implant protocols. Dr. Isabella Rocchietta currently performs clinical work limited to periodontics and Implant dentistry in London, U.K.

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