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The 32nd Annual Dr. Peter Fedi Periodontics Lecture
Titanium particle-mediated Peri-implantitis and the Harm Associated with Empirical Dental Treatments

Thursday, April 13

9 AM – Noon

3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA

About the Course

Peri-implantitis has been receiving attention following recent studies that showed it is highly prevalent and difficult to manage. This lecture will provide the latest evidence-based information on peri-implant diseases with emphasis on the role titanium particle release has in destructive bone inflammation around implants. Strategies for prevention and mitigation will be presented through clinical cases.

This session will enable participants to:
- Define peri-implantitis and diagnostic criteria
- Understand the risk factors for development of peri-implant disease and treatment modifications for prevention
- Appropriately clean implants without releasing titanium particles


Georgios Kotsakis, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.Dc

Dr. George Kotsakis received his D.D.S. from the University of Athens and after graduation he practiced in Athens, Greece for several years prior to coming to the United States. He then completed his residency in Periodontics and MS in science at the University of Minnesota when he first got involved in Peri-implantitis research. Following his training, Dr. Kotsakis became an assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 2018, he moved to UT Health at San Antonio, where he is currently an associate professor of Periodontics and Director of the ITI Scholarship Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and he holds the Roland Meffert Endowed Chair in implant dentistry. He is a clinical researcher focusing on bone regeneration procedures in implant surgery and Peri-implantitis therapy. At UT Health San Antonio, Dr. Kotsakis directs the NIH-funded Translational Periodontal Research Lab conducting research on the biological mechanisms underlying peri-implant bone loss and developing novel treatments for dental and biomedical implants. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles and textbook chapters with more than 13,000 citations of his work. He is one of the few dental researchers to have been published in prestigious medical publications, such as the Lancet and PNAS. He has been the recipient of multiple career and research awards from the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of Periodontology Foundation and other organizations. Additionally, he serves as an associate editor and as an editorial review board member for multiple prestigious dental journals. Dr. Kotsakis practices Periodontics in the UTHealth San Antonio intramural clinics with a focus on treating implant complications and Peri-implantitis. He lectures frequently, both nationally and internationally, on implant surgical techniques, alveolar bone regeneration and Peri-implantitis therapy.

Conflict of Interest: Consultant at Novabone LLC, Honorarium at Datum Dental, Osteogenics Inc.

Georgios Kotsakis, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.Dc
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