Lyndon F. Cooper, DDS, PhD

Title:  Control of Peri-Implant Tissues; An Experimental Approach


Synopsis:  The increasing awareness of dental implant esthetics has placed considerable emphasis on the management of peri-implant tissues.  This presentation will discuss the known determinants of peri-implant tissue biology and their contributions to peri-implant tissue architecture.  Through clinical research concerning single tooth implants, some aspect of this management have been clarified.  The behavior of alveolar bone and mucosa must be understood and subsequently controlled.   Implant design factors play a role in control of the magnitude of crestal bone loss. Some insights  regarding implant dimension and placement will be illustrated. The management of peri-implant tissue inflammation is centered about the implant/abutment and the abutment/crown interfaces. How these features of the therapeutic system impact esthetics will be demonstrated.  Data from prospective clinical trials can be used to develop reproducible clinical strategies to control the esthetic soft tissue contours around dental implants.


Course Objectives:

Participants will:

         understand the biology of peri-implant tissue adaptation following tooth extraction and implant placement

         appreciate the role of prognostic data in controling clinical scenarios for implant esthetics

         consider the effect of procedural choices on implant esthetic outcomes.


 Bio: Dr. Cooper is the Stallings Distinguished Professor of Dentistry of the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is currently Chairperson, acting Director of Graduate Prosthodontics and the director of the Bone Biology and Implant Therapy Laboratory.  Dr. Cooper is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and serves as the Vice President of the American College of Prosthodontics Board of Directors. He received the 2004 Clinician/Researcher Award by the ACP.  Dr. Cooper's laboratory focuses on bone biology, adult stem cell bone regeneration, and clinical evaluation of dental implant therapies. The laboratory receives funding through NIH and by industry collaboration. Their research findings have been presented in over 70 publications and in more than 200 national and international presentations.   These efforts integrate basic and clinical research to improve patient care.