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EACim 2024 seminar

June 15, 2024 – Madrid (La Salle University)

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EACim will be hosting its annual seminar, co-organized with SCOI (Sociedad Científica de Odontología Implantológica)


Ceramic implant as an alternative to Titanium: Where are we?

The Academy will be joining forces with SCOI to discuss the evolution of the zirconia implant and its alternative to titanium. The day will include conferences on both zirconia and titanium implants.

Moderators :


Dr Norbert Cionca: Does the implant material have a biological impact on the long term?


  • Lecturer in the Division of Periodontology and Oral Physiopathology at the University of Geneva School of Dental Medicin
  • Swiss Federal diploma in dentistry (D.D.S)
  • Doctorate in dentistry (Dr. med. dent.)
  • Privat Docent (PD) in dentistry – Swiss board-certified periodontist
  • Consultant at Geneva School of Hygienist
  • Member of Swiss Society of Periodontology (SSP)
  • Member of International Association for Dental Research (IADR)

Lecture abstract
The purpose of this lecture is to present the evidence-based knowledge on the implant material interaction with the bone and the soft tissues. Implantology is in constant evolution and the market is growing. Peri-implantitis, corrosion and aseptic loosening are common complications that every practitioner wants to avoid. Could the rate of those failures be reduced already at the time of surgery by selecting the right material?

Dr Sofia Karapataki: Are zirconia implants just for ideal patients?


  • Graduated from the Dental University of Athens in 1989.
  • Specialization in Periodontology-Implantology at the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education in Jönköping Sweden (23/4/1990-31/8/1993).
  • The specialization besides the domains mentioned above, included sub-specializations in Oral Surgery, Radiology, TMJ, Prosthetics on implants, Perio-prosthetics and Medical Pathology.
  • Master of Science, in Gothenburg Sweden, in 2001, entitled “Healing following guided tissue regeneration after surgical removal of impacted third molars”
  • Specialization in Prosthetic rehabilitation of facial defects on implants in2001, obtained in Gothenburg Sweden.
  • Training in PRGF (plasma rich growth factors) in 2011 in Vitoria, Spain.
  • Training in Cosmetic Dentistry in 2012 in Munich Germany.
  • Training in Zirconia Implants in 2013 in Munich Germany
  • Ground member of Leading Ladies in Dentistry in 2017
  • Author: “From titanium to zirconia implants”: the first research article in the first issue of the international magazine “Ceramic Implants, international magazine of ceramic technology” 2017
  • Author of chapter 18 with the title: “Titanium corrosion and peri-implant lesions related to it” in the book entitled “Periimplantitis – from diagnosis to treatment”, published 2020
  • Lecturer at the subjects of Periimplantitis, Pure Dentistry, Intolerance-Implication of the immune system, Individual approach of the patient, Zirconia Implants
  • Ambassador for Greece of the CleanImplant Foundation 2019
  • Ambassador for Greece for EACim (European Academy for Ceramic implantology)
  • 1994 until today: private practice in Athens. Since 2013 practicing “Pure Dentistry” full metal free and with non-toxic materials Dentistry from A-Z

Lecture abstract
Average patients far from the ideal ones with a variety of systemic and local conditions were restored with rehabilitations on zirconia implants and followed for a period up to 12 years. Minimal complications were reported and no periimplantitis was recorded. Usual risk factors for the longevity of titanium implants do not seem to affect at least to the same extent zirconia implants.

Dr Simone Marconcini: How to naturally preserve the biological width thanks to hybrid implants: The zirconia collar benefits.


  • Head of scientific research at the Tuscan Institute of Stomatology- PISA research foundation,
  • Graduated from the Faculty of Dental Surgery of Pisa and holds a University Specialization in Oral Surgery and Implantology from the University of Pisa,
  • Phd in Nanobiotecnology at the Faculty of Biomaterials in Toronto (Ontario, Canada).
  • With over 10 years’ experience in oral health and implant research and implantology.
  • International lecturer and trainer in implantology, with over fifteen years’ experience on implants. In 2018, he received the ADR/Philips Oral Healthcare Young Investigator Research Grant with the project entitled “The influence of different surgical protocols on the outcome of dental implants in diabetic patients.
  • Author of over 70 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals, co-author of three books,
  • active member of IADR

Lecture abstract

Implant dentistry has deeply changed in the last 50 years. Nowadays, it is well known that to get the success of prosthetic rehabilitation on implants, the role of soft tissues is as much important as the role of hard tissues. It is true that the short and the long run success of implants prosthetic rehabilitations is related both to the achievement of osseointegration (direct contact between the fixture and the surrounding bone) and to the correct integration of the cervical part of the implant within the soft tissue (mucointegration). Soft tissues are crucial from the very beginning of the implant placement, since its represent an indispensable shield to protect the underlying bone and at the same time its must recreate a natural appearence. Sealed tissue recovery is fundamental to prevent peri-implantitis, to decrease chronic inflammation and to reduce bacterial infiltration.
Clinicians are much more aware of the biological width assets that if we think about periodontal success in implantology, the management of the soft tissues is the key issue. Following these evaluations it is clear that an accurate knowledge of both the supra crestal implant design and the biological width allows a better treatment plans success rate. Titanium is still the material more familiar among clinicians but zirconia has gained in popularity in the last years. All materials have advantages and disadvantages, this lecture will demonstrate that it’s possible to combine the advantages of both biomaterials within an innovative and clinical evidence based tissue level implant in our daily dental implantology practice.

Dr Antonio Garcia Sanz: Titanium as the optimal material of choice in current implantology: Are there valid alternatives?


  • Graduate in dentistry
  • Practice limited to Periodontics and implants
  • Expert in guided bone regeneration, aesthetic implantology and guided tissue regeneration
  • Master in research design in health sciences
  • Fellow ITI (International Team for Implantology)
  • Member of Minec, Sepa, Scoi
  • Co-director Master Periodontics and Implants  – Universidad de Vitoria-Gasteiz EUNEIZ
  • National and international speaker
  • Clinics: AGS Odontologica /University Dental Clinic Miguel de Cervantes European University UEMC

Lecture abstract (coming soon)

Dr Javier Gil Mur: Dental implants of zircone vs titanium. Scientific evidence of the advantages and disadvantages.


  • University professor. Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Vice-chancellor of Scientific Policy of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Commissioner of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia for the creation of the Diagonal-Besòs Engineering Campus.
  • Rector of the International University of Catalonia.
  • Full member of the Royal European Academy of Physicians.
  • Director of the Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Research Group.
  • Visiting professor at the School of Dentistry of the University of Minnesota (United States).
  • Research director of more than 35 European research projects and 79 national projects.
  • Member of the UNESCO Chair in biomaterials. Based in Havana (Cuba).
  • Expert of the Interministerial Commission of Science and Technology of the Spanish Government in the field of materials (biomaterials).
  • European Union expert in dental materials.
  • Expert from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States.
  • Author of around ten books, more than 300 international publications in indexed journals, participation in more than 250 oral communications at international conferences – Author of 22 invention patents 
  • Director of 32 doctoral theses.
  • Director of the UPC-Klockner Chair of Dental Implants.
  • Prize of the European Society of Biomaterials, Prize of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry, Prize for Technology Transfer, Prize for the best scientific publication of the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. Simó Virgili Prize, Antonio Viladot Biomechanics Prize and Barcelona City Prize. 
  • Senior editor of the indexed journals Journal of Applied Biomechanics and Biomaterials and Journal of Materials Science: Materials and Medicine.
  • Biomaterials Review Board, Acta Biomaterialia, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Dental Materials, among others. 
  • President of the Iberian Society of Biomechanics and Biomaterials. 
  • Doctor honoris causa from the University of Havana.

Lecture abstract
Titanium and zirconia dental implants were studied with the same design to be able to determine the different behavior of dental implants with the only difference of the material with which it was made.
Wetability, static and fatigue mechanical properties (chewing cycles) as well as cellular behavior with human fibroblasts and osteoblasts and microbiological with the determination of the metabolic activity of different bacterial strains usual in the oral cavity were analyzed. Finally, in vivo studies were carried out where the levels of bone index contact as well as the histology of the newly formed bone could be determined.
The results showed that the mechanical properties are more favorable for titanium given its greater toughness, better fatigue behavior and better mechanical transfer to bone tissue. However, implants made of zirconia do not present corrosion, have greater chemical stability and aesthetic level. When smooth titanium implants are compared with zirconia implants, the osteointegration of the different implants at 14 weeks does not present statistically significant differences, but the study reveals that the key factor is the roughness that plays a fundamental role in the osteointegration of the implant. Some criteria to be taken into account for the proper use of zirconia dental implants are also exposed.

Dr Jorge Cortés-Bretón Brinkmann: Zirconia dental implants: Current and future options


  • University professor. Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Degree in Dentistry from the Complutense University of Madrid.
  • Doctor of Dentistry from the Complutense University of Madrid.
  • Fellow of the European Board or Oral Surgery. EFOSS (European Federation of Oral Surgery Societies).
  • Associate Professor in the area of oral surgery of the Department of Clinical Dental Specialties; Faculty of Dentistry UCM.
  • Professor of the Master of Oral Surgery and Implantology. Faculty of Dentistry UCM.
  • Professor of the Master’s Degree in Oral and Facial Prosthesis and Occlusion. Faculty of Dentistry UCM.
  • Member of the UCM Research Group (Surgical and implantological therapeutic protocols in the oral cavity)
  • Author and co-author of more than 50 articles in indexed journals of the specialty.

Lecture abstract
In contemporary implant dentistry, titanium and its alloys are considered the benchmark material for fabricating dental implant. But in recent years several questions have arisen about problems that occasionally occur with titanium implants, pointing to a need for an alternative material. At the present time, several ceramic implant brands and designs are available on the market, both one-piece zirconia implants (O-PZI) and more recently T-PZI. To date, the more widely used and scientifically documented zirconia implant systems are O-PZIs. However O-PZI presents several drawbacks mainly due to its one-piece presentation. This fact explains the current and future trend towards T-PZI. Nevertheless medium/long-term clinical investigations of T-PZI have been scarce.


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