Prof. Dr. Esra Baltacıoğlu

Peri-implant Plastic Surgery: Current approaches to peri-implant hard and soft tissue problems

Thanks to the scientific developments in implant applications, medical success has been increasing day by day and patients’ expectations can be met better. Implant rehabilitation is not a tool any more to restore only chewing and phonetic functions. One of the most important targets of modern implantology is now to achieve ideal treatment outcomes related to the structural and esthetic regeneration of edentalous regions. Long-term success of functions and esthetics in dental implants depends on certain degree of harmony between hard and soft tissues. This is only when we can talk about the health of peri-implant tissue that resists mechanical forces and bacterial plaque. Peri-implant plastic surgical approaches not only provide satisfactory esthetic results covering both hard and soft tissues and also contribute to the formation of healthy peri-implant tissues that resist occlusal forces and mucogingival stress. Treatment of hard and soft tissue problems including peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis that may develop after implantation is another important goal of peri-implant plastic surgery.

She graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Dentistry in 1994. She completed her PhD in 1999 at Hacettepe University Faculty of Dentistry Periodontology Department. In 1999-2004, she worked as specialist periodontist at İstanbul Dentamed Oral and Dental Health Center. She was appointed as the founding faculty member of Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Dentistry in 2004 where she’s held the office of Vice-Dean from and Academic Coordinator 2004 to 2011. She’s still the Head of Periodontology Department she founded since 2004. She received her title of Associate Professor in 2009 and Professor in 2014. She was a visiting lecturer at London University and Marmara University. Since 2020, she’s been a member of The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey Directorate for Scientist Support Programs Group Steering Committee (TÜBİTAK BİDEP GYK). She conduct scientific studies on oxidative stress, host response, oral pathology, gene polymorphism and oral implantology. Advanced implant surgery, periimplantitis treatment, periimplant and periodontal plastic surgery, regenerative periodontal surgery, LASER applications and periodontal treatments of systemic diseases are her special interests in clinical practice.