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Lunch Hour Lecture | Dental implants and Hollywood smiles: Advances and pitfalls

19 March 2024, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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In this talk, Prof Petridis will showcase the state-of-the-art dental treatments that are available today for tooth replacement.

This event is free.

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About the Lecture:

Beauty and aesthetics have always played a multi-faceted role in human society. During the last decades, smile attractiveness has become a very important factor influencing both personal and professional aspects of everyday life. This has been compounded by the effect of social media and marketing. Dentistry has also evolved significantly over the last decades and has the capacity to predictably restore missing teeth with various modalities, including dental implants, or completely transform the shape and colour of teeth with smile make-overs. The demand for such services has steadily increased and patients are faced with a multitude of offers from dental colleagues. Such dental treatment is usually elective and expensive which also leads to the phenomenon of dental tourism. This presentation will showcase the state-of-the-art dental treatment modalities available today for tooth replacement with dental implants and smile design/make-overs but will also highlight the pitfalls of misinformation, overtreatment and marketing of some dental services.

About the Speaker

Lambis Petridis

Professor and Chair of Prosthodontics at UCL

Professor Lambis Petridis qualified from the Dental School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He completed an Advanced Education Programme in Prosthodontics (1997) and acquired a Master of Science degree (1998) at Tufts University, Boston. He completed his postgraduate studies with a PhD degree from Aristotle University (2001). He currently serves as Professor and Chair of Prosthodontics at UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London, and Consultant at the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospital.