Periodontal plastic surgery: a clinician’s perspective on recession coverage

Various flaps designs, soft tissue grafts together with microsurgical techniques have been applied to correct different muco-gingival defects and especially gingival recessions around teeth and implants.
Through clinical case presentations we will summarise the different trends for recession coverage in modern periodontal plastic surgery and compare their clinical effectiveness and the difficulties encountered in their management based on the current evidence. We will present our clinical protocol for diagnosis of the different recession defects, and the decision trees used for the selection of the most appropriate therapeutic approach based on an estimation of local and systemic factors. Finally, clinician’s perspectives, and patient’s expectations will be projected against clinical outcomes achieved in our postgraduate university clinic.


Dr. Nikos Mardas qualified in Dentistry from Athens University in 1992; He completed his 3-year specialist training and the MS degree in Periodontology in 1997 and his PhD degree in 2005 at the Royal Dental College, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

During the period 2005-2015, he was a Senior Lecturer / Honorary Specialist and M. Clin. Dent/EFP program co-ordinator in Periodontology Unit, at UCL, Eastman Dental Institute. In July 2015, he was appointed Senior Clinical Lecturer & Consultant in Periodontology in Barts & The London School of Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. He is Educational Supervisor for Periodontology Specialty Trainees and the Periodontology Lead for the Undergraduate Curriculum. He is also consultant Periodontist in 4 private practices.

Dr.Nikos Mardas has published more than 60 papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals and 3 chapters in international text books in the field of periodontal, bone regeneration and implant dentistry. He is editorial board member in Clinical Oral Implant Research and regular reviewer for all the leading journals in periodontology and implant dentistry. He has participated in consensus meetings of EAO, ITI, EFP, SENAME and EADE and he is member of the International Experts Panel for Osteology Foundation. Dr Mardas has extensively lectured nationally and internationally and in 2011 was awarded the Basic Research Prize, of the European Association for Osseointegration. During the period 2015-2018 was the Education Delegate for the UK & Ireland ITI section. Currently is Faculty member for British Society of Periodontology and Academic Advisor for British Society of Dental Implantology & Association of Dental Implantology UK.