A remarkable event occurred in the Spring of 1982. Professor George Zarb hosted a meeting at the University of Toronto to introduce the North American dental profession to a Swedish Professor whose research with titanium dental analogs in humans could potentially be a game changer. For those in attendance, including a very junior academic from Texas, it was a life altering experience. For those who have been able to look retrospectively at the implications of The Professor’s work through their own clinical experience, it is irrefutable that the global effect of Osseointegration has been even more life altering for our patients.
Beginning that summer in San Antonio, a close and sometimes contentious relationship with Professor Branemark and his Team Concept has led to magnificent breakthroughs in our ability to treat a broad variety of dental and facial deficiencies. Remarkably, some 45 years later, these innovations continue to increase and proliferate in contemporary implant dentistry.
Through a personal journey, this presentation will trace the evolution of osseointegrated treatment modalities for both intra oral and extra oral application that have reconfigured most dental practices. The resultant outcome has raised the level of reconstructive competence for patient benefit far beyond any of our initial conceptual expectations.
Dr. Parel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, the American and International College of Dentists, and is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Academy of Prosthodontics, and the American College of Prosthodontics. His literature contributions include over 45 scientific articles as principal author, and multiple textbook contributions. He was editor and co-author of Esthetics and Osseointegration, a landmark reference source for implant dentistry. He authored his second book, The SmiLine System in 1991, and completed a third book, Esthetic Implant Restorations several years later. He was co-founder of Osseointegration Seminars, Incorporated, and has been president of The American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, The Academy of Osseointegration, and The Osseointegration Foundation. He has received the Andrew J. Ackerman Award for meritorious lifetime service in the field of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, the Distinguished Lecturer and Dan Gordon Awards from the American College of Prosthodontics, and has served as an examiner and President of The American Board of Prosthodontists. He recently received the Branemark Award for lifetime achievement in the field of Implant dentistry, the highest honor bestowed by the Academy of Osseointegration’s Foundation and The Titanium Society.
Dr. Parel has served as a professor at Baylor College of Dentistry—Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. Since that time until 2013, he served as the founder and director of Prosthodontics at a private Implant Specialty Clinic in Dallas, Texas. He is presently in private practice, and serves as a consultant to several companies in the implant industry.