For his pioneering use of microsurgery in periodontics, Santa Barbara’s own Dennis A. Shanelec, D.D.S. is named the 2010 American Academy of Periodontology “Master Clinician.” The Master Clinician Award, sponsored by Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., is given annually to an AAP member who has practiced and demonstrated consistent clinical excellence in periodontics and who has willingly and unselfishly shared that clinical experience with members of the profession.

Dennis A. Shanelec

The AAP recognizes Dr. Shanelec for his innovation in periodontics by using microsurgery for aesthetics in dental implants and gum restoration. The Award was presented to Dr. Shanelec at the AAP Annual Meeting on October 31, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. Shanelec, having personally experienced how devastating it can be to lose a front tooth, has made it his mission to reduce the physical, emotional and psychological impact for his patients. “Losing a tooth is significant—and that’s the reason my work is so personal. This technology simply wasn’t available when I lost my front tooth. I see the amazing results for my patients and I have made a point to further the use of dental implant microsurgery in periodontics as a whole.”

A highly esteemed international lecturer and published author on magnification in dentistry and periodontal microsurgery, Dr. Shanelec is the founder of the Microsurgery Training Institute, where he has trained hundreds of dental clinicians and educators. Dr. Shanelec has also contributed to the development of several microsurgery instruments for use in both periodontology and implantology. His innovations have increased surgical precision, resulting in minimized trauma, faster recovery and better results for countless patients.

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Dennis Shanelec, D.D.S. specializes in microsurgical periodontics and dental implants reconstruction. With over three decades of experience, Dr. Shanelec is a pioneer in microsurgery and an authority on dental magnification. His office is located in Santa Barbara, California.

The Microsurgery Training Institute was founded in 1994 by Dennis Shanelec, D.D.S. to teach and train dentists to develop sound microsurgical skills. Dr. Shanelec has trained more than 600 dentists in periodontal microsurgery. The Institute was the first of its kind and continues to be a worldwide leader in such training.

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is an 8000-member international professional organization for periodontists – specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and the placement of dental implants. The current membership includes periodontists and general dentists from all 50 states as well as around the world.


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