Giovanni Zucchelli

CV / Bio

Prof. Giovanni Zucchelli, DDS, PHD graduated in 1988 from the University of Bologna, Italy with a degree in dentistry. From the same University he was awarded PhD in Medical Biotechnology in 1999.

He is Professor of Periodontology and Implantology at the University of Bologna, Italy since 2000.

Prof. Giovanni Zucchelli received many awards for clinical research in periodontology in Europe and the United States. In 2006 and 2008 was the winner of The AAP Foundation-E Bud Tarrson Reasearch Award in Oral Plastic Surgery.

He is an active member of EAED (European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry), SIdP (Italian Society of Periodontology) and SIO (Italian Society of Osteointegration) and also member of the European Federation of Periodontology.

He is an associate Editor of the International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and Member of the editorial board the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry together with peer reviewer in numerous periodontal and implant Journals.

Innovator of several soft tissue plastic surgical techniques, Prof Giovanni Zucchelli is also author of more than 100 publications in Pubmed.

He was speaker at major international conferences on periodontology and has taught theoretical and practical (with live surgery) courses in numerous countries.

Prof Zucchelli is the author of the book title, ‘Mucogingival Esthetic Surgery’ best seller from Quintessence Publishing which is published in 10 different languages and co-author of two illustrated textbooks on periodontal plastic surgery (Ed. Martina) and of the chapter “Mucogingival Therapy-Periodontal Plastic Surgery” in Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry (Lindhe J, Lang NP, Karring T [eds], Wiley-Blackwell.

The Combined Orthodontic-surgical Treatment of
Deep Gingival Recession in the Lower Incisor

Buccal malposition of teeth may be the result of excessive tooth/teeth proclination beyond the cortical bone as a consequence of specific anatomic conditions, or created (or worsened) by orthodontic movement. In these cases, the occurrence of gingival recession is often associated with poor mucogingival characteristics (e.g. the apical third of the root may become transparently visible through the extremely thin alveolar mucosa, the keratinized tissue apical and lateral to the root surface may be lost completely and the soft tissue apical to the root exposure may become probeable). As a result of these poor mucogingival conditions and root malpositioning, root-coverage surgical techniques become very challenging and complete root coverage is unpredictable . The orthodontic repositioning of root(s) within the limits of the alveolar bone may alter the prognosis of root-coverage procedures as the surgical procedure becomes easier to perform as a result of the improved quality and quantity of the keratinized tissue apical and lateral to the exposed root.