For the patient, the question “How much do I suffer?” remains crucial when it comes to dental implant therapy. Expectations have evolved while surgical techniques and the “hardware” have become more and more refined and sophisticated. Bilal Al-Nawas welcomes the trend towards smaller implants and observes the increasing importance of biomaterials.

Professor Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Bilal Al-Nawas is a full time Professor and Medical Director at the Department of Oral, Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery at the J. Gutenberg University of Mainz. He has been an Adjunctive Associate Professor at Kyung Hee University School of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea since 2009. A graduate in dentistry and medicine, Bilal Al-Nawas has been affiliated with the University of Mainz for more than 15 years. His major clinical and scientific focus in dental implantology is on clinical studies and basic research. His clinical field of work is compromised patients with risk factors or local bone deficiency, as well as tumor and cleft reconstructions. He has published over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals: He is a Fellow of the ITI Section Germany, an Education Delegate and a member of the Research Committee. In 2006 & 2010 he was awarded: “Best Teacher at the Medical Faculty”. Since 2012 he is speaker of the University Medical Center Focus: BiomaTiCS – Biomaterials, Tissues and Cells. He is President of the International Federation of Dental Anesthesiology Societies (IFDAS) and Secretary General of the German Society of Implantalogy (DGI).