Meet Dr. Dimitrios Karastathis


Dr. Dimitrios Karastathis completed his training in Periodontics and a Masters Degree in Craniofacial Sciences from the University of British Columbia in 2011. He currently owns and operates a full-time periodontal practice in Vancouver, where he performs numerous surgical procedures including pocket elimination surgery, crown lengthening, gingival grafting, and complex bone grafting and implant placement. In addition to his practice, Dr. Karastathis teaches the residents at VGH and UBC, and lectures both nationally and internationally on the topics of peri-implant disease, gingival grafting, and implant planning and placement. When not practising dentistry, Dr. Karastathis enjoys practicing Jiu-Jitsu, travelling with his family, and
spending time on Salt Spring Island.

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2020/2021 Curriculum and Dates

Session 1 - Apr 27, 2020

  • Intro and overall objectives of course
  • Intro to implants and drill sequences
  • Drill implants into typodonts (simple, dense bone, angle adjustment)

Session 2 - May 25, 2020

  • Jaw anatomy
  • Value of CT scans
  • Discuss different implant types
  • Cover screw vs healing abutments
  • Drill implants into typodonts

Session 3 - Jun 29, 2020

  • Medical history review
  • Surgical instruments and techniques
  • Drill implants into animal jaws

Session 4 - Sep 28, 2020

  • Proper charting
  • Informed consent
  • Discussion regarding options to treat deficient bone
  • Importance of soft tissue
  • Surgery on typodonts/animal jaws

Session 5 - Oct 26, 2020

  • Guided surgery
  • Restoring implants
  • Surgery on typodonts/animal jaws

Session 6 - Nov 30, 2020

  • Monitoring implants
  • Peri-implant bone loss and disease
  • Discuss patient cases for surgery
  • Surgery on typodonts/animal jaws/surgery performed by specialist on a patient

Session 7 & 8 - Jan 16 and 23, 2021

  • Surgeries on your patients

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"I'd like to express my thanks the VDEC implant mentorship program and VDECs continued support of helping and advising me over the last few years for surgeries.

The surgical mentorship program has allowed me to continue developing and be confident in placing implants with grafting procedures. In the two years, since the start of my surgical program, I've been able to offer many patients single implants and alveolar socket preservations in my own office and bring in patients to surgical days for more difficult cases, such as the last two cases with lateral window sinus augmentations.

This program will teach you how to provide esthetically driven implant placement and restorations."

Dr. Stephen Chow


“I am so grateful to have been part of your Implant Study Group for my implants. I’m thrilled with how they turned out. Dr. Chou did a fantastic job. You have made such a stunning transformation of my smile and my life. I can’t thank you enough for your kindness and care about creating a healthy, happy and brilliant smile.”

Denise North

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