Dr. Zoran Kovač


Zoran Kovač, DMD, MSc, PhD graduated from the School of Dental Medicine University of Rijeka, Croatia, 1996. He enrolled in postgraduate studies at the Medical Faculty of the University of Rijeka in 1996. In July 2001, he defended his master’s thesis and in March 2006 he defended his doctoral dissertation. He began his specialization in dental prosthetics in 2001, and passed the specialist exam in 2004. In 2007, he was elected assistant professor, and in 2012, associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka.

He is the author and co-author of more than 50 scientific, professional and review papers. He scientific and professional work covers the field of dental prosthetics, gnathology and dental implantology. Zoran Kovač is lecturer and training course instructor (KOL) at international meetings for Ivoclar Vivadent. He is the head of the Clinical Unit for Dental Prosthetics of the Clinic for Dentistry of the University Hospital Center Rijeka. He is a member of the Croatian Dental Chamber, Croatian Prosthetic Society, European Prosthodontic Association, International Association for Dental Research-Neuroscience group, Croatian Society for Dental Implantology, ITI International Team for Implantology. Moreover, he is the owner of the “Dentex Dental Clinic” in Rijeka.


Digitally guided implantology

Osseointegrated implants are a practical alternative to traditional prosthetics; however, the challenge is to make a prosthetic replacement on the implant from a functional and aesthetic point of view. High precision in planning and performing surgical procedures is important to ensure success rates without causing iatrogenic damage. This can be achieved by computed tomography (CT), three-dimensional implant planning software, 3D-guided template-making techniques, and computer-guided surgery.

The success of implant therapy depends primarily on proper treatment planning and properly performed implant placement surgery. Improper implant placement is a very common occurrence that often complicates clinical and laboratory procedures designed to make prosthetic rehabilitation. This actually requires the close collaboration of prosthetists and surgeons to work together as a team to facilitate the precise design of the surgical guide. The lecture will show the development of a digital plan and the course of implant-prosthetic rehabilitation with surgical guides.