Dennis A. Shanelec, DDS


1515 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-0039


Specialist in Periodontics


  • Dental Implant Reconstruction
  • Bone Preservation & Grafting
  • Surgical Removal of Teeth
  • Aesthetic Tissue Sculpting
  • Periodontal Microsurgery
  • Complex Implant Aesthetics

About Dr. Shanelec

Dr. Shanelec has been providing dental implant treatment for patients in Santa Barbara for over 25 years, setting a standard for excellence in aesthetic dental implants and soft tissue sculpting.  As a result of his reputation for clinical excellence and superior aesthetics, patients are referred to him not only by general dentists, but also by other specialists.

A native of Southern California, Dr. Shanelec attended the UCLA School of Dentistry, where he earned his DDS.  He continued his education with a periodontal surgical residency and certification at the University of Southern California Dental School.  He is one of only 100 worldwide Fellows in the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

Expertise in Dental Implants

Dr. Shanelec is recognized internationally as the founder of periodontal and dental implant microsurgery, as a minimally invasive alternative to conventional surgical procedures.  The precision of microsurgery has taken aesthetic dental implants to a new level.  Dr. Shanelec is an international lecturer and has shared his knowledge with thousands of colleagues worldwide at major conferences and symposia.

Dedicated to the advancement of implant dentistry and Periodontology, Dr. Shanelec has been involved in research and innovation for the past few decades.  His research and invaluable contributions to the profession have been published in his numerous articles and scientific papers, including chapters on microsurgery in four leading Periodontology textbooks

Leadership in the Dental Profession

Dr. Shanelec has been a leader in the profession for over three decades.  He served as President of the California Society of Periodontists in 1988, implementing the first public awareness campaign in the country about periodontal disease and the partnership between general dentists and Periodontists in maintaining optimal oral health.

Recognized by colleagues throughout the world for his clinical excellence, Dr. Shanelec not only pioneered dental implant and periodontal microsurgery, but he is also the Director and Founder of the premier training center in the world for these procedures, the Microsurgery Training Institute in Santa Barbara.  He has personally trained hundreds of dentists and specialists from across the U.S. as well as many other countries on the innovative techniques that he developed.

Honors and Awards

The profession has acknowledged Dr. Shanelec’s innumerable contributions to the profession by presenting him with several honors and awards, including the American Academy of Periodontology Master Clinician Award 2010, the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry Master of Innovation Award 2005, the Dentistry Today Outstanding Lecturer in Periodontics 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, the California Society of Periodontists Award for Outstanding Achievement 1988 and the California Society of Periodontists Award for Clinical Excellence 1986.