Hard Tissue Grafting and Basic Soft Tissue Management in Dental Implant Therapy

Date: Friday - Saturday, March 4-5, 2022
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Registration: 7:30am - 8:00am
  • Lecture: 8:00am - 5:00pm both days
  • Breakfast & lunch provided
Venue: Red Rock Institute
City: Las Vegas, NV
Country: USA
Tuiton: $1,195
Number of Credits: 16 CE Credit Hours
Language: EN

Course Description

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, patients desire a predictable, long-lasting, esthetic solution. Dental implants have become the standard of care for meeting these needs, but successful implant therapy requires a solid foundation. When teeth are lost due to disease, infection or trauma, bone quality is often compromised. This course will focus on proper planning and execution of predictable bone grafting techniques to restore a patient’s smile and function with dental implants. Principles of soft tissue management around implants, including flap design, suture techniques, use of membranes and papillae maintenance, will also be presented.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the parameters of true implant success
  • Review the effects of tooth extraction on bone loss and what socket grafting can do for patients
  • A “turn-key” review of various biomaterials for grafting situations
  • Discuss atraumatic extraction techniques
  • Introduction to three types of sockets and how to graft them
  • Review basic soft tissue management for incision/flap design and “must-have” suturing techniques
  • Discuss the vital elements to predictable guided bone regeneration
  • Choosing a barrier membrane
  • Discuss the various ridge augmentation modalities and their potential
  • Discuss the challenges and techniques to overcome vertical bone loss
  • Introduction to the role of growth factors and L-PRF to enhance surgical technique and results
  • Management of common surgical complications
  • How to avoid creating soft tissue defects during implant surgery
  • Discuss the importance of soft tissue thickness and biotype around dental implants
  • How to properly uncover an implant
  • Managing the soft tissue with provisional restorations
  • Accurate impression-making for ideal implant crowns
  • Post-operative management
  • Tips for the dental and business team in your office
**Participants will practice grafting techniques in a hands-on exercise utilizing pig jaws, following faculty demonstration.                                                                            **A live patient surgery demonstration on extraction and socket grafting will also be presented.


Dr. David Wong

Dr. David Wong received his undergraduate education and dental training at the University of Oklahoma. He then went on to complete a three year residency in periodontics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology as well as a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is a published author in several peer-reviewed dental journals but has also reached a mainstream audience in media such as Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Wong presently resides in Tulsa with his wife and three children where he maintains a full-time private practice.

Dr. Curry Leavitt

Dr. Leavitt is a native of Las Vegas and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Biology at the University of Utah. He graduated cum laude from Temple University School of Dentistry where he received numerous awards in research and clinical achievement. After graduating dental school, he was accepted into the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Periodontology program, where he received training in multiple surgical and medical disciplines. Dr. Leavitt received dual certificates in Periodontology from UAB and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs hospital. He received the UAB research fellowship and earned a masters degree in clinical dentistry comparing bone density values using cone beam CT images and histological bone biopsies. Dr. Leavitt enjoys teaching and has lectured to large groups concerning the effects of periodontal disease on systemic health and ridge augmentation techniques. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicines dental GPR program. Dr. Leavitt has interests in esthetic gingival surgery, bone augmentation, and dental implant surgery.

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