Cruise & Learn: Periodontics 2015: A Refresher Course for Practitioners

Feb 15-22, 2015

Periodontal examination and diagnosis techniques will be examined including manual and electric probing, conventional radiography and the use of 3-dimensional digital techniques. Specific gingival diseases will be reviewed including viral and fungal infections in addition to all classifications of desquamative gingivitis.  Periodontal diseases will be discussed and classified.   Etiology of all diseases will be presented including the microbiology of various disease entities.  The relationship between periodontal diseases and systemic health will be explored including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and effects of nicotine. Occlusal trauma diagnosis and treatment will be explained. Non-surgical treatment for both gingival and periodontal diseases will be thoroughly communicated.  Mechanical and medicinal treatments both conventional and advanced will be reviewed. Recommendations for proper periodontal maintenance procedures and frequencies will be given.

Surgical treatments for periodontal pocket elimination and guided tissue regeneration will be presented.  Osseous surgery including ostectomy and osteoplasty will be demonstrated.  Functional crown lengthening will be explained and reviewed. Autogenous, allograft, xenograft and alloplast grafting will be compared and benefits as well as detriments of each explained.  Advantages and disadvantages of resorbable and non-resorbable membranes will be presented.  Biologic materials which provide regeneration such as enamel matrix derivatives will be reviewed.

Periodontal plastic surgery techniques will be presented.  Various types of root coverage procedures utilizing autogenous tissue, allograft tissue and guided tissue regeneration will be explored. Concepts and methods concerning esthetic crown lengthening will be detailed.  Hard and soft reconstruction of horizontal and vertical ridge discrepancies will be presented.  Techniques to preserve or augment interproximal papilla will be discussed.

Oral Implantology will be reviewed.  Biological and clinical aspects of dental implants as well as evaluation of the potential implant patient and treatment planning will be presented.  Conventional implant techniques will be compared and contrasted to advanced implant techniques such as immediate placement of dental implants in both the anterior and posterior areas as well as immediate temporization of single tooth and complete arch restorations.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the attendee will demonstrate knowledge of the following:

  • How to properly diagnose periodontal diseases clinically and radiographically
  • Definition of periodontal health
  • Classification and etiology of gingival diseases and their treatment
  • Classification and etiology of periodontal diseases and their treatment including both non-surgical and surgical methods
  • Considerations in the systemic – periodontal interrelationship
  • Surgical methods to treat periodontal diseases: indications and contraindications for various procedures
  • Rationale for pocket elimination surgery or regenerative surgery
  • Mucogingival problems and various treatment modalities including soft tissue regeneration for root coverage and ridge augmentation
  • Periodontal plastic surgical techniques including esthetic crown lengthening and papilla treatment
  • Oral Implantology treatment planning and case selection
  • Theory behind standard and advanced implantology techniques: rationale and decision for treatment selection
  • Implant complications and solutions


Michele J. Dimaira
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