Minimally Invasive Exodontia and Alveolar Ridge Preservation: A Cadaver Course

Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2015

Atrophy of alveolar ridges following tooth extraction is a common fact and can severely compromise the esthetic and functional rehabilitation of patients. Preservation of the alveolar ridge has become the standard of care and a necessity for the successful contemporary clinician. Minimally traumatic teeth extraction, biomaterials selection, and appropriate surgical technique application are key factors for successful treatment outcome. Numerous options of biomaterials and surgical techniques can be overwhelming for the clinician and can lead to improper clinical management.

This course is designed to teach the general dentist how to effectively and predictably maintain the dimensions of the alveolar ridge following tooth extractions. A unique feature of this course is the use of fresh frozen cadaver heads for practicing minimally traumatic exodontia with the most current instrumentation and surgical techniques for hard and soft tissue preservation following extractions. At the end of the course the participants should have the ability to correctly plan and effectively utilize various surgical extraction ridge preservation techniques.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

-Understand and practice contemporary techniques and instrumentation for minimally traumatic exodontia

-Understand the benefits and rationale for ridge preservation

-Understand how the biologic events during healing of the extraction socket relate to ridge preservation concepts

-Understand the role of different biomaterials on ridge preservation techniques

-Understand the differences between ridge preservation and ridge augmentation procedures

-Understand and apply basic surgical concepts related to ridge preservation procedures

-Understand and apply treatment concepts for compromised and non-compromised extraction sockets

Session 1: Lecture:

Didactic knowledge needed for management of extraction sockets.

Session 2: Participation:

This session is a hands-on session on cadaver heads.


Theofilos Koutouzis
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