Bone and Soft Tissue Grafting for the Dental Implantologist: Hands-On Cadaver Course
Bone and Soft Tissue
Grafting for the
Dental Implantologist
Hands-On Cadaver Course

April 17-19, 2008
August 14-16, 2008
November 13-15, 2008

Presented at
The Medical University of South Carolina
College of Dental Medicine
Charleston, South Carolina
By the Department of Stomatology
Division of Periodontics

Medical University of South Carolina

Corporate Co-sponsors:
Zimmer Dental Division
Salvin Dental Specialties
Materialise Dental/Simplant


     This course is designed to give clinicians the confidence to perform soft tissue grafts, appropriate flap design for full and partial thickness flaps, suturing and advanced bone grafting procedures upon returning to their offices. Our structure is a combination of in-depth lecture, over the shoulder demonstration and a hands-on workshop with models and fresh frozen cadaver heads on advanced bone grafting for implant placement. One of the unique features of our course is that we provide panoramic radiographs of every cadaver head to simulate a realistic learning experience. This is the closest thing to performing live surgery!

     Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual which compiles Powerpoint slides from the lecture, as well as current literature covering specific surgical procedures. This makes following the lecture more enjoyable than having to take detailed notes, and provides an excellent reference back in the office after the course. Each participant will also receive a personalized monogrammed scrub as well as a soft sided attaché.


     After completing this course the clinician should be able to treatment plan dental implants based on prosthetic classifications, divisions of available bone and classifications of bone density. The surgeon will be able to provide appropriate manipulation and grafting of the soft tissues. Finally, the implant surgeon will have a more thorough understanding of advanced bone grafting procedures which will ultimately improve implant success, longevity and esthetics for their patients.


Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Lecture Format covering:
  • Importance of attached tissue around teeth and implants
  • Surgical anatomy of soft tissue
  • Blood supply of soft tissue
  • Incision and flap design for grafts and implants
  • Full thickness and split thickness flaps
  • Spreading of soft tissue flaps for coverage
  • Free gingival graft
  • Subepithelial connective tissue graft
  • Suturing of grafts and flaps
  • Choosing suture material
  • Use of growth factors with soft tissue grafts

Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Lecture Format covering:
  • Divisions of available bone
  • Classification of bone density
  • Twelve keys to bone grafting
  • Socket / ridge preservation after extraction
  • Monocortical block onlay grafting from symphysis and ramus
  • Puros block allograft
  • Sinus grafting
  • Classification of sinuses
  • Introduction to Cone Beam CT technology
  • Introduction to Piezotome surgery instrument
  • Platelet rich plasma

Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Cadaver lab performing sinus/onlay grafts
  • Cadaver lab harvesting free gingival graft and connective tissue graft
  • Pig jaws for soft tissue grafting
  • Hands-on models for sinus and block allografts
  • Platelet rich plasma


Due to the number of surgical instruments and cadaver heads needed for the lab, and in order to provide an outstanding faculty to participant ratio, the course must be limited to thirty participants per course. In order to attend the course date of your choice we recommend that you register early.

Special rates for area lodging:

Charleston Place Hotel Historic District:
205 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
800-611-5545, 843-724-4900

Courtyard by Marriott:
35 Lockwood Dr.
Charleston, SC 29401

Comfort Inn:
144 Bee Street
Charleston, SC 29401
877-424-6423, 843-577-2224


John Russo, D.D.S., M.H.S.

Course Director: John Russo, D.D.S., M.H.S.
is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He completed his periodontal training and earned a Master in Health Sciences degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Russo is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is in private practice in Sarasota, FL and is a clinical assistant professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Division of Periodontics. He is an author and an International lecturer on bone grafting and dental implant surgery.

Other Course Faculty:

Dr. Theirry Bacro. Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy.

Dr. Bob Gellin. Interim Chair of the Department of Stomatology, and Professor and Director of the Division of Periodontics, Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Joe Krayer. Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Periodontics, Division of Periodontics, Department of Stomatology, Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Renata Leite. Assistant Professor, Division of Periodontics, Department of Stomatology, Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. P. D. Miller. Recognized as an international expert in the field of soft tissue grafting, having introduced new concepts and procedures to Periodontics.

"The experience was excellent and I learned a lot! All of the faculty and staff were congenial and helpful."
– Gordon Christensen DDS, MSD, PhD
Director, Practical Clinical Courses. Co-Founder and Senior Consultant, Clinical Research Associates, Provo, UT

“Fantastic! As real as it can be. The feeling of moving the tissue and cutting of the bone was awesome. Thanks for a wonderful course.”
– Rob Heller DDS, Prosthodontist
Co-Director Midwest Implant Institute, Lewis Center, OH

“One of the best courses I have taken. Very informative and educational. I would recommend this course to anyone doing implants.”
– Walter F. “Jack” Turbyfil, Jr., DMD, Implantologist
International Implant Lecturer, West Columbia, SC


Tuition: $3,800
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